The College Access Program

The College Access Program can help you get READY, get SET and GO to college!

Many students throughout the Philadelphia region dream of advancing their education but often find their resources limited. Through our College Access Program, students and their parents or guardians are provided with the information, exposure, and resources necessary to thrive in college. The College Access Program also works to build partnerships with schools, neighborhood organizations, institutions of higher education, and other pre-college programs in order to effectively advocate for and provide services to students and their families.

The College Access Program promotes awareness of the value and benefits of a college education and provides readiness services to approximately 1,300 students who are enrolled in one of five district and charter high schools in Philadelphia. These services include:

  • One on one academic advising, including transcript review and class scheduling
  • Access to workshops
  • Help completing college and scholarship applications, including assistance in essay writing
  • Enhanced college visits
  • SAT/ACT preparation, registration, and guidance
  • Financial aid assistance and guidance in the financial aid process
  • College major selection and career guidance and development
  • Personalized college advising and college preparation
  • College, financial aid, and scholarship resources and referrals
  • Referrals to GED and Adult Diploma Programs

The College Access Program is an Educational Talent Search TRIO program that has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education since 1990. The College Access Program has helped more than 75,000 students to graduate from high school and gain acceptance into college.