In-School Planning Programs

In addition to our college planning centers in Boston, 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 qualify financially, will be the first in their families to attend college, and have the potential to succeed in college. Advisors work with student’s ages 11 to 18, encouraging them to complete high school and enroll in and complete college and other postsecondary education programs. Students can download the Talent Search Enrollment Application or apply by coming to our office in Green Guidance and speaking with an Education Advisor.

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

  • Brockton: Brockton High School, East Middle School, South Middle School (download our brochure)
  • Boston: East Boston High School, Charlestown High School, Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH), and the West Roxbury Education Complex

Upward Bound

Upward Bound, also a federal 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. To apply, contact your guidance counselor.