FAQs About Services
Who is eligible to participate in and receive services from Access?
Any student in the following public school systems: Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Northampton County, VA.
What services does Access provide?
College planning assistance to middle and high school students, fee waivers for testing and college applications for eligible high school students, assistance filing the FAFSA form to high school and college students, and assistance to college students in-person on 13 designated college campuses and to others virtually. Access also coordinates college visits for high school students and provides scholarships based on a competitive application process.
How do I know which services I qualify for?
Everyone qualifies for college planning and FAFSA filing. Meet with your Access Advisor to discuss other options!
How do I sign up for Access?
Complete the JOIN NOW form if you are in middle school. If you are in high school, you simply stop by and see your Access Advisor!
How do I know who my Access Advisor is and how do I contact them?
How do I qualify for fee waivers or payments for testing and college applications?
Complete the Access Services Application and submit to your Access Advisor for consideration. Certain income requirements must be met.
What is the Early Awareness (EA) Program?
Our EA program is designed to motivate 7th and 8th grade middle school students to start thinking about college. We encourage students to have a positive attitude, to believe that college IS attainable, and to take challenging courses like Algebra while in middle school to prepare for college.
How much does it cost to attend Access events?
Most events are free; however, if a cost is associated with an event it will be publicized as necessary.
How much does it cost to receive Access services?
Free! There is no cost to students or parents for services provided at any level: middle school, high school, or college.