San Francisco Bay Area

Our Work

uAspire’s work is laser-focused on removing the financial barriers to both college access and success.

To achieve this, uAspire embeds our expertly trained College Affordability Advisors in high schools, where they support students one-on-one in navigating the complex financial aid system so they have the information and resources they need to make an informed choice about where to go to college and how to pay for it.

Over the summer after high school graduation, uAspire continues to support our students via summertime text-messaged advising. We send a series of coordinated text messages that remind each student of his/her college’s upcoming requirements and deadlines related to enrolling in college and answers all their questions along the way. Check out the video below to learn more.

Need For Our Services

How to pay for college is one of the largest and most consequential financial decisions a person will ever make. The real and perceived costs of college are routinely noted as key barriers to college access and success—especially among students from low-income backgrounds or who will be in the first generation of their family to attend college.

uAspire’s services are crucial in helping young people pursue and complete an affordable college education. Working in partnership with guidance counselors and other practitioners who often lack the training and/or capacity to focus on affordability issues, uAspire fills a critical gap in college access and success programming. Read more…

Our Students

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Regardless of a student’s background, we strive to meet each student where he or she is in the college access process and provide the one-on-one support needed to achieve their dreams of a higher education.

In order to achieve the greatest impact, we partner with schools that predominantly serve students from low-income backgrounds or that will be in the first generation of their family to graduate from college.

During the 2016-17 school year, uAspire Bay Area is serving more than 2,600 12th graders in high-need communities in San Francisco, Oakland, and Hayward and 450 11th graders at three UC campuses. See a full list of our partner sites here.


A national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, uAspire came to the Bay Area in 2013 thanks to a seed investment from the GreenLight Fund, a venture philanthropy firm that identifies service gaps for children, youth, and families in high-need areas and imports proven models to address those needs. GreenLight Fund identified college persistence supports as a critical service gap in the region and, after vetting 80 organizations, selected uAspire as an organization best poised to address that need.

We opened our doors to Bay Area youth in January 2014 and commenced our first full year of services in August of that year. Over our first two years in the Bay Area, uAspire provided our one-on-one college affordability advising to more than 2,000 12th graders.

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