Closing the Gaps

Heather Jones Headshot

Portrait of Heather Jones on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill (Photo by Jenifer Hughey/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Heather Jones ’17 was drawn to the Carolina College Advising Corps (CCAC) from her personal experiences as a college student.

Through CCAC, Jones spent her two years following graduation from Carolina helping high school students apply to and enroll in college. She has now assumed a new role at CCAC as the financial aid and scholarships coordinator, a new position made possible by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

“The effects of student loan debt can be far-reaching and hinder young adults, particularly young people of color, from attaining financial stability in the long run,” said Velvet Bryant, program associate in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Economic Opportunity. “It’s important to have intentional advising sessions with students and their families as they navigate educational pathways and access financial resources.”

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