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Mission Statement

“To provide students, who may not have the opportunity, the path to attend and complete college.”

The ACCESS College Foundation is committed to the betterment of our students and to providing them with the tools necessary to be successful in their educational endeavors. Our goal is to ensure they are able to make informed decisions about postsecondary education and to provide academic, financial, and personal support while in college. ACCESS uses a collaboration of human and financial resources to help students realize their dream of becoming a college graduate


The full range of programs and services offered by ACCESS are available free of charge to all public high school students and parents in South Hampton Roads:

Early Awareness - Presentations to middle school students and their parents to help prepare them for post-secondary education.

One-Stop Resource - Provide a college advisor for high school students and their parents to help with researching higher education opportunities. Advisors offer assistance in identifying colleges and programs that match a student's interests, searching for financial aid and guiding them through the step-by-step procedure for the admissions and financial aid process.

Parental Advising - Assist parents in preparing for their child's postsecondary education through educational seminars and one-to-one advising.

Financial Assistance with College Applications and Tests - To overcome financial barriers for students whose families are not able to pay for college, ACCESS Advisors obtain fee waivers for AP/SAT/ACT testing and college applications for qualifying students or ACCESS pays the fees for the AP/SAT/ACT tests and college applications if necessary.

College Tours - When students are able to visualize themselves on a college campus, they are better equipped to take on the challenge of making the grades and navigating the college application and financial aid processes. The ACCESS College Foundation provides guided tours of a variety of colleges and universities in Virginia free of charge to the students ACCESS serves. Tours are guided by college staff, and include motor coach transportation, refreshments and/or meals and often provide on-site college admission sessions.

Financial Aid - Provide trained advisors for personal and confidential advising services to high school students and their families, supplementing the financial aid information provided by school guidance staffs and maximizing each student's financial aid opportunities.

Career Development - Expose students to a range of postsecondary educational and career opportunities.

ACCESS "Last Dollar" Scholarships - Award need-based scholarships to high school students who are pursuing postsecondary education.

Scholarship Administration for Other Organizations - Manage scholarship programs for other local individuals, organizations, outside agencies or businesses. Management involves a nominal fee for publicizing the program, reviewing applicants, establishing the criteria and selecting recipients.


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