College Planning

The American Student Assistance® 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 a College Planning Center—located in Boston, Brockton, and Chelsea—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 GED, ESL, and technical/vocational education opportunities. Download our intake form and find a college planning center near you.

American Student Assistance’s College Planning Centers are also Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs), federally funded TRIO programs focused on providing low-income, first-generation students over the age of 18 with assistance in their pursuit of postsecondary education opportunities. The Boston EOC is part of the statewide network of EOCs operated with Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities, Inc. (MassEdCO) as the sponsoring partner.

School-Based Programs

Our in-school 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. Advisors work with students and parents during and after school, offering tutoring, peer mentoring, college visits, and career and college workshops.

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 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.

Other Community Outreach

American Student Assistance provides college planning services to a wide variety of organizations and nonprofit groups. 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.

Career Counseling

Not sure how to plan for your career? We also offer career assistance, including one-on-one counseling and help using these two career development tools:

  • SIGI3: A free self-assessment tool to guide career planning. Available at ASA College Planning Centers.
  • Massachusetts Career Information System: An interactive career information system offered by the Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training (DET). It’s free for all Massachusetts residents, and accessible from any Internet-connected computer.


Find a College Planning Center Near You

Boston-area students can come and visit us in person at the following locations.

Boston College Planning Center, Copley Square Boston Public Library, lower level
700 Boylston Street
Boston MA, 02116
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Brockton College Planning Center
231 Main Street, Suite R
Brockton MA, 02301
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

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