Welcome to the Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success (OPASS)

"To assist students in the preparation for, access to, and support of their efforts during and the successful completion of a postsecondary program, certificate or degree."


The Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success (OPASS) administers approximately $175 million dollars in grants, contracts and scholarships to colleges and universities; schools, school districts and BOCES; community based and non-profit organizations; and students.  These programs seek to assist students in the preparation for, access to, support during, and the successful completion of a postsecondary program, certificate or degree.

The Office provides technical assistance on innovative strategies to: 

  1. Improve college graduation rates for ethnic, cultural and other underrepresented and or disadvantaged students; and
  2. Close the gap for students in need of academic intervention services to meet the Regents graduation requirements.

To accomplish this, the Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success (OPASS) coordinates its efforts through three operational units.


In October 2007, the P-16 leadership team developed a compendium of partnerships and collaborations now in place between colleges and universities and schools across the State (P-16 Compendium) PDF Image Icon [3790 KB]

    In addition a version of the Compendium PDF Image Icon [1242 KB] was prepared which seeks to gather the specific program information around four themes:

    • Teaching Methods Preparation and Cultural Competency for Teaching Special Populations;
    • College and Career Exploration and Targeted Academic Assistance;
    • Increased Access to Science and Technology Education; and
    • Leadership Development and Community Service

The New York State Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, services and activities. Portion of any publication designed for distribution can be made available in a variety of formats, including Braille, large print or audiotape, upon request. Inquiries regarding this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Department’s Office for Diversity, Ethics, and Access, Room 530, Education Building, Albany, NY 12234.

Stanley S. Hansen Jr, Executive Director

Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success (OPASS)

New York State Education Department
Room 505W, Education Building

Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-3719

(518) 474-7468 FAX
E-mail: kiap@nysed.gov

Last Updated: March 24, 2016