About Us

Our Mission

College Now’s mission is to increase postsecondary educational attainment through college and career access advising, financial aid counseling, and scholarship and retention services.

Our History

College Now was founded by Robert Coplan, one of the founders of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan, and Aronoff law firm. College Now was the first organization of its kind in the nation. Since then, it has become the largest in Ohio and remains one of the largest in the nation. College Now is a national leader and has served as a model and best practice for other organizations around the country.

Who We Help

College Now helps students as early as middle and high school students as well as adult learners achieve their dreams of going to and succeeding in certificate, two-year and four-year degree programs.

We reach over 29,000 students and adult learners a year, providing college access success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship and retention services. Many of our students are from low-income families and are first-generation college students.

College Now works with middle and high school students in schools and community-based settings

across five Northeast Ohio counties and our advisors create a “college-going” culture in the schools by engaging students and their families individually and in group sessions.

College Now’s focus on adult learners is critical to the success of developing Greater Cleveland’s talent. We provide our solutions to adults, ages 19 and older, who want to return to college or are enrolling for the first time. The College Now Resource Center is a primary point of contact with adult learners, including dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, displaced homemakers, and veterans.

Leaders in College Access

College Now was the nation’s first college access organization and served as a model for peer organizations across the country. Our work remains an example of best practice in college access.

Staff & Board

College Now’s staff and Board of Directors are dedicated to achieving our mission of increasing educational attainment in Greater Cleveland.

Reports to the Community

Want to take a peek at College Now’s reports to the community? Start here.

Financial Information

College Now believes in full transparency and is pleased to provide the following financial information.


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Job Opportunities

Interested in joining our team? View our current openings.