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Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE)

Are you interested in college and ready to commit to completing a degree, certificate, or a workforce training?

Rio Salado now offers an opportunity to make a smooth transition to higher education through Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE) - a scholarship based college to career preparation program to students enrolled in the our High School Equivalency (HSE, formerly known as GED) and high level English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA, formerly known as ESL) Adult ACE helps students bring their academic skills in Math, Reading and English up to college level while completing their HSE or ELAA class.


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To qualify for this scholarship program, you must:

  • be 16 or older and attend HSE or high level ELAA classes at Rio Salado or have your GED
  • attend an information session
  • complete the application packet in its entirety and submit it to your advisor by the due date

Adult ACE students attend their college classes at a location of their choice and complete the following course sequence as a cohort.

Semester One Semester One Semester Two Semester Two Semester Three Semester Three Semester Four Semester Four
3 credits
Counseling & Personal Development
8 weeks
3 credits
Successful College Reading
8 weeks
3+1 credits
Fundamentals of Writing/ Tutoring
10 weeks
3 credits
First Year Composition
12 weeks
3 credits
First Year Composition
12 weeks
3 credits
World Religions
8 weeks
4 credits
Math Tutoring Arithmetic
10 weeks
Completion Ceremony
Bonus Online
Class for Students
with a 3.0 GPA

MAT092, CRE101, SOC101, COM110/100 or a class from the Student’s Academic Plan

Program Advantages

  • Convenient locations around the Valley
  • Scholarships that cover tuition, fees and (in most cases) books
  • Students can earn up to 25 college credits in 20 months
  • Potentially accelerates the process of obtaining GED
  • Prepares students to be successful in a college environment
  • Weekday morning or evening classes twice a week

Adult ACE Services

  • Personalized academic advisement and support
  • Career and personal counseling
  • Assistance with financial aid, registration, and other college services
  • Students who complete Adult ACE with a GPA of 3.5, qualify for the Distinguished Transitions scholarship. Read more here.
Adult ACE Handbook

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