Started 38 years ago, uAspire now impacts 500,000 students annually.
uAspire was started in 1985 and has evolved from a financial aid advising program in Boston into a national practice, policy, and consulting organization seeking lasting systems change.
Integrated text advising to support high school students on their phones
Expanded advising beyond Boston to Cambridge, Fall River, Lawrence, Malden and Somerville (2011 – 2016)
Changed name from ACCESS to uAspire
Launched Training & Technical Assistance for school counselors and program staff
Completed six external evaluations to assess our impact and improve programming (2013- 2018)
Expanded to California where we advise students in Hayward, Oakland and San Francisco
Launched Succeed Advising Program to support college students
Introduced our policy impact model to advocate for equitable financial aid and higher education systems
Introduced our consulting team to address partners’ needs with customized solutions
Released Universal FAFSA brief to advance student-centered policy implementation