Quick Guide to What Parents and Students Should Know About COVID-19’s Effects on ACCESS and Your College Journey:
This Q & A is being updated to reflect latest developments at ACCESS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was last updated October 16, 2020, at 12:19 pm EDT.
Q: Is ACCESS College Foundation being proactive to offer services to students?
A: The ACCESS Program Management Team and the Advisors are doing several things to lessen the stress of this unprecedented situation. ACCESS College Foundation is still fully operational and working remotely to serve students and families in our community.
Q: Are the ACCESS headquarters and its school-based offices currently open for in-person visits?
This, of course, may change based on the health situation in our community, the decisions mandated by our government, and the practicality of re-opening our offices on that date. ACCESS staff is available via phone, email, and Skype/FaceTime communication. High School Advisory Staff contact information can be found below and all staff contact information can be found on our “High School Advisor" page.
Q: How are ACCESS Advisors currently assisting students?
A: Depending on what resources are available in each school district and for each Advisor at his/her home, ACCESS High School and College Success Advisors are serving students virtually using various platforms such as Skype, Group Me, Remind, Email, and Google Phone. Each platform enables a two-way exchange of information between both the student and Advisor ensuring that each student receives an advisory experience comparable to an in-person meeting.
Q: Are ACCESS Advisors still assisting students with filing their FAFSAs?
A: Yes, ACCESS Advisors are still assisting with the filing of the FAFSA.
Q: Are ACCESS Advisors still assisting students with the verification process?
A: Yes, currently our Advisors are assisting students with the verification process including resolving issues with admission status and financial aid for the upcoming school year.
Q: Are ACCESS Advisors still reviewing and explaining financial aid award letters that students have received?
A: Yes. There are still deadlines to meet for accepting financial aid awards to ensure that the funds are there to begin classes in Fall 2020.
Q: What are ACCESS Advisors doing to promote SAT/ACT preparation?
A: ACCESS Advisors are encouraging high school juniors to continue working on SAT prep in the College Board’s online Khan Academy. The SATs/ACTs in March and April have been cancelled, and College Board will be refunding money to all students who have prepaid for the exams. Currently, SAT is offering a June 6th exam and ACT is offering a June 13th exam to give juniors a jump on the process for next year. If students need assistance with registering, ACCESS Advisors are available to assist virtually with registration and payment.
Q: Are ACCESS Scholarships still available?
A: Yes, ACCESS Scholarships are still available. To apply for an ACCESS Scholarship, visit our “Scholarship Application” page.
Q: What effects are the current closures having on high school seniors’ college journey.
A: When examining the effects of the current closures on the class of 2020 it is clear that the process of completing the final details associated with admission and financial aid is going to be very different—and sometimes difficult depending on what is missing from the file the college has on the student. For example, if students have been selected for verification, all the verification documents will need to be completed and submitted to the college financial aid office by their deadline before students will receive any type of financial aid for next year. Students in verification should contact their ACCESS Advisor right away!
Q: What are the colleges saying?
A: Currently, colleges and universities are working to create and establish new deadlines for final transcripts, acceptance confirmations, and everything in between. ACCESS is compiling that information for our Advisors so they can disseminate to their students.
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Virtual Advising Contact Information
Our Access Advisors have been working hard to meet the higher education needs of our students virtually. As a result, we have created virtual offices where students can interact with their advisors via Zoom, attend financial aid workshops, find a listing of virtual college tours, schedule a FAFSA appointment and more!