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ACCESS Visits Old Dominion University!

Thank you to Old Dominion University and Megan Brammer, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, for hosting our ACCESS Advisors on January 20th!

We had a blast meeting Dean Adams, touring the Batten College of Engineering and Technology, hearing from Assistant Athletic Director, Regean Hill about being a student athlete and meeting students from the entrepreneurship academy. Of course, we loved lunch at the new state of the art Broderick Dining Hall and hanging out with Big Blue too! We can't wait to come back for another visit! 

See more photos from the visit on our Facebook page!


ACCESS' Holiday Community Project

This holiday season, ACCESS volunteered at the Salvation Army Distribution Depot and had the opportunity to serve over 45 families in our community about every 15 minutes! 

Our employees also sponsored an Angel Tree and donated 25 gifts to make the season brighter for local families. We're so thankful for the opportunity to give back this holiday season!

ACCESS on Hampton Roads' Perspectives 

Recently, our President and CEO, Bonnie, and ACCESS Advisor Mary Carter, stopped by 94.9 The Point to chat with Woo Woo about ACCESS and changes to the FAFSA form this year. The interview appeared on Hampton Roads' Perspectives which can be heard on Sunday mornings on any Entercom station! 
Didn't have a chance to catch the interview? You can listen to the full segment above!


ACCESS Participates in College Access Panel on Capitol Hill

Kyle Williams, Program Specialist, represented ACCESS College Foundation on a panel in Washington DC as an expert in the field of college access.  There is strong bipartisan interest on Capitol Hill in simplifying the first and most visible step in the student aid process: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). But there is little awareness of, or advocacy around, what happens after the application is filed and why it matters. The panel discussed the barriers that the FAFSA verification process can create for low-income or otherwise at-risk students. 

This collaborative project between TICAS, NCAN and NASFAA aims to educate members of Congress and their staff about the need to ensure that simplification on the front end of the application process isn’t undermined by complexity on the back end, where burdensome “verification” paperwork can delay or block eligible low-income students’ access to aid. 

Thank you Kyle for sharing stories and information on how this process is impacting our students in South Hampton Roads and Northampton County and what can be done to improve the financial aid process!  Read the full report here:  www.ticas.org/content/pub/sidelines-simplification