ACE Access College Early Scholarship

Authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007, the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program Act (LB 192) 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 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 Postsecondary Education (CCPE) for award consideration.

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.

To apply for the ACE Scholarship click here.

For a list of colleges participating in the ACE Scholarship program click here.

For colleges wishing to participate in the ACE Scholarship Program with Nebraska high schools, please go to the ACE Scholarship Program Institutional Application Form below.

  • Fillable PDF for 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.

Opportunity Knocks: I’m First

For students who don’t have a family history of higher education, college is your opportunity to change your life!

I’m First‘s Opportunity Knocks newsletter features campus programs and opportunities for first-generation college students. This special edition highlights Open House, Fly-in and Visit opportunities at 16 of our College Partners.

Visit I’m First to join our community and discover your college opportunity!


Barnard College
New York, NY
Barnard Bound, October 12; October 14
Apply by September 11

Barnard Bound is a fall pre-open house program designed for students who self-identify as students of color and/or students who could not otherwise afford to visit Barnard. One-half of the student participants last year were from the New York City metro area, and travel scholarships are made available for students from around the country. Barnard College is 100% need-blind admissions and 100% need-based financial aid. It is our goal to help participants learn as much as they can about our vibrant community and realize that a Barnard education is both affordable and attainable. Read more

Bethany Lutheran College
Mankato, MN
Getaway Weekends, October 24-27, 2013; February 6-8, 2014
Bethany Lutheran College invites juniors and seniors to join us for a free weekend filled with fun and excitement. Learn about the Bethany experience by attending a few classes, visiting with faculty, touring the campus, enjoying a variety of on/off campus events, as well as checking out the Mankato area. Best of all, Bethany will cover the entire cost of food, lodging, and events while on campus. (Transportation from selected areas is available). Read more

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
Students Exploring & Embracing Diversity (SEED), November 16
Apply by October 15

SEED is an opportunity for potential students to connect with current students, the Brandeis Intercultural Center and ethnic identity groups on campus. All meals are provided, and full and partial travel scholarships are available to cover students’ transportation costs to and from Brandeis. Space is limited, students interested in will be notified on a rolling basis about whether or not a space and scholarship is available to them. Read more

Colby College
Waterville, ME
Experience Colby, September 29October 1; November 3-5
Apply By September 27

Colby values diversity of all kinds and seeks to enroll students who also value diversity. Our FREE overnight campus visit program, Experience Colby, makes it possible for interested high school seniors to come for a visit regardless of financial circumstances. During Experience Colby students get to stay overnight in our residence halls, attend classes and meet professors, tour campus, chat with current students, and try our delicious food. Experience Colby is scheduled for Nov. 3-5, and all students must complete the application by Sept. 27 in order to be considered. Read more

Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO
Multicultural Open House, September 14-16; November 2-4; November 9-11
Apply By August 26; October 14

Colorado College’s Mulitcultural Open House offers students of color, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and those who are from low income households, the opportunity to learn more about our campus community. Since 80% of our students are from out-of-state, we understand it can be challenging to visit Colorado College. If accepted, CC will provide a grant to cover travel costs for you and a parent to attend. Deadline to Apply for September is August 26th. Read more

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
Native American Community, October 13-16
Apply by September 9

The Native American Fly-In Program is an opportunity for some of the most promising and talented students in the country, who have a particular interest in the Native community and/or Native American Studies, to experience Dartmouth. Participants are selected on the basis of academic achievement and scholarship, personal character and accomplishment, potential for future excellence and leadership. Read more

Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, PA
Autumn Preview, September 28; November 9
You will have a chance to hear from faculty and students, experience a campus tour and learn about F&M’s unique residential life. The day begins with an opportunity to converse with members of academic departments as well as representatives from other facets of campus life. Beginning at 8:00 am, many of our faculty and professional staff are available to answer specific questions and engage in a conversation directly related to your interests. Read more

Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA
Grinnell Diversity Preview Program (GDPP), October 6-8
Apply by September 6

