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Access to Opportunity

The College Board’s Access to Opportunity™ (A2O™) efforts are designed to identify and break down barriers that prevent students — particularly low-income, first generation, and underrepresented minority students – from applying to and enrolling in colleges that are the best academic, social, and financial fit. Our mission is to help all students recognize and make the most of the opportunities they’ve earned.

Current Campaigns

  • College Application Fee Waivers: Beginning in the 2014-15 academic year, every income-eligible senior who takes the SAT® or SAT Subject Tests™ using a fee waiver will receive four college application fee waivers from the College Board. These waivers will be delivered directly to students online starting in late August.
  • Realize Your College Potential: Customized packets of college planning information, including college application fee waivers accepted by more than 100 selective colleges. The packets are being sent to high-achieving, low-income seniors beginning in late August.
  • Apply to 4 or More: Select low-income seniors are being sent packets that include college application guidance and tools, which will help them apply to four or more colleges. Customized packets may contain college application fee waivers, information on SAT fee waivers, and/or college planning resources.

Tools for Schools and Districts

All students should have access to personalized college guidance. School counselors are the main source of this guidance and play a critical role in the college admission process. The College Board’s Access to Opportunity efforts are not intended to replace the important work that counselors do, but rather to supplement their efforts.

Whether or not students have been selected to participate in one of our campaigns, we encourage school and district staff to use our webinars and resources to help students successfully navigate the college planning process.

Customized Entry Pages


Applying to two colleges instead of one makes it 40% more likely that students will enroll in a four-year college. When students apply to more than two, their chances of enrolling will be even better. Encourage your students to apply to at least four or more colleges – one safety, two good fits, and one reach.

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