In this season of gratitude and giving, my family has chosen to make a donation in support of uAspire and I hope you will consider joining me.
Nationally, only 1 in 10 students from low-income families earn a bachelor’s degree by the age of 25. Why? The cost. The average graduate in the Class of 2017 had $37,172 in student loan debt. We all know that higher education is more expensive than ever, but there are ways to make it more affordable. Roughly $150 billion in financial aid is available each year. The difficult part is finding it. Financing college is complicated and there are few places to turn for help. This is where uAspire comes in.
uApsire works to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to–and through–a postsecondary education. Their college affordability advisors work one-on-one with high school seniors to identify affordable college options, maximize financial aid, and make informed decisions about where to attend college and how to pay for it. After high school graduation, students are supported to successfully enroll in college in the fall and persist through to complete their degree with a manageable debt load. 83% of uAspire’s students come from low-income backgrounds and 77% will be the first in their family to attend college.
On January 7, uAspire will be launching its advising services to 2500 NYC public high school graduates who are now in their first year of college. The majority of the students are attending CUNY and SUNY schools. Over the next 3 years, uAspire will grow its advising in NYC to reach 10,000 students.
I am excited to support uAspire’s New York City launch and the thousands of students in our city who most need their help. I hope you will consider joining me to support this important work.