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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

ACCESS Receives Bank of America's Neighborhood Builders Award!

ACCESS was chosen as one of 62 organizations from across the country this year to receive Bank of America's Neigborhood Builders Award! Through the program, Bank of America empowers non-profits to meet the changing needs in their communities by connecting them to leadership training development and $200,000 in flexible funding.

ACCESS will use the funding to expand their services and connect ACCESS Scholars with internship and job opportunities. To see more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page!

ACCESS on WTKR's Coast Live!

College is expensive but that should not stop you from applying!

Our President and CEO, Bonnie Sutton, and College Success Advisor, Tabatha Hargrove, appeared on WTKR's Coast Live to provide tips on how to afford college.

Check out the clip here: http://wtkr.com/…/…/finding-money-for-college-on-coast-live/

ACCESS 2016 Annual Luncheon

Thank you to all who attended our 2016 Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, October 18th! We want to extend a special thank you to our speakers, Christelle Hollomon, an ACCESS Scholar, and Kimberly Adams, mother of ACCESS Scholar Israel Guerrera. 

We are so proud of what we've been able to accomplish in the past year. Please take a look at some of the year's highlights in our 2016 Annual Report (available here).

   

 

Here's to another great year dedicated to fulfilling the ACCESS Promise: To be a guiding light, encouraging and supporting students through college completion and beyond.

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