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What is Encourage? ​

Encourage is a postsecondary planning program that empowers students and educators with resources to help all learners envision, plan for, and realize success after high school. Encourage serves about 1 million students annually across 5,000 school districts and 13,000 high schools in all 50 states.

Encourage is also the name of our free college and career planning app for students. Find it online through your browser, on iOS and Android.

Why should students download the Encourage app?

The Encourage app is free and combines goal setting and milestone tracking with resources for exploration, career planning, and paying for college. It’s easy to get started. Explore careers, match with colleges and scholarships, define your goals, and plan your future—all in one app. 

Why should educators be interested in Encourage?​

Our mission is to empower students, families, and educators to create meaningful connections with colleges and employers so students can have the knowledge and support to achieve their goals.

To support our mission, we engage with more than 20,000 educators each year to deploy the myOptions Encourage College and Career Planning Program. Together with our partners, we serve about 1 million students annually across 5,000 school districts and 13,000 high schools in all 50 states. Educators who participate receive access to interactive reports of their students’ postsecondary plans through our no-cost digital platform. The educator web app provides aggregated, real-time dashboards and reports, as well as insight into the students’ plans, aspirations, and gaps. Learn more about myOptions Encourage for Educators.

Questions? Reach out to our team!

We’re a team of former educators, counselors, and education equity advocates. We are committed to no-cost solutions and building pathways for students to achieve their dreams. We are evolving our products, services, and resources to meet educator needs and support student success. We’d love to connect with you to demonstrate our tools, talk over the process and show the suite of resources and reports available to our partners, students, and the educators who support them.

See our team and contact us here.