History and Growth

Our History

Started as ACCESS in 1985 to provide financial advising to Boston's college-bound students, uAspire has since evolved into the leading national service provider and voice on the issue of college affordability.

Over the years, we have leveraged our expertise to significantly increase rates of college enrollment and persistence. Last year, our advising programs supported 24,000 students across the country, while our training program impacted nearly 400,000 students. We now have a team of over 85 full-time staff in Massachusetts and California, with a New York office opening in 2018.

Milestones from the last decade:

  • 2010  Integrated text advising to support students right on their phones, for a fraction of the cost of in-person advising
  • 2011-2016 — Expanded our geographic reach in Massachusetts beyond Boston to Lawrence, Fall River, Cambridge, Somerville, and Malden
  • 2012 — Changed our name to uAspire to reflect college access and completion as our ultimate goal   
  • 2013 — Launched College Affordability Training for school counselors and college access providers across the country who help countless students year after year
  • 2014 — Expanded to the Bay Area where we advise students in San Francisco, Oakland, and Hayward, and through programs run by the University of California
  • 2014  Launched our Succeed Program to address the increasing number of college students who drop out for financial reasons
  • 2013-2018  Completed or engaged in six external evaluations to assess the true impact of our work and improve our programming
  • 2017  Introduced our Policy and Systems Change team to influence education leaders and policymakers to advance student-centered policies that improve degree completion
  • 2018  Expanding to New York City to support more students

Our Financials

2017 Audited Financial Statement

2016 Audited Financial Statement
2016 Form 990

2015 Audited Financial Statement
2015 Form 990

2014 Audited Financial Statement
2014 Form 990