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ACCESS Plus 2nd Extension Guidelines

Purpose – Why am I an ACCESS-Plus Student for a 2nd term?

ACCESS-Plus is a status that allows students who have completed two semesters of the ACCESS program–with moderate success–to have a(n) additional semester(s) to meet the program goals. If an ACCESS-Plus student makes some good progress during their 1st extension, then they can be granted a 2nd extension to complete the requirements that are determined together with your SSA.

Fees – How much does it cost to be an ACCESS-Plus student?

ACCESS-Plus students pay the same tuition and fees of a regular Mason undergraduate in addition to a $500 ACCESS-Plus fee for each additional semester it takes to complete the program requirements. This fee is utilized to fund the tutoring, technology, advising, and program resources that will be made available to you as an ACCESS-Plus student.

Expectations – What do I have to do as an ACCESS-Plus Student?

All ACCESS Plus students are responsible for maintaining the following  standards during the specified period:

  1. Overall grade point average (GPA) above 2.0;
  2. A semester course load not exceeding thirteen credit hours; and
  3. A grade of C or better in each course.

Also, during this period students are expected to:

  1. Meet with Joan Elwood, Student Success Advisor (jelwood(at), before the add/drop period to discuss your Spring 2014 academic plan;
  2. Meet with your SSA at least once during the period;
  3. Meet the goals stated in your Academic Plan;
  4. Make systematic progress towards completion of degree requirements by earning a minimum of 48 earned credits by end of spring semester; and
  5. Adhere to all student conduct and academic integrity guidelines as published by university policy.

Process – When will I know if I’ve completed the program requirements?

ACCESS-Plus students will have their records reviewed after final grades have been posted to confirm that they have maintained all program requirements.

ACCESS-Plus students may also need to complete a new outbound application form if an advisor has not already approved a change of major.

Failure to meet these standards and expectations can result in:

  1. Inability to transfer into intended major
  2. Termination from the ACCESS program
  3. Dismissal from George Mason University