ACCE Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q: Can my parent or guardian discuss my ACCE status with NRCC faculty or staff?
A: Due to FERPA laws, students must sign the Student Information Release form in order for NRCC faculty or staff to
speak with a parent or guardian regarding a student.
- Q: When should I start/finish my community service project?
A: Community service projects will begin upon high school graduation and acceptance into the ACCE program.
- Students will be expected to complete at least 40 hours of community service 15 days prior to the start of each semester they are enrolled in ACCE. It is recommended that students complete all 80 hours during the summer before the start of the fall semester.
This avoids the student having school and community service at the same time.
- Q: Where can I complete my community service project?
A: Community Service projects are managed and assigned by individual localities. All community service questions should be directed to the following:
- Floyd County- Cynthia Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Giles County- Charlie Mullins, email@example.com
- Montgomery County- Anthony Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Radford City- Jamie Little, email@example.com
- Q: Can I use Federal Financial Aid awards to cover the cost of textbooks and additional credits; and use ACCE funding to cover the cost of tuition?
A: No. All Federal Financial Aid money is first applied toward tuition. ACCE money will close any funding gaps for tuition up to 15 credits. Any expenses beyond 15 credits, including textbooks, are the responsibility of the student.
- Q: Will I qualify for the NRCC Educational Foundation Scholarship as an ACCE student?
A: No. Students can apply for the Foundation Scholarship and ACCE but will not be accepted for both opportunities. Students will be advised of which opportunity will best financially benefit them.
- Q: Can I use outside scholarships to pay for textbooks and additional credits?
A: Yes. Students can apply for and earn outside scholarships that can be used for any expenses beyond 15 credits of tuition. High school counselors and Career Coaches should have a list of available scholarship opportunities.
- Q: Can I communicate with NRCC faculty and staff using my personal email?
A: As a high school student applying for the ACCE program we can communicate with students through personal email accounts provided in the ACCE application. However, after June 1 (upon high school graduation) we can only contact you using your NRCC email account. If you have problems logging into your NRCC email account, please contact our Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-674-3600, ext. 4400.
*This policy change is effective November 6, 2019 due to VCCS email changes.*
- Q: What happens if I miss a deadline?
A: No documentation will be accepted after a deadline. If a student misses a deadline, it will result in the loss of the ACCE opportunity.
- Q: Can I take a year off from school, then return to participate in the ACCE program?
A: No. All students must begin the program directly out of high school or finishing a homeschool curriculum.
- Q: Who do I contact with questions about my FAFSA?
A: You may contact the NRCC Financial Aid Office at 540-674-3600, ext. 4279 between the hours of 8 and 5, Monday through Friday.
- Q: Who do I contact with questions about class schedule changes?
A: You may contact the Advising Office at 540-674-3609 between the hours of 8 and 5, Monday through Friday. You may also contact your NRCC Connection Specialist.
- Q: Can Home School students participate in the ACCE program?
A: Yes. Home School students may participate, but must begin the program with their graduating class and be able to submit a valid transcript with a 2.5 gpa.
- Q: May I participate in the ACCE program if I pay tuition to attend a school district that participates in the ACCE program, but I live in a district that does not participate in the program? Example: I attend Giles High School, but I reside in Pulaski County.
A: No. ACCE eligibility is based on residency in a participating locality. Therefore, it does not matter where you go to school, it only matters where you reside. However, if you live in locality that DOES participate in the ACCE program, but attend a school outside of that district; you will still be eligible for ACCE, but you will need to apply for the ACCE program in the county in which you reside, not where your high school is located.
- Q: Can I attend another school my first year of college then transfer to NRCC and participate in the ACCE program for my second year of college?
A:No. All students must begin the program directly out of high school or finishing a homeschool curriculum.
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