Higher Education Advising
Higher Education Advisors (HEAs) are central to the EIF program as they prepare urban youth to pursue higher education. Full-time HEAs are each dedicated to one campus and assist students in all college preparatory activities (applications for admission, scholarships, testing, financial aid) to ensure that students are prepared to enter and graduate from college. They serve as college advisors, mentors and role models to EIF students whose parents and peers may not understand the value of a formal education or have limited knowledge of what it takes to enter and succeed in college.
In addition to the daily interaction with and guidance to students, HEAs facilitate all student and parent activities throughout the year, such as EIF: G3 seminars (described in the next section), college application and SAT/ACT preparatory workshops. HEAs also facilitate EIF’s annual financial aid workshops for EIF parents and students to complete federal and state financial aid applications.
Evidence of Impact
Last year, EIF helped students complete 21,000 college applications where 98% of our seniors were accepted into college. More than 85% applied for financial aid (FAFSA, TASFA & Scholarships) and we received $132.8 million in scholarships.