ACCESS Scholarship Program

ACCESS Scholarship Program

ACCESS Scholarship Program

Appalachian is committed to making higher education affordable for every North Carolina student. The Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success (ACCESS) Scholarship Program ensures 50 students from low-income families in North Carolina can attend Appalachian debt-free.

Full institutional costs are covered for up to 8 semesters, including tuition and fees, room and board and book rental.

Also, students selected for the ACCESS program learn from specialized courses focused on college transition and financial planning; receive personalized academic advising and mentorship; and benefit from being immersed in a community of scholars and peers.

You are automatically considered for this program if you meet the deadlines.

To be considered for the ACCESS Scholarship Program:

To be considered for the ACCESS Scholarship Program:

  • November 1, Submit the application for admission
  • November 15, Submit all application materials
  • December 1, Complete FAFSA for priority consideration

(To be automatically considered for the ACCESS program, complete all required and recommended steps for admission to Appalachian by 11:59 p.m. eastern time.  The Signature Scholarships and Selective Academic Programs Application is not required to be considered for the ACCESS program or the Appalachian Excellence Scholarship.)

Explore the Appalachian Excellence Scholarship (AES)

Explore the Appalachian Excellence Scholarship (AES)

Appalachian Excellence Scholarships (AES) are awarded to top first-year students with a strong academic record.

Explore Appalachian's Signature Scholarships

Explore Appalachian's Signature Scholarships

Appalachian's Signature Scholarships consist of merit-based and need-based opportunities and provide varying awards ranging from partial to full institutional costs.

Explore Appalachian's Selective Academic Programs

Explore Appalachian's Selective Academic Programs

Appalachian’s Selective Academic Programs offer unique and enriched academic, social, living, and leadership opportunities. 

Explore First Year College and Departmental Scholarships

Explore First Year College and Departmental Scholarships

Each academic college offers scholarships for incoming students who have identified their major or future career path. Scholarsips often include opportunities for mentorship, research, and experiential learning.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarships

Explore scholarship opportunities offered by outside organizations.