Counseling Professionals


 Who We Are

​NACAC welcomes the wide range of professionals bound by a commitment to educate and support students and families in the transition to higher education.  NACAC’s counseling professionals consist of school counselors and other school-based college counseling professionals, independent educational consultants, individuals who work in college access programs, TRIO-funded programs, community-based organizations and counselor educators. 
NACAC recognizes that counseling professionals have varied responsibilities, work in different settings, and serve student populations as diverse as our professional community.  As such we are dedicated to providing you with a wide range of resources to enhance your core skills and knowledge of the college admission landscape.    

 Learning Opportunities


Summer Academy
NACAC's summer webinar series that runs from late-May through early-September. These sessions  equip participants with timely knowledge and insight. These sessions are designed to help professionals serve their students in the fall.

National Conference
Join us October 1-3 in San Diego!

Graduate Course Information
A listing of graduate courses in college counseling

NACAC offers live and on demand webinars that cover a wide range of topics.


 Connect with Colleagues

Share your insights and ideas!  NACAC provides you with extraordinary access to more than 14,000 fellow professionals so that you may raise important questions and stay informed on key trends and critical issues.  Join the conversation and increase the collective voice of your association.  Discover the many ways you may contribute and network.

A platform where professionals can connect and share information and ideas.

​Search for individual, independent counselor, institution and organization members.


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 Professional Research



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 ED Tools

White House: Reach Higher & North Star 2020 Resources
President Barack Obama has a North Star goal that, by 2020, the United States will have the highest proportion of college graduates of any country in the world. First Lady Michelle Obama is championing the Reach Higher (#ReachHigher) initiative to encourage college attainment and persistence, particularly among underrepresented populations.

Letter - Importance of School Counselors
On June 30, 2014, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wrote to Chief State School Officers to emphasize the importance of school counselors and to urge them to adopt budget policies that support counseling staff. Included with the letter was a compilation of federal resources available to help schools support the hiring, professional development, and retention of school counselors and to augment counseling activities in K-12 schools.
The US Department of Education starting with the 2014-15 school year is partnering with state grant agencies to provide districts, schools, and their counselors access to limited information for identifying students who have not filed a FAFSA form and better target counseling, filing help, and other resources to those students. The initiative builds off a three-year pilot project that found that high schools that have access to FAFSA completion information can post impressive increases in the number of FAFSA filers​. 

To participate, state grant agencies must sign a new Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) agreement with the Department and enter into a data sharing agreement with a secondary school, school district, or designated entity. See the following resources for more information:​

 Briefing Room


 Pathways Library

From the American Institutes for Research:
The Pathways to College Online Library is a searchable database of publications, research reports, websites, and other resources for researchers, education leaders, and policymakers working to improve college and career readiness.

 Issues and Action






 Knowledge Center


Members can find valuable resources in the Knowledge Center. Don't know where to start? Try one of these great models and samples: