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The Access College Foundation was founded  in 1988 to help local students and parents navigate the college admission and financial aid processes. 

In more than 25 years, we have helped more than 45,000 students from South Hampton Roads go to college, while leveraging more than $375 million in financial aid and scholarships for these students.

An Access Advisor is available in your student's high school, and all Access services are provided free of charge.

To make your student's path to college easier and less expensive, it’s very important that you and your student meet with your Access Advisor.  Working together, you and your student's Access Advisor will customize a plan to meet your student's needs, which may include:

  • Choosing colleges that fit your student's proposed major, as well as the location and size they want.  We do this by helping you search the internet, tour colleges, and by helping you make the most of the information we provide for you with the Access College Prep Handbook.

  • Registering your student for the SAT and/or ACT. It’s vital to have your student register as early as possible to avoid a delay in his/her college acceptance decision and enable them to take either exam more than once to increase their score.  They can prepare for the SAT by taking free SAT Prep Workshops offered by Access.

  • Assisting your student through the application processes and following up to ensure they meet application deadlines.

  • Assisting you with the financial aid process; this includes assisting you with filing out and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and following up to ensure that your student meets application deadlines.

Make an appointment to meet with your student's ACCESS Advisor -- they are a resource for you and your family. Click here for their contact information and office hours.