Missouri students to get help applying for colleges

Some Missouri high school students will be getting some one-on-one help this week applying for colleges.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education says the state is participating for the first time in what's known as "College Application Week." Similar events are held each fall in 24 other states.

Members of the Missouri College Advising Corps will be available to help students at 26 high schools in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas and parts of rural Missouri.

The goal is to increase the number of college applications coming from students in low-income families and from those who would be the first in their families to attend college.

The advisers are recent University of Missouri graduates. The university got a $1 million grant in 2007 to launch the adviser corps.