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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

Useful Links  

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board COVID-19 Updates

Texas Education Agency COVID-19 Updates


SAT The College Board has cancelled the March 28, 2020 and May 2, 2020 national test administrations. Registered students will receive a refund. The College Board has not yet cancelled the national SAT test administration scheduled for June 6, 2020. The College Board is assessing future testing opportunities as well as drafting guidance on school day administrations for the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. The College Board will update their webpage regularly with information about the impact of the coronavirus. 
To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp while many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools at
ACT ACT has rescheduled the April 4, 2020 national test administration to June 13, 2020. ACT will send an email to registered students with instructions on how to reschedule. ACT is assessing guidance on district/school day administrations and has created a webpage with real-time updates for this evolving situation.






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