A college degree can change a life. uAspire can make it affordable.
Read about uAspire’s impact in our 2016 Annual Report. Click here to download.
Over the long term, we gauge our impact by our ability to increase college enrollment, persistence, and completion of a postsecondary degree. Working primarily with low-income, first-generation college students, uAspire has achieved impressive results toward these goals. Across our national network, 65% of uAspire’s advisees enroll at a postsecondary institution during the fall immediately after high school graduation, compared to a national average of just 53% of low-income students enrolling within 18 months. uAspire students have also demonstrated higher persistence rates once they enroll in college: 80% of uAspire advisees re-enroll for a second year of college, compared to a 76% national average across all income levels.
uAspire has expanded the reach of our direct service and we now have full-time college affordability advisors working in six cities in Massachusetts—Boston, Cambridge, Fall River, Lawrence, Medford, and Somerville—and in three cities in the San Francisco Bay Area—San Francisco, Oakland, and Hayward. During the 2015-16 school year, uAspire provided direct service to over 7,000 students across Massachusetts and California.
In April 2015, uAspire launched an all-virtual advising model in partnership with the College Board, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Signal Vine. As part of a randomized controlled trial study, made possible by funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, uAspire’s virtual advisors connected with 31,000 students in 15 states via text messaging.
Through the Training & Technical Assistance program, uAspire trained over 2,100 college access professionals who reach over 350,000 students nationwide. We partnered with 12 public school districts, charter management and community-based organizations serving students in need to deliver content and support services to their staff. Of the students served by these partners, 91% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
uAspire’s National Reach