Need financial aid guidance? Stop by CaféCollege!
The idea of Cafécollege came from Mayor Julián Castro, who wanted a central place where anyone in San Antonio, Texas could get information, college admission assistance, and financial aid application assistance.
The goal is to create a more educated workforce for our city by increasing the college graduation rate for San Antonio, TX from 23% to 27% by 2014. The San Antonio Education Partnership was selected as operator and manager of the city’s college access and opportunity center, cafécollege.
For more than 20 years, the Education Partnership has successfully convened leaders from all sectors of the community (City of San Antonio’s Mayor and Council, Bexar County’s Judge and Commissioners, Presidents of local colleges and universities, Chambers of Commerce, and Superintendents of major school districts) to support the college dreams of San Antonio’s youth.
The efforts of the Education Partnership have been recognized locally and on a national level for assisting students in gaining access to postsecondary education with a focus on first-generation, underrepresented and low-income students and financial aid guidance.
With cafécollege, the City of San Antonio recognized the Education Partnership’s capacity, knowledge, experience, and extensive network of supporting organizations to offer services in a central facility dedicated to increasing the educational attainment of the San Antonio community. Parents, advisors, educators, and students are all working together toward the common goal of higher education. Together, the City of San Antonio, the Education Partnership, and the community will produce San Antonio’s future leaders.
Cafécollege offers resources and services to the San Antonio community, serving as the catalyst to close the college graduation gap for San Antonio by 2014. It is a one-stop clearing house of information, resources, and experts offering free career guidance services to San Antonians preparing for, applying to, and enrolling in a higher education institution of their choice and completing their college plans. The target audiences for career guidance services are: middle school and high school students and their parents, transfer students, students who stopped attending college and wish to return, and adults who want to go to college for the first time.
Middle school and high school is the perfect time to begin planning for your educational future by taking SAT preparation workshops. By knowing what your interests are, the friendly staff at cafécollege can assist you in discovering different options available to you and start a plan so you are prepared when it is time to graduate. Cafécollege provides SAT preparation workshops so students can learn strategies and practice so they’re confident on test day. Students can also get help with financial aid applications (grants, loans, work study, and scholarships) and college applications.
Parents & Educators
In addition, cafécollege provides college scholarship assistance services to counselors, parents and staff from the various school districts and community organizations to empower them with the information, tools, and resources for assisting their students. One of cafécollege’s goals is to make educators and parents more knowledgeable about the different resources available so they can offer students excellent guidance. From financial aid and college scholarship assistance, to finding the right volunteer opportunity, cafécollege is the destination for the most up-to-date opportunities and college advice.
College Transfer Planning
For students who are already enrolled in college and are looking to transfer, cafécollege can take the guesswork out of the college transfer planning process for a seamless transition. Transferring to a university is an exciting step in collegiate career, but can become overshadowed by the confusing process. Cafécollege offers college transfer planning to prepare students to move to their university of choice. Each university has different transfer requirements regarding GPA and earned hours, and this can even be more specific by major. Cafécollege will assure that every student understands both the admissions and advising process thoroughly.
Return to College
Whether you began your degree and took time off, or want to finally fulfill a lifelong dream, cafécollege will be the support you need to get the college degree you have always wanted. A college education will not only give you more education, but a higher salary and career opportunities as well. It is never too late to go back, and cafécollege will give you the information necessary to turn your dream into reality.
All Center activities revolve around the following key areas: College Admissions Assistance, Financial Aid Guidance, Career Exploration, and College Success. The services are provided via group forums (workshops, tours, presentations, etc.) and on a one-on-one basis. Services offered at cafécollege provide clients the opportunities to “know” information and to “do” activities connected with the knowledge they have gained resulting in the creation of their own personal “toolbox.” All services are free of charge and available in Spanish.
In addition, a website was developed to complement the services to be provided at the college admissions assistance center, www.cafecollege.org, which provides information, resources, and tools for the San Antonio, TX community. The site includes tabs for the multiple target audiences with specific information and resources tailored for that audience. The website also includes a section in Spanish.
Our website provides a calendar of the workshops and events offered.
Proudly serving the San Antonio, TX area with career guidance services and SAT preparation workshops.
cafécollege is pleased to provide its services FREE of charge to:
At cafécollege, the San Antonio Education Partnership College Access and Success Advisor's provide assistance with the following key services:
And remember Hablamos español!
Oct 17, 2011
Funded by the City of San Antonio