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ACCE - Access to Community College Education

ACCE is an economic development public/private partnership that makes college available debt-free to high school and home-schooled graduates by funding NRCC tuition for two years.

ACCE will support the youth of participating counties by making college within reach.  With the support of ACCE, students will graduate from NRCC prepared to join the workforce or transfer to a four-year university without college debt.    

ACCE supports as many students as possible based on student need and funds available for the program. 

A few details:

  • Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA to qualify and must maintain a 2.5 GPA while in the program.
  • Students must first complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to participate.
  • Students are required to participate in 80 hours of community service annually.
  • Student must maintain full-time enrollment of 12 credits.
  • Funds will support up to 15 credits during fall and spring semesters.
  • Students must reimburse the program for any ACCE-sponsored course in which the student is unsuccessful. 
  • Students must purchase their own textbooks.
  • Students must enroll in a degree or certificate program that meets federal financial aid requirements.
  • Students must take a College Success Skills course during their first NRCC semester.
  • Students may not take online courses during the first semester, except College Success Skills.
  • It is strongly recommended that students do not work during their first semester to ensure greater academic success.