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UVA Selects Recent Grads to Boost High School Students Toward College

September 1, 2015

In 2005, the University of Virginia launched the Virginia College Advising Corps (then called the College Guide Program), seeking to narrow the growing college access gap for low-income, first-generation and under-represented students. As it marks its 10th anniversary this year, the corps is also celebrating a new wave of growth in Charlottesville and beyond.

UVA Today

Recent College Grad From Stafford Helping Other Black Males Attend School

July 12, 2015

Colin Williams is doing more than talking about his desire to increase the number of black males going to college.

Williams is one of 19 recent graduates from the University of Virginia with the Virginia College Advising Corps. The program places recent college graduates in high-school counseling offices, where they work with students who might not otherwise consider higher education.

Fredericksburg Free Lance Star

The Challenge of the First-Generation Student

May 18, 2015

As colleges seek to diversify their student bodies and patch up their leaky pipelines for disadvantaged students, many are expanding efforts to connect students who are the first in their families to attend college with supportive classmates, advisers, and professors.

Chronicle of Higher Education

College Advising Corps Helps CHS Students

May 9, 2015

As the number of students pursuing higher education increases, so does the number of students whose families lack experience navigating the college-preparatory landscape.

To help increase college access locally, the Virginia College Advising Corps is trying to make the transition to higher education easier for Charlottesville High School students and their families.

Charlottesville Tomorrow

Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That

March 4, 2015

Buried deep in President Obama's 2016 budget (Page 41) is a proposal to cut up to 30 questions from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The Obama administration has already done a lot to make the FAFSA easier — if not shorter. Online technology now allows students to skip questions that don't apply to them.

National Public Radio

CACF Awards $283k in Grants to Ten Area Nonprofits

June 6, 2014

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) is giving $283,000 in grants to ten local non-profits.

Two of the grants support access to post-secondary education and are to agencies who have not received grants before.

Charlottesville Newsplex