For Educators

myOptions Encourage is Taking Flight

myOptions Encourage (formerly myOptions/myCollegeOptions) is a college and career planning program that empowers educators with resources to help their students 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.

myOptions is Now Encourage

Partnering to Serve Students for Over 50 Years

myOptions Encourage—formerly myOptions and myCollegeOptions—has partnered with educators and community based organizations to support all learners in achieving their dreams for over 50 years.

We work with more than 20,000 educators annually to deploy the myOptions Encourage College and Career Planning Program. Together with our partners, we serve 1 million students across 5,000 school districts and 10,000 high schools each year—making myOptions Encourage the largest free college planning program in the nation.

Help Students Take Control of Their Postsecondary Plans

We believe all students—regardless of background, income, or zip code—should have access to free and robust college and career planning tools. After students complete a college and career preference form, they are invited to access Encourage, our free college and career planning app—available online, on iOS, or Android.

After activating their accounts, students immediately see their personalized college matches and scholarship opportunities, as well as tools for setting goals and exploring careers and college majors.

Download Free College-Planning Lesson Plans

Use Encourage to structure the big conversations about college—including journey mapping, career, major, and college exploration, and financial planning. Our free lesson plan guide includes ideas for interactive activities that will help students reflect on their values and imagine their futures.

Download it today and get started!

Download Encourage Lesson Plans

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Get Free Access to Local and National Student Data

Educators participating in the myOptions Encourage College and Career Planning Program receive access to interactive reports of their participating students’ postsecondary plans through our educator web app at no cost. The reports and dashboards visualize data on students’ college plans and school, state, and national trends.

Interactive Dashboards and Reporting

  • Visualize college match and scholarship reports for program participants.
  • Use your Encourage educator account to view a list of program participants from your school and generate on-demand reports outlining your students’ individual college matches and scholarship opportunities.
Interactive Dashboards and Reporting
Individual Student Plans Updated in Real Time

Individual Student Plans Updated in Real Time

  • Review your students’ college matches and scholarship opportunities.
  • View your students’ individual plans, including their college matches, scholarship opportunities, and colleges they may be interested in.

College and Career Interest Trends

  • Analyze school, state, and national postsecondary planning data.
  • Pull aggregate reports from your dashboard that allow you to understand your students’ top colleges, majors of interest, and the college characteristics that are important to your students.
College and Career Interest Trends

Contact Us

We'd love to connect, demonstrate our tools, and show the suite of resources available to students and educators. Complete the form below to reach out to our team!

Melissa Caperton Melissa Caperton Senior Director of Education
Programs and Partnerships
Peggy Jansen Peggy Jansen Education Liaison
myOptions Encourage
Melanie Goodson Melanie Goodson Program Manager
Education Partnerships