College Forward will have 67 AmeriCorps members who will provide intensive coaching to economically disadvantaged high school and/or college students in the Austin, Texas area. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for having coached 1000 economically disadvantaged students through college exploration, application, and financial aid, with 350 of those students enrolling in postsecondary education, and coaching 800 students to persist in college, with 50 of those students earning a postsecondary credential. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 20 economically disadvantaged volunteers who will be engaged to become near-peer mentors. This program will focus on the AmeriCorps focus area of Education. The AmeriCorps investment of $571,446 will be matched with $571,446 in private funding.