Since 2006, the College Access Program has helped hundreds of low-income students and their families prepare for the SAT, apply to and enroll in college, secure college financial aid, and transition successfully from high school to college.

Students in the program take part in a rigorous SAT preparation course as well as workshops to ease their transition to college. They also receive one-on-one counseling on how to navigate the college application and financial aid process.

Over the years, the College Access Program has helped hundreds of students improve their SAT scores by an average of 110 points, maintained a 95% college placement rate, and has secured over $10 million in financial aid for college-bound students and their families.

To learn more about the College Access program contact Derrick Lawson or Nia Freeman at | 718-571-9491 or | 718-571-9519.


High school students living in the NYC metropolitan area who want to explore college options and demonstrate a strong desire to succeed and give back to their peers and community. From first generation, economically high need and underserved NYCHA public housing communities.

Selection Process

The selection process entails a review of the applications and selection of the most motivated candidates. From there, the candidate undergoes a brief interview process from which Urban Upbound will determine whom to admit into the program.


Applications for the College Access Program are now being accepted. Download the application here. The program begins in October 2015. Complete an application and email to

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