Assistance applying to college will be available to some Missouri high school students this week. The Missouri Department of Higher Education says, for the first time, the state is participating in what's known as "College Application Week." Similar events are held each fall in 24 other states.
Members of the Missouri College Advising Corps will be available to help students at 26 high schools in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas and parts of rural Missouri.
The goal is to increase the number of college applications coming from students in low-income families and from those who would be the first in their families to attend college.
The advisers are recent University of Missouri graduates. The university received a $1 million grant in 2007 to launch the adviser corps.