Academics, College Counseling & Educational SUCCESS Services

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College Admissions Orientation

This seminar serves the same purpose as an
Initial College Consultation at a fraction of the cost and with a few minor differences. Since it serves a larger audience, it does not include an assessment of an individual student's achievements. However, it does provide all the same generic information one would receive in a one-on-one meeting: students will be provided with a Guidebook to the College Process that includes several glossaries, a to-do list for students in grades 9-11, a timeline for seniors, and specific information related to extracurricular activities, financial aid, scholarships, and standardized tests. Our consultant will walk you through the college admissions process, explaining how and why the choices you make in high school will impact your college opportunities. Parent and student questions will be answered. Registration for this program is limited to 10 participants and is required.

Small Group SAT Prep

Each 4 hour session will include test taking strategies, sample exam questions, practice tests, and answer review. English prep will focus on the Reading Test and the Writing & Language Test. Both the no calculator and calculator sections of the Math exam will be addressed. There will be a 30 minute break for lunch. Our students typically increase their scores by 100-200 points overall. Registration and full payment are required in advance by either using PayPal below or by mailing a check payable to Access Success. Enrollment in this program is limited to 8 students. We confirm all registrations, so if you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact us. 

Our consultant regularly holds seminars, workshops and information sessions on a variety of topics related to college search, application and financing processes. Below, you will find details of our current and upcoming programs and services. Additionally, our counselor provides individual appointments to aid students and their parents with setting realistic college admissions goals and expectations. Click here for a complete list of services and fees. For additional information regarding any of these services and/or to schedule an appointment, contact us.

For the CT State Exams 
on Mar. 25 & Apr. 14
​Prep Dates: 
​Sundays, March 1, 8, 15 & 22
10:30 AM-3 PM
Access Success
64 Wall St., Suite 211

Norwalk, CT
​​Cost for Math & English Prep: 

Seminars, Workshops, Information Sessions & Other Services

Financial Aid Fundamentals

This workshop provides an in-depth look at the financial aid process helping to demystify it and set realistic expectations for financing college. This presentation addresses both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by defining the purpose of each, and explaining why they're necessary, how they work, and what's required for each. The differences between loans, grants, scholarships and work studies will be explained. Loan information, both federal and private, will also be discussed.

Date: Monday, January 27, 2020
6-7:30 PM
Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk

Cost: FREE!


For the CT State Exams

on Mar. 25 & Apr. 14

Prep Dates:

Sundays, March 1, 8, 15 & 22

Time: 10:30 AM-3 PM

Access Success

6 East St., Unit B

New Milford, CT

​​Cost for Math & English Prep: 

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Date: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020
Time: 1-3 PM
Location: 6 East St., Unit B, New Milford
Cost: $150/student & parent(s)

If you are interested in sponsoring a specific seminar at your place of business, school, civic organization's monthly meeting, local public library or are interested in hosting a session in your home or at our New Milford location for a specific group of students and/or their families (e.g. - homeschoolers, students-athletes, student groups with a particular area of interest like STEM fields or theater arts, etc.), please contact us for details and to schedule your program.


Scholarship Application Workshop

This workshop is only for students living in the 21-town region that is served by the Connecticut Community Foundation. CCF administers many annual scholarships - several of them renewable year after year. According to their website: "To be eligible for most of these scholarships, students must reside in our 21-town area, possess a B- or higher cumulative academic average, and plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States (as a new, returning or current college student)."

During this workshop, students will receive assistance in determining which of the many scholarships they meet the prerequisite for and will be provided with assistance in completing applications for such. Students will also receive assistance in establishing Fastweb accounts to help them gain access to hundreds of scholarship applications. Students will require their own laptops for this workshop. (Phones and tablets cannot be substituted.) Registration is required and will be limited to 12 students.

Date: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
Time: 1-4 PM
Location: 6 East St., Unit B, New Milford
Cost: $50/student

How to Negotiate College Financial Aid

Join us for this 1 hour seminar covering the basics of what you need to know to successfully negotiate your Financial Aid Award. Learn the difference between an appeal (which is made through a school's financial aid office) and a negotiation (which is made through a school's admissions office). Each requires specific and different criteria. Which is right for you? This program is appropriate for both parents and students, though it is not necessary for both to attend.

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020
7-8 PM
6 East St., Unit B, New Milford

Cost: $40/person