Interested in getting started with ADVi?

Unsure of the steps to take to get to college? Have questions about the college application process, including putting together your application and applying for financial aid? ADVi can help!

To get started, take one of these steps:

  1. Text COLLEGE to 512-829-3687 or
  2. Start a freshman application on ApplyTexas and make sure the ADVi opt-in checkbox is checked!

Please note: you must be at least 13 years old to opt in to text ADVi.

What happens when you opt in to ADVi?

Once you opt in, you’ll get a welcome text. This will include information about what ADVi can help with and how ADVi will keep your information safe.

ADVi will also ask a few questions to learn more about you and where you are in the process of choosing a pathway to further your education. Then you’re all set to start asking questions – any time, 24/7.

If you are in the process of applying to a college or university, ADVi will also reach out to you 2-3 times a week with helpful tips and information about the college going-process, reminders of important deadlines, and encouragement to keep pursuing your educational goals!

If you are a high school junior or younger, or if you are a parent, educator, or counselor, you won’t receive the messages mentioned above. But you’re welcome to use ADVi to ask questions anytime.



A few tips and tricks to ensure you know how best to use ADVi when you need support!

1. Ask short questions, one at a time.

You can ask things like “Where can I find scholarships?” or “Who can I ask for a letter of recommendation?”

Avoid “stacking” questions (asking a bunch of questions in a single text). ADVi won’t know which one to answer!

Also, don’t use keywords (like just texting “FAFSA”). If you use keywords, you’ll get an answer, but it might not be specific enough to help! Try things like “What is the FAFSA?” or “What does EFC mean on the FAFSA?”

2. Ask general questions about college.

ADVi has limited knowledge about specific schools but knows a lot about college in general! ADVi can answer things like “How do I use ApplyTexas?”

If you ask more specific questions like “What is the priority application deadline at Texas Tech?” our advisors will get back to you within 48 hours.

3. Text in #commands to get connected to an advisor or be guided through a specific topic.

#followup will connect you with a virtual advisor within 48 hours (usually much sooner!)

#help will prompt a list of college-related topics

#collegechoices shares info about types of colleges and admissions processes

#essaywriting will share college essay tips

#recletter will share info on recommendation letters

#resume will send help with brainstorming your resume

#finaid will walk you through financial aid topics

#studyhelp helps with study support and tips

#schooltypes will send information on different types of colleges and universities

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