How do we support College Access?

The Education Alliance believes it is very important for students to pursue postgraduate education. Whether that education takes place at a four year university, 2-Year community college, or trade school, The Education Alliance is committed to helping West Virginia students take advantage of every opportunity available to be ready for their future. The Education Alliance supports college access in a number of ways; from organizing a Statewide College Access Network to providing prizes and grants that support post-secondary education.

For more information contact Andrew Means at 304-342-7850 (phone) or

Statewide Network

Network provides opportunities for students to attend college or other postgraduate programs.

In order to increase West Virginia students’ postsecondary attainment rates, The Education Alliance has championed the creation of a Statewide College Access Network with the support of the National College Attainment Network (NCAN). This Statewide Network brings together leaders in education, business, and community in West Virginia to identify and expand opportunities for students to attend college or other postgraduate programs.

College Contest

140 lucky seniors will win prizes for applying for the Promise Scholarship and filing the FAFSA.

The Education Alliance is partnering with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to offer the “Cool Cash for College” contest. Current high school seniors who fill out a Promise Scholarship application and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be enrolled in a contest where they can win prizes. 40 lucky seniors will win a Grand Prize (Apple AirPods, a Mini Fridge, or a Wireless Printer) and 100 Second Prize winners who will receive $20 Cash. Click here to learn more about the “Cool Cash for College” contest.

Virtual College Visits

Click here and join us in April for Virtual College Visits for West Virginia Middle Schools!

The Education Alliance partnered with the Higher Education Policy Commission to offer college visit grants.  The grant provides funding for 35 West Virginia middle schools to participate in a college visit. The grant enables participating schools to receive funding and technical support to engage their 7th grade students in college visits of a 2-year or 4-year West Virginia institutions. The visit is free to all students, and the money can be used for more than one campus site visit. Each visiting school must follow its county's field trip policy.

Participating Schools:
2018-2019 Grantees
2019-2020 Grantees

Pre-Visit Survey
Post-Visit Survey