Achieving a College Education (ACE)

Interested in the ACE program?

The 2023-24 MCC Achieving a College Education applications will open on October 1st, 2023.

Priority Deadline for the application is December 15, 2023.

Contact ACE

Monica Margaillan

Manager Early College Programs

Darlene Kimbrell

Student Service Specialist


Southern & Dobson

Office Location: GC 54B
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Read the FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for ACE

What is the Achieving a College Education Program?

ACE is a nationally recognized Maricopa Colleges scholarship program that allows qualified students to take college credit courses while still enrolled in high school.

What Does ACE Do?


  • Must be a current sophomore and will be a Junior at the program start
  • Must meet two or more of the following criteria:
    • First-generation college student (meaning your parents have not earned a Bachelor’s Degree)
    • Single-Parent Household
    • Works Part-time (10-30 hours per week) to support the family
    • Member of a traditionally underrepresented population in higher education
    • Other environmental risk factors will be considered on a case-by-case basis. (Example: foster care, teen parent, lives in temporary housing, etc.)

***Even if you think you might not fit all the requirements, we still encourage you to apply and let us decide.

Application Tools

  • View the Step-by-step guide to learn how to complete the application

  • When applying, be sure to use your personal email address
  • Be sure to have two individuals who will provide a recommendation for you. (Recommenders should be individuals outside your family, such as a teacher, counselor, church leader, coach, employer, etc.)
  • Have an unofficial copy of your most recent high school transcript ready

Application Timeline

  • The ACE application will be open on October 1st, 2023

  • The priority deadline is December 15, 2023

Our Goals

  • Help underrepresented high school students facilitate the transition from high school to community colleges and on to more prominent universities.
  • Reduce high school dropout rates.
  • Assist students with completing their educational goals
  • Help set a good foundation for their future