HOW WE SUPPORT YOU

ABOUT STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES:

KC Scholars and our partners are dedicated to helping you complete your college degree! KC Scholars’ awardees will receive support services focused on college enrollment advisement as well as persistence and completion support once enrolled in college.

Examples of support services provided are: one-on-one and group advising; assistance with college admissions applications, essays, scholarship applications, and FAFSA completion; assistance registering and prepping for college entrance tests; advisement for parents and family; financial literacy and paying for college education; campus tours; campus rep visits and interactions; education about how financial aid works and understanding financial aid awards; and general assistance knowing how to be ready for and admitted to college. Once in college, KC Scholars’ awardees will be required to participate in an assigned program or service on their enrolled campus.

Support services will be provided through partnerships with the following organizations as well as KC Scholars’ network of 17 colleges and universities.

COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS

College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education. To do this, we place well-trained, recent college graduates, from 24 partner institutions of higher education, as full-time near-peer college advisers in the nation’s underserved schools. We provide the support that high school students need to navigate the complex processes of college admissions, securing financial aid, and enrolling in schools that serve them well. Because advisers are close in age and background to the students they serve, they can connect with students in ways others often cannot. Our model not only offers assistance to students, but also provides jobs for recent college graduates. In the 2015-­2016 school year, College Advising Corps consists of 532 advisers in 531 high schools serving over 140,000 students.

Established in 2005, College Advising Corps allows higher education to play a part in K-12 education reform policy and contributes to the national conversation about college access, completion and affordability and economic competitiveness and mobility. College Advising Corps is an independent, non-profit organization.

KC DEGREES

As part of the national consortium of the Graduate Network!, KC Degrees is based at Mid-America Regional Council and aligned with KC Scholars and other metro initiatives to increase postsecondary attainment in Kansas City. KC Degrees uniquely serves adults with some college and no degree. KC Degrees provides in-person, phone, and online advisement to adults considering re-entry into college and helps them understand their post-secondary options as well as provide assistance navigating the process.

College Success Navigators will be strategically located throughout the metropolitan area to speak with adults who may be considering college re-entry. KC Degrees will work closely with businesses to encourage employees to continue their education, work closely with adult-serving community organizations and partner with KC Scholars.

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS

The Kansas State College Advising Corps program is a solution for Greater Kansas City’s workforce development. Housed at K-State Olathe and supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, it is a “best fit” college advising model that helps low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students navigate the complex issues associated with selecting and entering a university of their choice.

The pilot year will serve six high schools from the Shawnee Mission School District, the Olathe School District and the Turner School District. These districts have a significant population of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, or the districts are forecasted to have a significant ethnic and income shift. More than 10,000 students enrolled in the six partner high schools will be direct beneficiaries of this program.

MISSOURI COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS

Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC) hires recent graduates of the four University of Missouri campuses to work in 41 partner high schools across Missouri to empower Missouri students to go to college and succeed. MCAC partner schools have high percentages of first-generation college, low-income, and underrepresented students at risk of not going to college. MCAC college advisers help students understand that they can complete a college degree, find their “best fit” post-secondary institution, and navigate the process of applying for admission and financial aid. Advisers are immersed in the school and are available to guide students through the college planning and preparation, applications, and financial aid processes.

Working alongside counselors, MCAC college advisers, who are themselves recent college graduates, model that college is within reach and, because of this near-peer approach, uniquely interact with students. While many college access programs provide part-time off-site services, MCAC college advisers devote full-time attention to college advising and are immersed in the setting and available to students all day, every day throughout the school year and beyond.

  • MCAC advisement is made available to ALL students in the school.
  • MCAC helps students find their “best-fit” postsecondary institution and does not recruit for any one institution.
  • MCAC concentrates its efforts in both urban and rural areas of the state.