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Overview

Access to Community College Education (ACCE) is a public/private partnership that makes college available tuition-free to high school graduates from participating localities in the New River Valley by covering the cost of tuition for two years at New River Community College. The locality designates a dollar amount that is matched by donations from local industries and private sponsors. ACCE supports as many students as possible based on student need and funds available for the program. The goal of the ACCE program is for students to graduate from NRCC prepared to join the workforce or transfer to a four-year university without college debt.



ACCE Facts

  • High School/Private School/Home School students who graduate with a 2.5 GPA qualify.
  • Students must first apply for financial aid (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to participate.
  • The program supports as many eligible students as possible based on financial need and funds available.
  • Students will be required to attend an ACCE informational session.
  • Student must maintain full-time enrollment of 12 credits in fall/spring semesters.
  • Funds will not support more than 15 credits in fall/spring semesters.
  • Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA at NRCC.
  • Students must pay for 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 semester enrolled at NRCC.
  • Students may not take online courses during the first semester, except “College Success Skills.”
  • It is strongly recommended that students do not work the first semester to ensure greater academic success.
  • Students are required to participate in 40 hours of Pulaski County community service each semester.



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