The AdviseMI host site application process for 2023-24 has closed. If you are interested in learning more about hosting an AdviseMI college adviser, contact Jenny McArdle, director of service strategy.

MCAN is seeking responses from high school administrators and school counselors who are committed to supporting a dedicated, full-time college adviser in their building and raising their college-going rates through a systematic team approach. High schools with fewer than 75 graduating seniors can (but are not required to) partner with up to one other school to split the adviser’s time and the cost share.

What is AdviseMI?

AdviseMI/MSUCAC embeds well-trained, dedicated college advisers in high schools that serve significant numbers of low-income and first-generation college-going students. The goal of the program is to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education.

After an intensive orientation and training, advisers are 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. These game-changing advisers serve as experts, mentors, champions, and to students, working in partnership with school counselors and other school staff.

What High Schools are Saying

"East Kentwood High School students have benefitted from a dedicated, trained, AdviseMI college adviser for the past five and a half years. Our wonderful advisers have made the students, many of whom are first-generation college-going, feel more confident and motivated to apply to college, complete the FAFSA, and enroll in their chosen program. The college adviser has been able to complement our school counseling program, collaborating with the counselors to ensure each student has the support they need to pursue their own unique path."

Kathryn VanOveren, school counselor
East Kentwood High School

"Having an AdviseMI college adviser at Montague High School has enabled us to work closer toward achieving best practices in college access and awareness as opposed to simply hanging on as we work to support students. Montague High School has one counselor for over 460 students and addressing all needs for all students is not possible with one staff member. The college adviser position has dedicated an individual with a singular focus to our seniors. This is critical for enabling students to take those next steps toward postsecondary success with confidence. The college adviser is able to implement year-long programming with intention to our seniors and also to create awareness among our underclassmen."

Rob Patton, school counselor
Montague High School

"We have had very positive experiences with all of our AdviseMI college advisers throughout the years. They are well trained and up to date on programs and processes for postsecondary education and career planning. College advisers have played an integral role in working with students and their families, community members, and counselors and staff at Port Huron High School. They are a wonderful addition to our team."

Gale Simon, school counselor
Port Huron High School

Request for Proposals

See the Request for Proposals here along with the application template. This can be used to help schools draft their application, but actual applications are to be submitted online.

While this application is for schools to participate in the program beginning in August 2023, we do have a few openings for schools that can begin participation as early as January 2023. If you are interested in this, please indicate so in your narrative responses or let us knowvia email.

Please contact Jenny McArdle with any questions about this opportunity.

New 2023-24 Partner Sites

This year, we're thrilled to welcome several new schools to the AdviseMI program:

  • Bay City Western High School
  • Delta-Schoolcraft ISD
  • Gaylord High School
  • Hamtramck High School
  • West Michigan Aviation Academy
  • Windover High School

Annual Cost Sharing Requirement

Year one: $10,000
Year two: $12,500
Year three: $15,000