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We're an Award-Winning Program!

MCAN's AdviseMI program is one of three programs from throughout the state that were recognized at the 2018 Governor's Service Awards, and honored in the category of Outstanding National Service Program. AdviseMI received the award in recognition for its efforts to improve college access services for more than 120 schools in Michigan. We are deeply appreciative to our partners, including the Michigan State University College Advising Corps. Our partners share our dedication to improving college access and attainment, and we value their support! View the press release

MCAN's AdviseMI team, left to right: Karla Perez Garza, Jahshua Smith, Melissa Steward, 
Brandy Johnson, Jacqueline Ruhland, Emily Halling, and Ryan Fewins-Bliss.  

About AdviseMI

The goal of the program is to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education. The advisers are recent college graduates from partner colleges. After an intensive four-week training, advisers will be poised to help students navigate the complex college exploration process, retake college admissions tests, apply to colleges that are a good match/fit, complete the FAFSA, secure financial aid, and matriculate to college. 

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What You Need to Know

Please refer to the adviser application for complete details.  

 Stipend  Transportation  Housing Education Award  Training

$24,000.00 (before taxes). 

Reliable transportation

Must live in or near the
community in which
you are serving.

$5,920.00 (before taxes).
Possible eligibility for
forbearance of 
federal student loans.

Mandatory orientation
and four-week training,
starting in July 2018.  

2018-2019 Cohort Recruitment

AdviseMI is now recruiting college graduates (or those who will graduate by May 2018) for its fourth-year cohort of college advisers. Applicants may have a Bachelor’s degree in any subject area with a 2016, 2017 or 2018 graduation date. 
Applicants are asked to submit a resume that includes three references, a copy of transcripts and a short essay found in the position description. Additional information and submission requirements can be found in the position description. Please send all application materials to advisemi(a) Applicant interviews will be conducted between February and May 2018. The start date will be in July 8, 2018
Questions about AdviseMI and the application process should be directed to Jacqueline Ruhland, AdviseMI assistant director, by sending an email to advisemi(a)

Application Process

Application Timeline

 Adviser Candidate Interviews SPRING 2018
 Program Begins July 8, 2018
 Tentative Adviser Training (required) July 8 - August 3, 2018
 Adviser Reports to High School Placement         August 13, 2018
 Service Year June 30, 2019

*Dependent on academic school calendar

Funding and Administration

MCAN has secured investment commitment from these leading colleges and other funding partners to sustain the program over multiple years. By braiding together relatively small amounts of funding from multiple sources, the program does not cause a financial strain on any one organization. Successful applicant high schools, a local philanthropic partner, or other entity must provide a cash match for each adviser. MCAN will administer the program by employing and training the advisers.  

College and University Partnerships

We are proud to be partnering with the following universities: 

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