College and Career Advising

Enhance college and career advising so that more learners can make well-informed decisions and have the support they need to persist to completion. Expand the capacity of colleges and high schools, and target interventions to populations at greatest risk of being left behind.

Recommendation 12

College and Career Advising

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All students benefit from help in making the transition to college, persevering through challenges, and navigating a multitude of decisions toward credential attainment. However, high school and community college advising programs are stretched thin. Without access to robust college and career advising services, students may not get the information they need to choose colleges or classes, understand how to pay for postsecondary education, and know where to turn for support. For employers looking for skilled workers, shortcomings in advising programs can cause talent pipelines to dry up because students may never learn about in-demand careers that pay family-supporting wages.


JFF calls on states to hire more college and career advisors, deploy new technology tools, and recruit and manage volunteer mentors for students. States should also consider new approaches to postsecondary funding, because current models are typically based on instructional costs and do not include earmarks for student services such as advising. In addition, states should back efforts to engage people who need special support to enter and complete college, including foster care youth, justice-involved individuals, and adults who have attended college but haven’t earned a degree.