Mission College ACCESS Program - Eligibility and Application

Students Served

ACCESS works with 160 Mission College students who are:

  • Enrolled in at least 9 units during the Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • Planning on attaining an A.A./A.S. degree and/or transferring to a 4-year University.
Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for participation in the ACCESS program, applicants must first meet these minimum qualifications:

  • Be enrolled at Mission College.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Have submitted a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Meet one or more of these requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education:
    • First-generation to college (neither parent nor legal guardian has received a Bachelor's degree in the United States).
    • Low-income (based on family size).
    • Learning or physical disability (as confirmed through DISC/DSPS)

In addition to these minimum qualifications, Federal regulations require ACCESS to consider other prioritized requirements, including the following data, among others:

  • Grade Point Average
  • Course Placement  Level
  • Number of Units Completed
  • ... and more


What is the process for applying to the ACCESS Program?
  1. Print the ACCESS Program Student Application: PDF

    or, pick up an application from the ACCESS Program Office located on the first floor of Mission College main building inside office C1-117. If the office is closed, blank application forms can be found in the plastic box on the wall to the right of the ACCESS Office door.
  2. Return the completed & signed application, any application-requested verification, and unofficial transcripts (if applicable) to the ACCESS Program office or mail it to:

    Mission College
    ACCESS Program Office
    3000 Mission College Blvd.
    Mail Stop 10
    Santa Clara, CA 95054


Other Requirements

Once accepted into the ACCESS program, students must meet the following requirements to stay in good standing:

  1. Be enrolled in at least 9 units every semester.
  2. Be working towards maintaining at least a 2.75 GPA.
  3. Complete ACCESS Orientation requirements, including five hours of required online workshops during the first semester and at least one workshop every semester thereafter.
  4. Complete a Grade Progress Form with each professor each semester and turn them in by the end of the 6th week of classes. [In order to comply with Federal requirements, all ACCESS students are now required to complete Grade Progress Forms.] Students with Progress Report grades of "C" or lower must make an appointment with an ACCESS Counselor to discuss improvement options.
  5. Meet with an ACCESS Counselor at least once a semester to create/revise your Education Plan.