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Guiding lights toward college heights

The Missouri College Advising Corps guides students to college

For many students, going to college after high school isn’t a foregone conclusion. To be sure, some lack the grades or the test scores to consider it. But for a surprising number of high-achieving students in areas across Missouri, it’s simply a lack of information about resources.

That’s where the Missouri College Advising Corps comes in. The Corps sends fresh Mizzou graduates to mostly low-income high schools and community colleges statewide to help students through the enrollment or transfer process. The program is made possible thanks to a $1 million startup grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and matching funding from Mizzou.

The age proximity between student and adviser facilitates communication, and since the advisers recently went through the process themselves, they know the ropes. They help students set goals, apply for scholarships, loans and federal aid, and register for the ACT and SAT.

The following eight Missouri college guides describe their experiences through one year with the program, and why they think the corps is effective. MIZZOU talked to Adam Higgins, the ninth college guide, in "Note to self: Go to college."

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