University of Washington Partners With College Advising Corps
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—College Advising Corps (CAC) recently announced its partnership with the University of Washington to help boost the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented high school students enrolling in higher education.
“Working together, we can reduce barriers and increase opportunity by empowering Washington’s high school students with the guidance and information they need to apply for college,” said Ekaterina Struett, interim CEO of College Advising Corps.
The lowest submission rate in five years, as of June only 44% of Washington high school seniors had applied for financial aid for college. According to experts, students—especially those in underserved schools—are not equipped to navigate the complicated college application process, to include filling out forms such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
College Advising Corps partners with universities nationwide to place recent college graduates serving as near-peer advisers in underserved high schools. Up to 10 college advisers serving with the University of Washington will be placed in 13 high schools in Skagit, Yakima, Klickitat, and Grant counties. Among other activities, advisers will provide one-on-one admissions and financial aid guidance, help students complete and submit admissions and financial aid applications, work to engage families in support of their students’ college-going process, and collaborate with school faculty to promote the college-going culture at the high school.
College Advising Corps is currently recruiting recent (within the past two years) college graduates to serve a two-year term as full-time college advisers. Health insurance is provided.
The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity at the University of Washington-Seattle is thrilled to partner with College Advising Corp. We are committed to supporting high school students in our partner schools and their families as they explore post-secondary and career opportunities after high school. OMAD has witnessed the power of using near-to-peer advisors with high school students. We hope to recruit advisors that come from the same or similar communities as our partner schools serve, said Patricia Loera, OMAD Associate Vice President, College Access.
For more information on College Advising Corps and its mission to empower student to increase access and equity in education, visit collegeadvisingcorps.org. For more information on the University of Washington program, please contact xxxx or visit xxxx.