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Students & Alumni

College Planning Services

Students & Alumni

College Planning Services

What We Do

Personal guidance and encouragement can have a profound impact on a student’s life. So, we provide in-person support for Massachusetts high school students, parents, and adults planning to attend college, searching and applying for scholarships and financial aid, and looking to achieve their dream of receiving a degree.

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College Planning Centers

Located in libraries and community agencies throughout the greater Boston area, College Planning Centers are invaluable resources for young people, adults, and historically underrepresented populations seeking guidance on:

  • Preparing for and finding the right college
  • Successfully applying and enrolling
  • Finding scholarships and financial aid
  • Choosing a major or career

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In-School Programs

Our in-school programs cater to middle and high school students and parents during and after school, offering tutoring, peer mentoring, college visits, and career and college workshops.


A national initiative designed to support and develop the needs, dreams, and higher-education aspirations of low-income students.

Talent Search

A program that helps talented, driven high school students and families reach their potential and find success at a higher level.

Upward Bound

Summer and afterschool tutoring and mentoring that helps Brockton High School students develop the skills to receive a college degree.

Want American Student Assistance® (ASA) to Provide College Planning Services to Your Organization or Nonprofit?

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.



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College Access Professionals

Find out about the in-person work ASA® does with nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. We collaborate with:

The Greater Boston College Planning Centers

In-person college, career, and financial aid planning and guidance for young people and adults.

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Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc.

Counseling for adults looking to return to school, advance their career, or pay for their education.

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FAFSA Day Massachusetts

A College Goal Sunday program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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A college access organization dedicated to bringing higher education into the lives of potential students of all ages.

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College Access Professionals can also download our new guide, Helping Undocumented Students Find A Path To Higher Education.

Our Supporting Partners

ASA College Planning Services receives grants and in-kind support like office space from our supporting partners. Additional support comes directly from American Student Assistance and individual schools.