ACCESS (Action Center for College Educational Services and Scholarship Foundation)

Boston, MA   |  http://www.uaspire.org
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Mission

uAspire works to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to - and through - a postsecondary education. To accomplish this mission, uAspire places financial aid advisors inside high schools and community organizations to provide free financial aid advice and advocacy to all the students of Boston, Springfield and Lawrence - and soon, in Miami, FL - to help them overcome the financial barriers to higher education. Our programs work with students and their families from middle school to high school through college graduation - serving more than 11,000 students and families last year alone - to ensure that finances never get in the way of potential. In the last three years, uAspire has helped students secure more than $150 million in financial aid. Through partnerships with high schools, community organizations and local universities, uAspire has helped more than 60,000 students achieve their dream of higher education since our founding in 1985.

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Mr. Bob Giannino-Racine

Main address

31 St. James Avenue Suite 520

Boston, MA 02116 USA

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Formerly known as

ACCESS

EIN

04-3564307

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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High School Advising

uAspire's financial aid Advisors offer one-on-one advising to high school seniors and guide students through the process, from initial intake to review of the financial aid award letter. Support includes: an initial conversation with students to understand their situation and educational goals; assistance completing the FAFSA; and review of financial aid award letters. Advisors also host workshops for students to help build awareness of the financial aid process.

Population(s) Served

uAspire began the Early College Affordability Awareness program (ECAA) in 2009 with the goal of providing direct advising and workshops to students in Boston high schools as early as the 9th grade. With continued reinforcement of the importance to start preparing for college early, students will have more time and opportunities to plan ahead for their education once they reach senior year. Components include: 9th - Students learn about the positive benefits of investing in college; the connection between academics, extracurricular activities and financial aid; and an understanding of the financial aid process. 10th - Students learn about the different types of financial aid; the difference between the ""sticker price"" and the actual cost of a college education; and the different types of colleges. 11th - Students learn about how different choices can help make college more affordable; the need for a ""financial safety"" school; and the basics of a financial aid award letter.

Population(s) Served

uAspire has developed partnerships with more than 20 community-based organizations, including Artists for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club of Boston, College Bound Dorchester and Year Up. These partnerships allow uAspire Advisors to build capacity within the community to increase awareness of how to make a college education affordable. The Community Engagement Program enables uAspire to do the following: Collaborate with each community partner to design a plan of activities and goals to best meet the needs of the young people and families they serve Build the capacity of partner organizations to reinforce financial aid messages through staff training and ongoing support Depending on uAspire capacity and services requested, some organization choose to cost-share partnerships

Population(s) Served

uAspire is a participating organization in The Boston Foundation's Success Boston initiative. The initiative was launched in November 2008 after a report found that only 35% of Boston Public Schools high school graduates from the Class of 2000 earned a college degree within seven years of graduation. uAspire's role in this groundbreaking initiative is to provide students and their families with financial aid guidance, as well as convene meetings of the participating organizations and collect and manage student data.

Population(s) Served

uAspire provides direct scholarships to students with the greatest amount of unmet financial need upon completion of a full year of advising in their senior year of high school. Scholarships average $1,000 per student and are renewable for six years. This amount often means the difference between a student being able to attend the college of their choice or not attending. 40% of BPS Valedictorians have applied for our Last Dollar Scholarship.

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Awards

Ellen S. Jackson Award for Excellence in Education 2010

Freedom House

Champion of Access Award 2009

Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts

20th Anniversary Award 2009

Highland Street Foundation

Social Innovator Recognition 2008

Social Innovation Fund

Out of the Blue Grant Recipient 2008

The Boston Foundation

Best Nonprofit to Work For 2012

Opportunity Knocks

College Access Organization Award of Excellence 2012

National College Access Network

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ACCESS (Action Center for College Educational Services and Scholarship Foundation)

Board of directors
as of 4/5/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Alexander Packard

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Term: July 2012 - June 2013

Rashaun Martin

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J. Keith Motley

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Bob Giannino-Racine

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