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 the latest developments at ACCESS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was last updated October 21, 2020, at 11:23 am 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?
A: No. ACCESS staff continue to telecommute. The reopening of our headquarters and school-based offices will be based on decisions mandated by our government and the health situation in our community. ACCESS staff are available via phone, email, virtual offices, and Skype/FaceTime communication. Our Advisory Staff contact information can be found below. Each Advisor has virtual offices and padlet. Their contact information can be found on both our Staff and COVID sections of our website. All other staff contact information can be found at https://accesscollege.org/staff.
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. Please see Advisor’s virtual office links located on the ACCESS website to get additional information on how to engage and connect to the Advisor for your specific High School.
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 virtually 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. Advisors are still working with students from the Class of 2020, who are still seeking to enroll in classes. Currently, High School Seniors are still expected to meet deadlines for accepting financial aid awards to ensure that the funds are there to begin classes in Fall 2021.
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. Due to SATs/ACTs being canceled in the spring, Advisors are encouraging students to still register for the SAT/ACT. It is important for students to contact the testing center to see if the test is still being given due to possible COVID restrictions. If students need assistance with registering, ACCESS Advisors are available to assist virtually with registration and payment.
Q: Are ACCESS Scholarships still available?
A: Currently, ACCESS Scholarships become available in early March and are typically due in May. To apply for an ACCESS Scholarship, visit our “Scholarship Application” page.
ACCESS College Foundation
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!