ACCESS Collaborative

ACCESS Collaborative

Breaking the cycle of poverty in parenting-student families one degree at a time, ACCESS is an academic and social support program assisting parenting students who are pursuing a college education at The Ohio State University.


Established in 1989, the ACCESS Collaborative Program is an academic and social support program for parenting students who are pursuing a college education at The Ohio State University. While the program strives to increase the retention rates of parenting students, special attention is given to the unique circumstances of students from diverse social groups. By minimizing the barriers that may prevent their full participation, the ACCESS Collaborative Program works to create a campus climate that is inclusive for all.

The program coordinates university and community support services to assist parenting students of various household compositions and personal demographics toward degree completion. Both male and female undergraduate parenting students who are either full-time or part-time students at The Ohio State University can participate in the program.

CHAMPS Program is now accepting applications!

The CHAMPS Program is a comprehensive mentoring program between college parenting students and Columbus area high school and young adult moms who are parenting or pregnant. Students accepted into CHAMPS will begin programming in the fall of 2024. The Spring application deadline is May 15, 2024.

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About ACCESS Collaborative


  • Full-time or part-time Ohio State students

  • Minimum GPA of 2.0

  • Full, physical custody of their children

Services Offered

  • Scholarship opportunities

  • Mentoring, professional development

  • Housing assistance


  • Parenting skills: building self-esteem and promoting autonomy in children, improving family harmony, guiding children to maturity.

  • Life skills: stress management, relationship building, communication skill development