Eligibility and Application

To be considered for funding under the ACCESS Program, a student must:

  • Be admitted to Appalachian as a first-time freshman enrolled in a first undergraduate degree program
  • Be a North Carolina resident
  • Attend Appalachian State University as a full-time student
  • Meet an adjusted gross income for the prior tax year of or below 100% of the federal poverty guidelines (see below for guidelines)
  • Demonstrate financial need resulting in an EFC (expected family contribution) of zero after Verification of the student's filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year

How to apply:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Visit scholarships.appstate.edu to complete the university's freshman scholarship application as soon as possible and no later than March 1.
    • The scholarship application consists of:
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Resume
      • Three individual essays (prompts are provided in the application)
  3. Watch your email and MyApp for more information. Applicants who make it to the finalist round will be required to submit Verification documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid for final consideration. All ACCESS scholarship recipients will be notified by April 5.

2016 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Persons in Family48 Contiguous States and D.C.
For each additional person, add$4,160

SOURCE: Federal Register, January 25, 2016