We Support

The Center for College Access and Success creates support systems for first-generation students, their families and their schools to make their dream of a college education a reality.

Post-Secondary Degrees for all Students

The Center for College Access and Success (CCAS) Northeastern Illinois University's educational outreach center to PreK-12 schools and their communities in the Chicago area.

42 Years

in Education

What’s happening at the Center? 

Make an Impact on

Post-Secondary Readiness 

and Success

December 3, 2019

What is #GivingTuesday?
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving to organizations, charities, events and more in your own community. This December 3rd, join the movement and kick-off the season of charitable donations and end-of-year giving!  

Join us in raising money for micro-scholarships for high school seniors in GEAR UP, TRIO, 21st Century, and Upward Bound Math & Science. Micro-scholarships can be used for high school graduation fees, travel, and book fees. Whether you donate $5 or $500, every little bit helps. 

Why Support Northeastern Illinois University's Center for College Access and Success?

NEIU's CCAS programs help low-income first-generation students prepare for life after high school by engaging students in activities to explore college and career options. These students tour college campuses, prepare for SAT testing, complete college applications, complete FAFSA and other financial aid forms, and participate in after school and summer enrichment programs. We work closely with our students' parents in workshops to help them navigate the college admission process. We also provide professional development to teachers focused on critical educational transitions.

Donate now through our NEIU or Facebook fundraising campaigns.

NEIU Fundraising Site

Select: Center for College Access and Success

Facebook Fundraising Site

Mastering the SAT: A New

Insight Into the SAT

New DATE!!!

December 7, 2019

9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Center for College Access and Success

770 N. Halsted, 4th Floor

Chicago, IL 60642

Download the event flyer. 

Join MasteryPrep as we review our most up-to-date findings on the SAT and provide you the tools you need to put our research into action in the classroom.

4 CPDUs | Clock Hours

Free for Chicago GEAR UP partnership schools.

Workshop Open to:

Chicago GEAR UP Math & English teachers working with 11th and 12th grade in a Chicago GEAR UP cohort school. $50 honorarium will be sent to teachers after workshop participation

CenterSpace Holiday Kermes: DIY Holiday Make and Take Ornaments 

December 18, 2019

5:39 pm - 5:30 pm

Center for College Access and Success

770 N. Halsted, 4th Floor

Chicago, IL 60642

$10.00 Workshop Fee

Just in time for the holidays! Join us as we create one of kind holiday crafts. Participants will have the opportunity to make mini Loteria shadow box, Frida die cut ornament, mini papel picado banner and paint a paper mache ornament star. 


  • All participants need to register

  • Churros and Hot Chocolate Provided

  • Door Prizes 

Creating Opportunities for All Students

A Unique Approach

The Center engages in collaborative partnerships that include teachers, parents, and administrators. Working together with community agencies, universities, arts and cultural organizations, and businesses, we share knowledge and resources.


Working in middle school through high school and the first year of college, CCAS provides activities and support to help students develop the skills they need to prepare for college and to succeed once they are there. We encourage students to think college and careers early, help make it real, and graduate with a degree. 


Parents are active partners in our programs and encouraged to create a college-going culture in their homes. Our family engagement programs result in greater parental involvement in the schools, with the added benefit of increasing the number of parents who continue their own education.



Each year more than 1,200  teachers participate in professional development, coaching, endorsement courses, and conferences. We share strategies that improve literacy and math skills, English language acquisition, and special education of Chicago-area urban, low income, first-generation students.



770 N. Halsted St., Suite 420

Chicago, Illinois 60642


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