Access College Early Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $1,000
Awards Available: 4
Award Deadline: Jul 15, 2024

Authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007, the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses from Nebraska colleges or universities, either through dual-enrollment or early enrollment agreements with these institutions. High school students may apply for funding under this program by completing the ACE Student Application, which is reviewed by the Coordinating Commission for award consideration.

To qualify for the scholarship the student must be enrolled in an eligible course being taken for a grade (courses taken as audit or as CR/NC are not eligible), and the student or student’s family must be approved to participate in one of the federal need-based government programs listed below, have experienced an extreme hardship that affects family income, or be participating in a designated Career Education program as established by the Nebraska Department of Education.

  • Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Special Supplemental Assistance Program (WIC)

The student must provide documentation verifying approval to participate in theprogram or of the hardship.

Students that do not have legal status in the United States, including those that have been granted DACA status, are not eligible to apply for the ACE Scholarship based on state law.

Please note the following application and deadline dates for the ACE Scholarship:

  • For Fall term classes - applications can be submitted starting August 1 (October 15 for Career Program of Study courses); deadline December 15
  • For Winter term classes - applications can be submitted starting November 1 (January 15 for Career Program of Study courses); deadline February 15
  • For Spring term classes - applications can be submitted starting November 15 (March 15 for Career Program of Study courses); deadline May 15
  • For Summer term classes - application can be submitted April 1 (May 15 for Career Program of Study courses); deadline July 15
How to Apply:

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