Mission Statement

The AXS Foundation supports AXS Companion to Common App and the AXS Toolbox.

The AXS Companion to Common App is a free online resource for students to use as they successfully navigate the college application process.

The AXS Toolbox is a free, versatile resource to support counselors as they guide students through the Common App journey.

About Us

The AXS Foundation is a 501(c)3, and its support of the AXS Companion focuses on increasing higher education access by simplifying the complex college application process.

Amidst reduced high school counseling, navigating the Common App has become more challenging, particularly for first-generation students. Recognizing these challenges, IECA volunteers collaborated with Oregon State University E-Campus to create AXS Companion—a free, online resource that protects student privacy with no tracking or sign-in requirements. The comprehensive modules feature over 50 narrated videos that guide students as they work through Common App, including insights on financial aid and essay writing. The AXS Companion is time-efficient for counselors by facilitating independent or group guidance. The recently updated Financial Aid section offers English and Spanish videos, which include new FAFSA information. 

L-R: Marilyn O'Toole, (AXS Companion- Chair), Jon Boeckenstedt (Vice Provost at Oregon State University), and Mark Sklarow (CEO of IECA) presenting "The AXS Companion, A New Tool For Students Applying using Common App" at NACAC 2022

AXS Companion’s Impact
  • Recognized by NACAC as a Trusted Source

  • Partnered with Michelle Obama’s education initiative Reach Higher

  • 58,231 unique users to AXS Companion in Fall 2023

  • Launched at NACAC National Conference 2022, Houston, Texas

100% of the The AXS Foundation funding supports the AXS Companion

What is the AXS Companion?

For the better part of a year, counselors from across the country worked with Oregon State University Ecampus creating more than 50 videos and a multitude of resources that walk students through each step of the application process. Students can take the whole journey as they fill out their application or drop in on a particular module for targeted support. Consultants and experts from colleges and universities provided valuable perspectives, offering guidance on topics such as how applications are reviewed and explaining financial aid.


What is Covered in The AXS Companion?

The AXS Companion topics include:
  • Overview of College Admissions
  • Submitting Test Scores

  • Completing Activities List

  • Writing the Personal Essay

  • Completing Courses & Grades

  • Overview of My Colleges section


Simplifying College Access... Together

The AXS Toolbox is a free, versatile resource to support counselors as they guide students through the Common App journey. Contains customizable lesson plans & slides, engaging video tutorials, interactive student worksheets, and a wealth of resources, the AXS Toolbox utilizes the AXS Companion to streamline the counseling process.


AXS Companion Reviews

David Quinn

Harlem Village Academies
Director of International Baccalaureate

"The AXS Companion... "fundamentally changes the lives of tens of thousands of students. It is a trusted companion. The design is impeccable."

Sylvia Borgo

DJ Educational Consulting

"I've sent video clips to students and families and also shared the site with my local high school's counselors. You can't even imagine what an impact it is having."

K. Wescott

High School Counselor, Seattle, WA

"In my opinion, the AXS Companion is the best thing that’s happened in the last decade for college app assistance!"

Angel Perez


"Thank YOU for all you continue to do for our students, the association, and the public good."

Authors of The Truth About College Admission(2023)
The Truth About College Admission

"We encourage you to take advantage of this phenomenally helpful resource"

AXS Foundation Top Funding Priorities

  • Direct outreach to under-resourced schools
  • Attendance at educational conferences
  • National partnership development
  • Administrative support
  • Annual updates required to align with Common App

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