PARTNERS | High School Programs

AdviseAZ - An Earn to Learn and AzCAN Program

The Need. In Arizona, the student-to-counselor ratio is 905:1 and high schools have inadequate capacity to provide one-to-one college advising. High school students need support navigating the complex process of college admissions and financial aid. We believe that well-trained school counselors are poised to be the best method of ensuring students access to postsecondary education. Where school counselors are overstretched, college advisers are able to serve as a capacity builder and a support in partnership with the high school counseling staff.

The Model. The AdviseAZ program embeds well-trained, dedicated, near-peer college advisers in high schools and community sites 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. The advisers are current college students or recent college graduates. After an intensive 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 important advisers serve as experts, mentors, and guides to the students they serve in partnership with school counselor(s), educators and community partners.

Earn to Learn and Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) administer the program by employing and training the advisers. Successful applicant high schools, a local community partner or other entity provides a cash match for each adviser.

Partnership Expectations. Earn to Learn and AzCAN are seeking responses from high school leadership (administrators and school counselors) and community partners committed to supporting a dedicated, part-time, college adviser to dramatically raise their college-going rates through a systematic team approach. Interested partners should complete and submit the application below to: Please provide several assurances and a minimum of one letter of support (described below). By completing the application, partners commit to participating in the program for a minimum of three academic years (2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22) and sharing the required cost. The Annual Cost Share Requirement* will increase over the first three years of the program as such:

Year 1 $3,000
Year 2 $4,500
Year 3 $6,000

*Cost share requirement is waived for participating College Knowing & Going high schools

These funds can be provided by district and non-district sources, including but not limited to: a community foundation, an intermediate school district, a United Way, a family foundation, a corporation/business, a local government, or any combination. If you need assistance locating cost share or drafting a funding request, AzCAN can provide support.

High School Application Timeline

Request for Proposals Available: May 20, 2019
Application Deadline: August 1, 2019
Initial High School Partnerships Announced: August 10, 2019
Adviser Candidate Interviews: Summer 2019
Program Begins: September 2019
Tentative Adviser Training (Required): September 2019*
Adviser reports to High School Placement: September 2019*
Program Ends: August 2022

*Dependent on academic school calendar

Award Process

Partner sites will be selected through a competitive selection process. Final decisions regarding selection will be based on the information provided in your application, the buy-in as demonstrated by the letter(s) of support provided, and the level of need communicated in the proposal. For more information or to set up an application pre-review, contact Roxanne Dewyer, Director of Statewide Initiatives and AzCAN, at 602.687.7450 or via email at

School Sites

Southern AZ School Sites

Alta Vista High School

Catalina High School

Cienega High School

Desert View High School

Mission Heights High School

Nogales High School

Pueblo High School

Rincon High School

Sahuarita High School

STAR Academic Center

Sunnyside High School

Tucson High School

Walden Grove High School

Central AZ & Northern AZ School Sites

San Luis High School

Thunderbird High School

Yuma High School

Northern Arizona College Resource Center

  • Coconino High School
  • Flagstaff High School
  • Summit High School

Globe High School

South Pointe High School

Kofa High School

Gila Ridge High School

Mission Heights Preparatory High School

Mohave High School

College Bound AZ

  • Sequoia High School

Lake Havasu High School

Be a Leader Foundation

  • Betty Fairfax High School
  • Cesar Chavez High School
  • Academies at South
  • North High School
  • Camelback High School
  • Bostrom High School
  • Franklin High School
  • Bioscience High School
  • Phoenix Coding High School