About Us

Access Group is a nonprofit, mission-driven, membership organization


Who We Are

Founded in 1983, Access Group is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of nearly 200 nonprofit and state-affiliated ABA-approved law schools. From providing financial education resources and services for students and schools, to supporting research programs and data collection, to driving policy advocacy, we work to promote broad access, affordability and the value of legal education specifically, and graduate and professional education more broadly.

Access Group has a total of 76 employees in its offices in West Chester, Pennsylvania and Washington DC, and in its field offices throughout the United States. Access Group currently has $500 million in total net assets.

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What We Do

Research and Policy Advocacy

Committed to an agenda that informs and furthers access, affordability and the value of legal education, the Access Group Center for Research & Policy AnalysisSM is addressing some of the most critical issues facing legal education today. The Center generates strategic research by collecting and analyzing data, commissioning external experts, and collaborating with other organizations to publish and report on the issues most relevant to Access Group’s research priorities. The Center also serves as a primary resource for policymakers and their staff on policies impacting graduate and professional students and schools. Access Group is driven primarily by a desire for sustainable, long-term policy choices that benefit legal, and other graduate and professional education, with students taking center stage in its analysis.

Financial Education Resources

In coordination with school administrators, Access Group provides both one-on-one and group-based financial education and loan repayment counseling sessions on campuses around the country. These sessions, along with a slate of WiseBorrower® financial education publications and resources, deliver accurate and timely repayment information to students, assisting them in making informed decisions as they consider how best to meet their student loan obligations and plan for their future.

Access Assist®

Access Assist® is the first service of its kind to provide on-demand one-to-one student loan repayment and financial aid information to graduate and professional students, and recent grads. Whether by phone, e-mail, live chat feature, borrowers seeking guidance on financing their education, managing student loan repayment, understanding the complexities of repayment plans, or other student loan questions have the ability to get answers from our expert Access Assist Service Representatives – personal, confidential and 100% free.

Need Access®

For more than 20 years, Need Access®, Access Group’s signature need analysis tool for undergraduate and graduate institutions, state higher education systems and others, has provided the most efficient process by which to award non-Federal graduate and undergraduate student aid. Today, Need Access continues to expand its reach by offering a simple and cost-effective way for students to apply for institutional financial aid.


Continuing for more than 25 years, the annual Access Group Graduate & Professional Financial Aid Conference provides exceptional professional development, outstanding speakers, essential financial aid training and technical updates, and networking opportunities for higher education professionals. Developed with input and support from graduate and professional school administrators from around the country, the conference is dedicated to the unique issues facing graduate and professional schools and students.

2015 Annual Report

Access Group 2015 Annual Report

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