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Access College Early Scholarship Program

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 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.

To qualify for the scholarship, the student or studentís 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 is 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.

    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 or at 402-471-0032.