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We are thrilled to introduce you to ADVi, a new virtual tool to support college advising from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). 

ADVi is a handy addition to your tool belt anytime, but it may be especially useful during this challenging time, when you are working with your students from a distance.

What is ADVi?

ADVi is a chatbot – free to use* – that can answer college questions via a text message or web chat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At this critical time of rapidly changing expectations and needs, ADVi can help ensure students have a place to ask their college questions and get reminded about the steps they need to take to ensure they stay on track. 

*ADVi is free to use, but data and message rates may apply based on the user's mobile phone plan. 

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How do I use ADVi?

The first step is to try it for yourself! Text COUNSELOR to 512-826-3687 to get started. Once you’ve opted in, you'll receive tips about how to share ADVi with your students and will have opportunities to tell us how we can best support you. ADVi can also answer your questions and will be a reliable source of information during this unprecedented time. 

What kinds of questions can ADVi answer?

ADVi provides answers to general questions about applying to college, financial aid, the FAFSA and TASFA, scholarships, and much more. ADVi provides only limited institution-specific information, but is backed up by a team of well-trained near-peer advisers who can jump into the conversation if a student needs more detail or has questions ADVi cannot answer.

Who made ADVi?

ADVi was created by the THECB in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin.

Want to learn more?

Check out or contact Erin Willig at

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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board COVID-19 Updates

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