Frequently Asked Questions

Achieving a College Education (ACE) is a scholarship program to help high school students earn college credit. Successful ACE students earn 24-college credits, learn skills, and develop opportunities for growth.

Any high school sophomore who attends a Maricopa county high school may apply. The application period varies but opens in November each year. Because of the 2-year duration of the program, only sophomores may apply. Selection is competitive.

1. Submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  • ACE program application
  • College admissions application
  • Two (2) completed recommendation forms
  • Personal essay
  • Education and record release form
  • Statement of commitment form
  • Unofficial high school transcripts
  • Proof of age (under 18) – Provide a government-issued photo ID online or in person at Admissions and Records
  • Proof of residency – Provide documentation verifying your citizenship and residency status online or in person at Admissions and Records

2. Your completed application will be evaluated based on the selection criteria.

3. You will be notified on the status of your application by March of your sophomore year.

4. If you are accepted into the ACE program, you will receive the ACE Program scholarship. Accepted students must attend the ACE Family (Student/Parent) Orientation and students must attend the New Student Orientation and Summer Kick-Off event.

All students will be notified in March each year.

Each semester, an instructor posts grades up online. To view your grades, you simply use the MY.MARICOPA.EDU website and log in with your MEID and password.

Don't hesitate to contact the EMCC ACE Office to answer your concerns.

It is very important that your current address and telephone number is always on file.  You MUST fill out a Change of Address form with the ACE office as soon as a change occurs with any of your personal information.

Yes, the policy is outlined below: The EMCC ACE Program allows a maximum of two (2) absences per student with a valid excuse. If absent, it is the student's responsibility to contact the ACE office and the instructor. If student exceeds the two (2) excused absences he/she will be put in Attendance Probation. Further consequences include losing the ACE Scholarship. Remember, accepting the ACE scholarship means accepting college student responsibilities. A big part of that is attending class.

All college courses are measured by credit hours. This represents the number of hours per week a student is in class. Most courses you will be taking are three credit hours, meaning you will be in class approximately three hours per week.

Tuition and fees are free for ACE program students. Students must purchase required textbooks and provide their own transportation to and from the campus.

If you are selected to participate in the ACE program, you will attend college classes year-round. Students take two classes during the summer and Saturday classes during the Fall and Spring semester. Students must start the program the first summer upon acceptance. Students can earn a total of 24 credits. Your ACE scholarship ends upon your graduation from high school.

Once you have been accepted into the program, you will take an assessment test to determine your readiness for college-level English and Reading courses. Your ACE Program advisor (similar to an Academic Counselor) will help you choose your classes.