For Students

Let's make sense of financial aid, together.

We work with high school and college students in our California, Massachusetts, and New York advising programs to access the financial aid needed to attain their degree—whether a 4-year university, 2-year community college, or certificate program.

Students in our programs will receive texts from a uAspire advisor. You can simply reply to their message on your phone.


Not sure where to start your college journey? There's a lot of information out there. Here we've collected our helpful tools and the websites uAspire advisors trust and use with students.


This video gives an overview of the FAFSA and the role it plays in the financial aid process.

This video reviews the information you'll need to gather and offers tips for completing the FAFSA. This checklist can help you keep track of the information to collect.



uAspire’s College Cost Calculator is a free online tool that helps you decipher and compare your financial aid offers. You can figure out how much you'll have to pay, including estimates for your indirect expenses and loan repayment, and compare costs between colleges easily.

Use it on your own, or with someone supporting you with college decisions like a school counselor or family member. You'll set up an account and be able to access the information you enter anytime from any device. 

Go to uAspire's College Cost Calculator

Financial Aid Terms Dictionary

Financial aid offers use confusing terminology and different labels for the same types of aid. You can look up definitions for different terms in uAspire's Financial Aid Terms Dictionary, which you can also access in the College Cost Calculator.  

Learn more about the College Cost Calculator.