The New River Community College Educational Foundation has issued a reminder to local high school students and their families that the deadline for applying to the Access to Community College Education program is Feb. 1.
ACCE, a public/private economic development partnership that makes college available debt-free to high school and home-schooled graduates by funding NRCC tuition for two years, is available to upcoming high school graduates in NRCC’s service region, which includes Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties and the city of Radford.
All students who wish to participate in ACCE for the fall 2021 semester should complete the ACCE application by the Feb. 1 deadline. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should also be completed by Feb. 1. Students who complete the ACCE application and FAFSA will be notified of their award by email on April 1 and must accept the award by April 10.
Returning ACCE program recipients who plan to enroll in fall 2021 classes must complete an ACCE renewal form and FAFSA by Feb. 1 as well.
ACCE students are also expected to complete at least 40 hours of community service 15 days prior to the start of each semester that they are enrolled in ACCE and complete 80 hours total (note: Giles County students must complete 100 hours of service). It is recommended that students complete all hours during the summer before the start of the fall semester. This avoids the student having school and community service at the same time. Community service meetings will be held in mid-May at each high school to assist students with community service placements. Community service for ACCE must be served at an approved nonprofit location as assigned by the locality’s ACCE community service coordinator.
To participate in the ACCE program at NRCC, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA in high school to qualify; maintain a 2.5 GPA while in the program; complete the FAFSA and complete all FAFSA-generated documents; must qualify for Virginia in-state tuition and reside in Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County or Radford City at least one year prior to the ACCE application date; complete at least 80 hours of community service annually; maintain full-time enrollment of 12 credits; pay tuition and fees for credits over 15 (funds will support up to 15 credits during fall and spring semesters, 12 credits for Radford City students); purchase their own textbooks; enroll in a degree or certificate program that meets federal financial aid requirements; take a College Success Skills course during their first NRCC semester; must not take online courses during the first semester, except College Success Skills; reimburse the program for any ACCE-sponsored course in which the student is unsuccessful; complete both English and math placement tests (unless exempt; see career coach for more information). Students must also be registered for classes by June 1 and meet all ACCE deadlines in order to receive funding.
For more information about the ACCE program, please contact the NRCC Educational Foundation at 674-3618 or visit www.nr.edu/acce.
Submitted by Jill Ross
Submitted by Jill Ross