ACCESS Scholarship Program

The ACCESS scholarship and support program is Appalachian State's promise to low-income North Carolina students that higher education is within reach. Students who earn a place at Appalachian and are selected for the ACCESS scholarship program have the opportunity to graduate debt-free.

Learn more about how ACCESS is making a difference in the lives of students.


In order to be eligible for the ACCESS program, a student must be a first-time freshman at Appalachian, attend full time (12 semester hours or more each semester), be a resident of North Carolina, and their guardians' adjusted gross income (AGI) cannot exceed 100% of the federal poverty guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services each year. Additionally, a student's EFC (expected family contribution) must be zero after Verification of the student's filing of the FAFSA.

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Financial Benefits

ACCESS offers its scholars a four-year university education at Appalachian without student loans. Specifically, the ACCESS program supplements federal financial aid grants, state grants, scholarships, and other forms of financial assistance with sufficient funds to cover the cost of institutional charges (tuition, fees, room, board, and health insurance). In addition, ACCESS students have the opportunity to have a work-study job to help with personal expenses.


  • Submit the Application for Admission by November 1 and submit all supporting material, such as transcripts and test scores by November 15.
  • Complete the Application for Scholarships by November 15.
  • Complete the FAFSA by December 31.

Academic & Personal Support

Along with the financial assistance for students, a comprehensive program of Academic and Personal Support is a part of Appalachian's ACCESS program. ACCESS recognizes the challenges and obstacles many of our college students face and we offer support services to help our students adapt to their new campus life and reach their educational goals.

Services offered to all ACCESS students include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Orientation advising. All ACCESS students take part in orientation sessions led by our staff members which help our students get better acquainted with our program and Appalachian State as a whole.
  • Academic advising. Each ACCESS student is assigned an ACCESS advisor who will assist the student until he/she graduates.
  • Mentoring. New students are paired with a graduate-level mentor for their first year at Applachian. Mentors provide the students with academic help, career exploration assistance, and emotional support.
  • Professional development opportunities. PDO's bring all first-year students together once every 2 weeks to increase their knowledge about such topics as involvement, budget management, study abroad opportunities, career-related skills, and stress management.
  • Social events. ACCESS provides its students with the opportunity to attend social functions in order to promote a sense of community and connection outside of the classroom.