Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program
To qualify for the scholarship, 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 the program 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 Summer classes that have a start date of July 1 or later – application can be submitted starting April 1 (July 15 for Career Program of Study); deadline September 15
For Fall term classes – application can be submitted starting August 1 (October 15 for Career Program of Study); deadline December 15
For Winter term classes – application can be submitted November 1 (January 15 for Career Program of Study); deadline March 31
For Spring term classes – application can be submitted November 15 (March 15 for Career Program of Study); deadline May 15
For Summer classes that have a start date prior to July 1 – application can be submitted April 1 (May 15 for Career Program of Study); deadline July 1
Terms are based on the college academic calendar.
Apply for the ACE Scholarship
List of colleges participating in the ACE Scholarship program
The Coordinating Commission reserves the right to limit the number of scholarships a student can receive based on available funding.
ACE Scholarship Program Institutional Application Form
For any questions regarding the ACE Scholarship program, please contact Ritchie Morrow via email at Ritchie.Morrow@nebraska.gov or at 402-471-0032.
More than 86 percent of ACE students go on to college, compared to 78 percent of non-low-income students and 51 percent of low-income non-ACE recipients.