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College Planning

The American Student Assistance® (ASA) College Planning team helps young people and adults from all backgrounds plan for college and find sources of financial aid through  school-based programs located in libraries and community agencies. Many of our programs, backed by a wide range of supporting partners, focus on improving college preparation, enrollment, and success for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Watch our video to hear students share their stories of how College Planning Services changed their lives.

College Planning Centers

Boston-area students planning for higher education can come to college planning center for guidance on choosing a college, applying for financial aid and scholarships, managing money, and choosing a major or a career. We also offer college guidebooks, study aids, computer access, and info on HiSET (GED), ESL, and technical/vocational education opportunities. 

Visit the ASA College Planning Center at the Boston Public Library, and try one of our new drop-in workshops on financial aid.

Visit the Brockton College Planning Center.

Or visit one of our neighborhood sites.

Other Centers In Your Neighborhood

Get help planning for college at one of our neighborhood centers, open by appointment or during more limited drop-in hours:

Chelsea College Planning Center
Bunker Hill Community College, Chelsea Campus
175 Hawthorne Street, Bellingham Square
Chelsea MA, 02150
Monday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Chinatown College Planning Center
Asian American Civic Association
87 Tyler Street
Boston MA, 02116
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dorchester College Planning Center
Codman Square Branch Library
690 Washington Street
Dorchester MA, 02124
Appointment only

East Boston College Planning Center
Appointment only

Hyde Park College Planning Center
Hyde Park Branch Library
35 Harvard Avenue
Hyde Park, MA 02128
Appointment only

Roxbury College Planning Center
Egleston Square Branch Library
2044 Columbus Avenue
Roxbury MA, 02119
Appointment only

South Boston College Planning Center
South Boston Branch Library
646 East Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
Appointment only


In Middle and High Schools: GEAR UP, Talent Search, and Upward Bound

Our in-school programs, GEAR UP, Talent Search, and Upward Bound, work with students and parents during and after school, offering tutoring, peer mentoring, college visits, and career and college workshops.

These programs are geared specifically toward students who have the potential to succeed in higher education but are unlikely to enroll in college or other career-building education programs without guidance and encouragement.


Community Outreach

Want American Student Assistance® (ASA) to provide college planning services to your organization or nonprofit?

Our staff works on site at organizations and college fairs, providing guidance on getting into and paying for college, as well as pursuing career-building opportunities. This service is available free to all nonprofit community agencies. For more information, call 617.536.0200.


College Persistence: Success Boston

Success Boston helps Boston Public School graduates complete their studies at Boston-area colleges.

In collaboration with The Boston Foundation, we provide individual assistance with the financial aid process, course registration, and other challenges that students face in the transition from high school to college.


College Access Professionals

Find out about the in-person work ASA® does with nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

We collaborate with:

  • The Greater Boston College Planning Centers. Boston-area residents can get help at public library branches around the city. There, prospective college students and their families can talk to someone about planning and paying for college, and other career-building programs.
  • Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc. Through MassEdCO, adults can receive counseling on going back to school, advancing their careers, and paying for their educations.
  • College Goal Sunday. This national initiative helps students and families prepare their financial aid applications.
  • Reach4Success. This college access organization is dedicated to bringing higher education into the lives of potential students of all ages.