Virtual College Advising

Need help with college applications, financial aid, and more? Connect with free virtual college planning support through our college access partners.

How It Works

Step 1: Verify Your Eligibilty

Answer questions to determine which advising organization is right for you!

Step 2: Sign Up

Click the link to sign up for & complete the form.

Step 3: Get Matched & Receive Free College Advising

Once you’re registered, you’ll be matched with a mentor, and you can connect with them through phone, messaging, text, and video chat sessions.


UPchieve provides free, 24/7 college advice from live college advisors. Chat 1:1 and get personalized support with planning for college, building a college list, completing college or financial aid applications, drafting scholarship or college essays, and more!

How to get started in under 5 minutes

  • Enter your school and zip code on UPchieve to see if you’re eligible
  • Create your free account
  • Start chatting with an expert college counselor in minutes, no matter the time of day
  • UPchieve was created for students who can’t afford a private admissions consultant. Over 50% of high school students in the US are eligible.
Check Your Eligibility


UPchieve is an edtech nonprofit that provides free, 24/7 online tutoring and college counseling to middle and high school students in the US. Using our app, students can request and get paired 1:1 with a live tutor or counselor in under 5 minutes to help them improve their grades, get into college, and achieve upward mobility.

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UStrive is an online mentoring platform that connects students to qualified mentors who provide one-on-one guidance through the college admissions and financial aid process, as well as the transition into college, through college, and into their careers. Mentors leverage their professional experiences to help students navigate the college process and beyond. Students and mentors can connect anytime, anywhere using safe, monitored communications tools such as video chat and instant messaging.

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Virtual college planning programs are designed to guide college-bound students just like you get through the college application process. College planning support programs are an additional resource for you, your parent or guardian, and your school counselor. The opportunity to receive college planning guidance is offered to you at absolutely no cost. These programs don’t replace the important relationship you have with your school counselor and parent or guardian. Students will decide to sign up for any program they may be eligible for and may opt out of any program at any time. Coping with school, life, and college planning is a lot. We’re here to help you.

College Board is connecting students like you to nationally recognized college access organizations to support your college planning. The linked site has separate and independent privacy policies that you should read. The decision to participate in this program is completely up to you. We have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of the linked site. We are committed to make sure you have what you need to plan for college.