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In-School Planning Programs

In addition to our college planning centers in Brockton and at the Boston Public Library, we operate in-school programs that work directly with students from middle school through college.


GEAR UP is a U.S. Department of Education program that helps boost college awareness among students and parents and supports the professional development of teachers and school counselors. American Student Assistance® College Planning Services is a partner in the statewide GEAR UP Program serving the Boston area at East Boston High School and the Mario Umana Academy.

Talent Search

As a U.S. Department of Education TRIO program, Talent Search assists Brockton and Boston middle and high school students who have the potential to succeed in college, especially those with financial need and those who will be the first in their families to attend college. Advisors work with student’s ages 11 and up to encourage them to complete high school and enroll in and complete college and other postsecondary education programs.

American Student Assistance College Planning Services runs Boston Talent Search in the following schools:

To Participate in Boston Talent Search
Students at Brighton High School, Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH), West Roxbury Academy, and Urban Science Academy are eligible to participate. To apply, parents and students should talk to a Talent Search Education Advisor at their school.

To Participate in Brockton Talent Search
Students at Brockton High School, East Middle School, and South Middle School are eligible. Parents and students should apply through Green Guidance.

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Upward Bound

Upward Bound, also a TRIO program, helps Brockton High School students prepare for college by offering instruction in math, science, literature, and composition. During the summer, students live in college dormitories, gaining a better understanding of the college atmosphere while participating in academics and other skill-building activities. Learn more and find out how to apply.