Programs & Services

Prepare for College & Career

College Now advisors provide support and resources to middle school students, high school students and adult learners to prepare for and explore educational opportunities after high school, including 2-year, 4-year college and technical/vocational certificate programs. College Now advisors serve 29,000 students each year – students starting as early as middle school, traditional high school students and adult learners – in more than 185 settings, including schools, our downtown Resource Center, businesses and community settings.

Prepare for College & Career

At College Now, advisors are uniquely trained to match individuals of all ages and levels of experience with the educational pathways to wealth-creating occupations. This is not a “one size fits all” approach. For some the educational pathway might be a four-year degree in accounting; for others, a two-year nursing degree; and still for others, an 18-month welding apprenticeship.

College Now advisors meet students where they are, assess their education and career experience and goals, and match them with the opportunities that are their best fit.

College and Career Access Advising

College Now advisors provide guidance and resources to students to prepare for and explore postsecondary educational opportunities, including two-year, four-year and certificate programs. With the help of College Now advisors, students develop a college and career plan by:

  • determining skills and interests
  • exploring career fields and coinciding
  • academic programs
  • navigating the admissions process, and
  • registering for required tests

Scholarship and Retention Services

To be selected to receive a College Now scholarship, students must attend a high school served by a College Now advisor. Winners are selected based on recommendations by the advisor, and students must meet our criteria for academic performance (high school grades and SAT/ACT test scores) and have financial need.

Learn more about the schools College Now serves across Greater Cleveland. Talk to your advisor for more information on our scholarships, including eligibility and requirements.

You can also access Scholarship Renewal Forms here.

Financial Aid and Student Loan Counseling

College Now offers advising in schools, in our Resource Center and at community venues on student financial aid, including:

  • learning about financial aid options
  • completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), federal, state, institutional and private grants, loans and scholarships
  • evaluating financial aid award packages

The advisors focus on helping students achieve a goal of securing maximum financial aid with minimal loan debt.