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Boston Area Education and Career Planning Center

Boston Public Library - Copley Square
700 Boylston Street
Lower Level
Boston, MA 02116
United States

Upcoming Events

Contact us to get started!
617-536-0200
Available to Adults and Youth

Center Hours:

Monday        9:00AM - 5:00PM 

Tuesday        9:00AM - 5:00PM 

Wednesday  9:00AM - 6:00PM

Thursday      9:00AM - 5:00PM 

Friday           9:00AM - 5:00PM

Saturday       9:00AM - 5:00PM

Closure Notice: Due to renovations, our Center will be closed for 1:1 in-person advising from October 24, 2022 - December 29, 2022. We will continue to provide online advising through zoom. Organizations and School districts can continue to contact us to schedule in-person group workshops held at their sites.

 

Overview

With a fundamental belief in the importance of building equity, diversity and inclusion in postsecondary education for underrepresented students, we provide personalized guidance and encouragement to support Massachusetts high school students, parents, and adults pursuing education beyond high school. Our community walk-in centers support thousands of individuals each year. Supported by federal TRIO grants, we help high school and post-high school students find the right education option beyond high school; successfully apply and enroll; find scholarships and financial aid; and find lifelong learning opportunities to navigate their higher education and career journey as the needs arise.

History

First established as the Higher Education Information Center at the Boston Public Library in 1986 to meet the college planning needs of the local community, MassEdCO’s community-based programs have helped hundreds of thousands of students in Greater Boston plan for their higher education needs. Today, these programs not only provide one-on-one counsel about higher education planning, but guidance on how that higher education must be linked to finding scholarships and financial aid.

Services

While the services at the Center differ depending on individual needs, our advisor always help students: 

  • Identify education and career options 
  • Build and revise college and scholarship essays
  • Submit applications for college and career training programs
  • Apply for financial aid (FAFSA or CSS Profile)
  • Search for Private Scholarships
    • We manage a local private scholarship which is available to undergraduate and graduate students.Boston Scholarship Database

    • We offer scholarship opportunities to potential and current postsecondary students. Ask one of our advisors about our Sheila Gamble Cook Scholarship: Application 

  • Review financial aid packages
  • Financial literacy assistance

  • Loan default assistance

Interested in meeting with an advisor? Make an appointment by calling 617-536-0200 or complete our online intake form.

Workshops

We offer these free workshops to community based agencies, schools districts and organizations in the greater Boston area. To request education and career planning workshops for your organization, please contact us at  617-536-0200.  

  • Exploring Options: Many Paths to a Successful Career
  • The Admission Process
  • Funding for Higher Education
  • The Financial Aid process
  • Private Scholarships 101: The Basics 
  • Postsecondary Survival Skills Series

Parking: 

Parking Near the Central Library

Car, Bicycle and Motorcycle Parking Nearest the Library

Click on any icon to see more information about that location.
Handicapped spaces are available in front of the Boylston Street entrance to the library. (Look for the wheelchair symbol on the map.)
The green wheeled icons are for both bicycle and motorcycle parking—zoom in on the map to see the icons more clearly.

https://www.bpl.org/visit-central-library/parking-near-the-central-library/ 

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Staff

Name Program Telephone
Tatiana Alvarez
Education Advisor
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069
Tong (Phoenix) Feng
Education Advisor
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069
Agnes Fisher
Education Advisor
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069
Thalia Jimenez
Education Advisor
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069
Carolyn McFadden
Education Advisor
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Yanitza Medina Vargas
Bilingual (Spanish/English) Education Advisor
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069
Anup Nepal
Bilingual (Hindi, Nepali/English) Education Advisor
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069
Beverly Pierce
Project Director
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069
Carmen Pineda
Bilingual (Spanish/English) Senior Education Advisor
Educational Opportunity Center 617-536-0200
Fax: 508-797-0069