Mapping Your Future: Mapping Your Future turns 27


Mapping Your Future turns 27

By Catherine Mueller

September 14, 2023

When it comes to planning for the future, we could all use a little guidance.

That's why Mapping Your Future has been around now for 27 years – to help students, families, and schools. Through our mission of helping students succeed, we've helped millions of students and families and thousands of schools through the years.

Debuting in the summer of 1996, Mapping Your Future was one of the first national websites to provide college, career, and financial aid information for students and families.

Mapping Your Future started when a group of five state and nonprofit education agencies decided to collaborate to provide information and services via the web. At that time, the leaders of the agencies didn't know what types of services we would be able to provide but knew that we could deliver these services better by working together and staying true to our mission to serve schools, students, and families. They also recognized the great potential in providing valuable services via the Internet.

Since that time, Mapping Your Future has developed into a national financial aid industry collaborative project. We've also partnered with other financial aid industry organizations and include many financial aid professionals in the development of future enhancements to the site.

A lot has changed in higher education and financial aid through the years (especially this year), but Mapping Your Future's commitment to helping students succeed remains constant.

Thank you to the organizations and people that have contributed to our success by working with us, volunteering on our programs, and providing more than a little of their valuable guidance.

Cheers to the next 27 years.