Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area

  • Key Stats

  • 2,214 students served in 2017-18
  • 75% from low-income families
  • 80% first-generation college students
  • Serving Hayward, Oakland, San Francisco, 8 UC surrounding communities

Despite the vast wealth and innovation associated with the Bay Area today, not all communities have benefited from the technology booms of the past few decades. In the East Bay region, for example, 71 percent of students are considered low-income and the majority would be the first in their family to graduate from college. Currently, only one out of every 10 Oakland ninth graders will complete college within five years of high school graduation.

uAspire expanded to the Bay Area in 2014 to address this opportunity gap and inequity in higher education attainment. Last year, we supported more than 2,200 students in 20 high schools in San Francisco, Oakland, and Hayward and through programs run by the University of California.

We work in partner schools and nonprofits—within BUILD, Envision Education, and San Francisco Unified School District—for whom at least 60 percent­­, and as many as 94 percent, of students are identified as low­-income.

Program Partners

We are honored to work alongside our extraordinary partners. Together, we are removing the financial barriers that keep too many of California’s young people from graduating college and reaching their potential.

In 2016, uAspire Bay Area launched a statewide partnership with the University of California (UC) to provide our text advising to high school students participating in the UC President’s Pre-College Scholars program. We currently serve over 1,000 12th graders living near eight UC campuses. 

“uAspire’s expert support allows our students and their families to get immediate answers to important questions around college costs and financial aid, helping to fulfill our program’s aim to boost college-going rates for these stellar students.” —Dr. Yvette Gullatt, Vice Provost for Diversity and Engagement, University of California Office of the President

Through our partnership with the Oakland Promise, uAspire currently advises 300 Oakland Unified School District students on college affordability.

Fewer than 500 Oakland public school 12th graders graduate college within 6 years of high school graduation each year. We're proud to help the Oakland Promise achieve its vision to dramatically increase the number of college graduates from Oakland public schools by 2025.

Juan

Meet Juan

"The college process caught me off guard, but I have uAspire and my college counselor."
With a little help, Juan Ochoa’s dreams are coming into focus. Once unsure how, or even if, he would get to college, Juan, 17, a senior at Envision Academy of Arts & Technology in Oakland, has already been accepted at three California schools and is on his way to securing the financial aid needed to cover the cost of tuition at whichever one he ultimately chooses. keep reading

Meet Our Team

Michael Lau

Michael Lau

Senior College Affordability Advisor

Melissa Langness

Melissa Langness

Director of Development and Strategic Growth, San Francisco Bay Area

Lynna Lei

Lynna Lei

College Affordability Advisor

Monica Hayden

Monica Hayden

Senior Program Director

Redjan Quarto

Redjan Quarto

College Affordability Advisor

Jaclyn Piñero

Jaclyn Piñero

Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Area

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Our Supporters

  • The Bella Charitable Foundation
  • The Bisconti Family Foundation
  • Couric Family
  • Dana Emery
  • Peery Foundation
  • Quest Foundation
  • US Bank Foundation
  • The Warriors Community Foundation
  • Melissa Williams

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