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Access is a TRIO Student Support Services program funded through the US Department of Education. All services are free and confidential and are provided at no cost to Access students.

For more than 40 years, Access has helped CCRI students achieve academic success. Today, the program provides comprehensive services to 440 eligible students each year at CCRI's Lincoln, Providence, Warwick and Newport campus locations.

Students whose parents never completed a bachelor's degree, meet low-income federal guidelines, and/or are persons with a documented disability may qualify for Access and the special support services that are offered. The goal of Access is to ensure the retention, graduation and transfer of its participants within three years.

What services do we provide?

Advising. From helping with early registration to just lending a friendly ear when life gets overwhelming, Access counselors keep their students on the path towards success.

One-on-One Tutoring. Access tutors come from varied backgrounds ranging from business professionals to graduate students to retirees. Tutors work around the student's schedule and provide a supportive and friendly learning environment.

Transfer Planning & Assistance. Can't decide which school to transfer to? Access provides transportation for students to visit local college and university campuses, and our counselors are ready to guide students through the process of selecting the right school.

Financial Literacy. Access provides educational opportunities for students to learn about budgeting, credit scores, taxes and other money-related topics that can impact students' financial goals for the future.

Information and Assistance in Applying for Financial Aid. From helping students to complete the FAFSA form correctly, to verifying that students maintain the required grades and course load for financial aid, Access counselors ensure that students receive the support and financial help they need to move forward.

Am I eligible for Access?

To be considered for the Access program, you must:

  • be currently enrolled in a program of study at the College have completed CCRI’s Accuplacer testing
  • demonstrate an academic need for services
  • have a realistic goal of graduating from CCRI within four years

Additionally, you must fall in to at least one of the following categories:

  • I am a student whose parents never completed a Bachelor's degree
  • I am a student who is low-income according to federal guidelines
  • I am a student with a documented disability

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