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About Us

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

About Us

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

Our Mission

American Student Assistance® (ASA) is an innovative nonprofit that helps kids discover their education and career opportunities.

Through our more than 60 years of experience, we have come to recognize that there are many options after high school that shouldn’t be dismissed as viable paths to education success. We believe that by providing sound guidance to students at an early age, they can pursue the right education choices beyond high school, or complete the degree program they’ve started.

How We Do It

We empower students by providing in-person counseling and training, establishing our own services and insights through innovation and research, advocating for policy change, and providing funding that extends our reach in the community.

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Our consumer-facing online program provides students with educational articles, tools, and lessons that develop measurably better financial and career skills.

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In-person centers guide high school and nontraditional students and parents through the college application and financial aid process, ensuring they make the best decisions every step of the way.

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We advocate for change by addressing key provisions of federal, state, and local policy that will best help kids pursue education after high school and attain the credentials they need for career success.

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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

Students Need More Guidance About The “Financial Fit” Of Higher Education Options, Survey Reveals

April 10th, 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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Online Seminar

What’s Your Best Option For Paying For Your Child’s Education?

May 15 th , 2018
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