DC Advantage Scholarship Information
Scholarships are available to students who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, even if they did not take advantage of the program or who may have financial need. You may obtain scholarship applications for ACE or Learn to Dream from your high school counselor or visit the websites for more information and/or to complete the application. It is to the student’s advantage to utilize the ACE Scholarship prior to accessing Learn to Dream. If you do not qualify for either Scholarship, payment plans may be arranged through Nelnet and SCC.
The Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program Act pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses from Nebraska’s colleges or universities, either through dual-enrollment. High school students may apply for funding under this program by completing the ACE Student Application in the NECM Portal: https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/ACE OR visit your high school counselor to assist you with the online application. If you are awarded the ACE scholarship in high school, you automatically qualify for ACE Plus in college, if you maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend a state school.
There are two basic criteria for high school students to qualify for the ACE Scholarship. Students must either be eligible to receive assistance under a variety of federal government programs or the student and his or her family must have experienced a recent hardship.
For questions regarding the ACE Scholarship program, please contact Ritchie Morrow, financial aid coordinator with the CCPE, via email at Ritchie.Morrow@nebraska.govor at (402) 471-0032.
Learn to Dream Scholarship
The Learn to Dream Scholarship was established to create an opportunity for every graduating Lincoln public or private high school student to further their education by attending Southeast Community College. Through this program, students will be able to earn 45 credit hours (one year of classes) without having to pay for tuition and fees.
Eligible students in 11th or 12th grade, who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch are eligible for this scholarship and may enroll in dual credit courses that provide credit at both the high school and SCC. The program will pay the tuition and fees, and these shall count toward the 45 credit hours available to each student. You may obtain a scholarship application from your high school counselor.