Before students apply to Grinnell, the college offers a fall fly-in opportunity through the Grinnell Diversity Preview Program. Through GDPP, selected students of color and/or first-generation college students are provided a fully-funded opportunity to experience life as “Grinnellians.” Grinnell also invites select students of color and first-generation college students to fly-in, free of charge, to our April Admitted Student Programs. Read more

Lafayette College
Easton, PA
Our Beloved Community, November 16
Apply By October 15

Lafayette College invites you to apply for the 2nd Annual Our Beloved Community (OBC) Symposium on Saturday, November 16th, 2013. Our Beloved Community is named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a society that embraces each of its members, not merely putting aside but rather understanding and celebrating their differences. This “mini-conference” will engage both prospective & current Lafayette students in powerful, enlightening, and, at times, challenging discussions on all forms of diversity and citizenship. We seek a limited number of students nationwide to join us in this celebratory. Read more

Manhattan College
New York, NY
Open House and Information Sessions, September-December
Get to know Manhattan College at Open House where students and their families will have the opportunity to hear from the College president, speak to faculty members and take a campus tour. Open House begins promptly at noon on Sunday, Oct. 27. Weekend Information Sessions: Saturdays on September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 19, November 2, 9, 16, 23, and December 7 at 11 am. Columbus Day Information Session: Monday, October 14 at 10 am, 12 pm, or 2 pm. Veterans Day Information Session: Monday, November 11 at 10 am, 12 pm, or 2 pm; Regular campus tours are offered MondayFriday from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. Read more

Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA
Multicultural Visit Program, October 20-22
The Multicultural Visit Program (MVP) is a two-day visit to campus for high school seniors from underrepresented backgrounds. MVP is designed for underrepresented students to meet other prospective applicants and current Oxy students and professors while gaining an understanding of Oxy’s campus and its relationship to Los Angeles. Students stay overnight in a residence hall, participate in classes, interact with current students and professors, attend information sessions on admission and financial aid and interview with an admission office. Read more

Pomona College
Claremont, CA
Fall Weekend Fly-in, October 11-14; November 8-11
Apply By September 12; October 2

The Pomona College Office of Admissions will be hosting two Fall Weekend Fly-In programs for students from historically underrepresented cultural groups, low-income and first generation college students. Prospective students will have the opportunity to experience life in a residence hall, eat in our dining halls, attend classes, and talk with current students and faculty. Read more

Smith College
Northampton, MA
Women of Distinction, November 8-10
The Women of Distinction program for high school seniors highlights the opportunities at Smith for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in the three-day program live in campus houses, experience academic life and attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process. There is a required application, and students are chosen on the basis of academic and personal qualities. All expenses are covered by Smith. Read more

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA
Fall Visitation, September 28-30
Swarthmore College invites applications to its all-expense-paid fall visit program, taking place September 28-30. Swarthmore is a small, selective liberal arts college just outside of Philadelphia. It is one of the few colleges still offering no-loan financial aid packages, and ranks in the top 4 US colleges/universities whose students go on to earn Ph.D.s. Application Deadline: August 22. Read more

Texas State University
San Marcos, TX
Bobcat Days, October 12; November 16; February 15, 2014; April 5, 2014
Texas State holds Bobcat Days four times a year to bring prospective students to campus and allow them to visit and explore the academic and cultural environment of Texas State University. During the tour students can speak with faculty and staff about majors and coursework, speak with students from a student panel about campus life, take a campus tour and dine at the university’s student food court. Representatives from Multicultural Student Affairs also are available to visit with first-generation students. Read more

Tufts University
Medford, MA
Voices of Tufts, October 24-25
Apply by October 15

Through the Voices of Tufts program, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites traditionally underrepresented students to visit the Tufts campus for a two-day, fly-in program each fall that provides a multicultural perspective on attending the university. Bus transportation is provided from New York City, and students traveling from elsewhere can apply for a travel grant. Read more