Bernadette Astacio

Director of Internal Training

As Director of Internal Training, Bernadette plays an integral role in training and preparing uAspire college affordability advisors to work with high school and college students, and deliver high quality advising services.  Having served as a college affordability advisor herself for three years, she is excited to be involved in training and supporting new advisors as they guide students through the college financial aid process.  Before joining uAspire, Bernadette was as an academic advisor at the University of Connecticut where she advised undergraduates pursuing minors in international studies. After graduating summa cum laude from American International College with a BS in international business, she went on to earn an MA in international studies at the University of Connecticut.

Why uAspire?

Affordability proved to be a major obstacle for me in my journey to college graduation. Working for uAspire is a way for me to help students just like myself to overcome financial obstacles and ultimately achieve their college aspirations, in the community in which I grew up. This is also a great time of growth for uAspire, and I am looking forward to helping fulfill the organization’s mission during this exciting time.