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Welcome to Advance! A non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals on their journey towards higher education, since 2002.

Our Services

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Financial Aid Applications

We will assist you in completing both the FAFSA and the California Dream Act  applications. We understand the importance of these applications in securing vital financial aid. Our Dedicated team is committed to guiding you through the process. Ensuring accuracy and maximizing your eligibility for the support you need to achieve your educational dreams.

College Applications

We offer support in filling out college applications including Private universities, UCs, Cal States and Community Colleges. Our team is here to guide you through the process, ensuring that your applications are completed accurately and submitted in a timely manner, giving you the best chance for a successful educational journey.

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Outreach

Outreach is the heart of what we do. We believe in actively engaging with the community. This mean we are out there, collaborating with your schools and other organizations. Working together to provide the support and resources you need. It's about building bridges and making sure everyone has access to the opportunities they deserve. We are here to be a partner in your educational journey, every step of the way.

News and Updates

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These are the 20223 Scholarship Recipients. In 2023 Advance! gave out 35 scholarships to 33 seniors from Sonora, La Habra, Fullerton Union and Whittier Christian High Schools.

2024-2025 FAFSA & California Dream Act

The Application is now Open!

Due April 2, 2024

Pro Tips for 2024-25 FAFSA

Use these tips to help you successfully complete the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

2024-2025 FAFSA Issue Alerts

Bookmark this page to follow issues related to the 2024-25 FAFSA

Our Scholarship is now LIVE!

Check out of scholarship tab for more information.

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Location & Hours

Located in La Habra by Sonora High

1901 E Lambert Rd # 107

La Habra, CA 90631

 

Hours:

Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday

4:30PM-7:30PM

Email: Info@ontocollege.com

Phone: 562-691-2117

MISSION

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Advance Provides equity of access to college for historically under-served and under-represented families to enable them to participate in the dream and promise of a college education.

All services are FREE of charge

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What We Do

One on one assistance with college applications, financial aid applications and outreach to the community.

What We Do

One on one assistance with college applications, financial aid applications and outreach to the community.

Success Stories

Annual awarding of multiple scholarships to local graduating seniors.

Testimonials

"Based on current census data, fewer than 25% of the 43,745 La Habrans aged 25 and older have attained a Bachelor's degree from college. An additional 8% have earned an associates (2 year) degree. These figures demonstrate how few of our high school students come from homes where parents have any college experience and even fewer whose parents completed a college education. This means that fewer than, 6,000 school-age children in La Habra likely lack the support necessary to navigate through the difficult college admissions process. Nor are they likely to have the in-home support needed to succeed once they are actually in college. 

Many La Habrans grew up here. Advance! has become one of the beacons drawing former La Habrans to return, attracting those with college degrees and experience. Future census data will prove the lasting impact that the founders and staff of Advance! have on La Habra as the percentage of college-educated young people rise and with them, the economic and social advancement a college degree brings. 

This illustrates the critical need that Advance! has met over the past decade and continues to address as each high school class year begins to explore its options after graduating from our high schools. What a marvelous resource for La Habra's high school students. It is a nonprofit organization that is uniquely La Habra!"

Michael Blazey - La Habra City Council (Mayor 2015)

"North Orange County and La Habra are extremely fortunate to have an asset like Advance! provide vital college information and services to our teens. The Boys and Girls Club of La Habra is proud to be a collaborator."

Mark A. Chavez - Executive Director of the La Habra Boys and Girls club

"Preparation for your career choices begins in high school. Advance! will show you how to make the best choices."

Mark Sturdevant - President, La Habra Area Chamber of Commerce/Contributing book author, "Leading America"

"Advance! is a critical program for our community which helps guide our young people as they prepare to successfully graduate from high school and move on to higher education in pursuit of their careers."

Jim Sadro- La Habra City Manager