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About Us

We work with kids and families to help them discover both their education and career opportunities.

About Us

We work with kids and families to help them discover both their education and career opportunities.

Our Mission

We all want our children to lead happy and successful lives. To set students on that path, American Student Assistance® (ASA) is committed to helping kids know themselves, know their options and make informed choices to achieve their education and career goals.

Over the past 60-years, ASA has worked directly with students to improve their access to higher education. We are applying this knowledge to help put students on a path to meaningful learning and fulfilling jobs beginning in middle school.

The Problem We Are Addressing

Today’s economy demands that students graduate from high school, earn some type of degree or credential, and develop knowledge and skills they can use in a job. But far too many young people drop out of high school, fail to enroll in a higher education program, or are unable to complete their credentials. We want students to avoid the financial hardship and misalignment between education and career choices that has had a serious, negative impact on student completion.

Empowering Kids

Students need tools and information to help them make informed choices about life after high school. The path to discovery should begin as early as middle school so students can learn about all the educational and career possibilities ahead of them. We believe that career exploration at an early age can help students develop a clear plan for their future that lessens the financial burden of postsecondary education, and increases their chance of success in their careers.

Our Approach

We empower kids to find and pursue their own education and career path, and provide them with the support and tools they need to get there. ASA approaches its mission from multiple angles—innovating products, partnering, and funding programs and services—that will deliver significant impact to kids on a broad scale.

We provide programs and resources to kids to discover, explore, and experience a broad range of post-secondary education options and career paths.

We collaborate with organizations to give kids tools to be successful—such as career coaching, apprenticeships, essential soft-skills training, and more—in pursuit of any educational and career endeavors

We ensure that our programs are effective, applying our robust research agenda to informing where and how we can best deliver services to kids, measure student impact, and drive our thought leadership and advocacy efforts.

Our History

We’ve spent over 60 years—first as a student loan guarantor, and presently as a national nonprofit and advocate—developing deep, industry-leading expertise. Our shared experience has helped us identify the critical decision points in a borrower’s life, so we can take action, provide guidance, and help them stay on track to achieving their goals.

1965

American Student Assistance® (ASA)—known as the Massachusetts Higher Education Assistance Corporation (MHEAC)—becomes a guarantor in the federal student loan program.

1980s

ASA® develops deeper relationships with the higher education community, and begins to offer educational programs around early awareness and debt management for college students.

1990s-2000s

ASA® continues its role as a federal student loan guarantor, proactively reaching out to borrowers at risk of delinquency and default, and helping avert over $120 million of loan defaults.

2010s

ASA® creates Salt®—a free educational program that provides neutral advice, practical information, and interactive lessons to help every student who wants a college degree to get it in a financially responsible way.

Careers

ASA is an equal-opportunity employer named as one of The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” 8 years straight. See why, and explore our openings below.

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Careers

ASA is an equal-opportunity employer named as one of The Boston Globe’s “Top Places to Work” 8 years straight. See why, and explore our openings below.

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Browse Our Job Openings

Leadership

Meet the board members actively engaged in the oversight and strategic guidance of our organization, as well as the senior staff with deep experience in the college financing industry.

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Media

Press Release

Never Too Early to Start College and Career Conversation, American Student Assistance Expands Mission to Help Students Make Informed Choices About Their Futures

June 26th, 2018
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Media Coverage

Education: Scholarships And Grants A Must With Student Loan Debt On The Rise

December 28th, 2017
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Vision Blog

Take Advantage Of America Saves Week To Start Saving For College

Mar 06th, 2018
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