High School ACE Program


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High School ACE Program

High School ACE is Rio Salado College's scholarship program that assists under-represented high school students with getting a head start on college. ACE stands for Achieving a College Education. Youth ACE participants are recruited in their sophomore year of high school. Students take online college courses while in their junior and senior years, allowing them to earn up to 24 college credits.

While simultaneously attending Rio Salado College and high school, students in the program become a member of a cohort, giving them an opportunity to socialize with their peers, be a part of an eLearning community and attend workshops that are only open to ACE participants. 

Program Advantages

  • Gain up to 24 college credits
  • Get a head start on college
  • Gain exposure to college classes through online learning
  • Save money on tuition 
  • Personalized attention 
  • Ability to transfer college credits to a university
  • Achieve educational goals in a shorter time
  • Tuition is funded by the program

Who can Participate

To be eligible for the High School ACE program, students must be high school sophomores who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First generation to attend college
  • Living in single parent home, foster care or temporary housing
  • Economic hardship
  • Underrepresented group 
  • Legacy-sibling or relative of an ACE participant 
  • Works 10-30 hours per week
  • Teen parent
  • Voluntarily discloses physical/mental disabilities

How to Apply

  1. Apply online:
    1. New Students
    2. Students who have a SID and MEID - Students must use their MEID and Password
  2. Apply with paper application (hardcopy). Fill in the application, provide the recommendation form from two people who are unrelated to you who know your school progress (i.e., teacher or counselor).

PDF Forms

Print, scan and upload to this link:  ace.puente@riosalado.edu


Print, fill out application and mail to:

Rio Salado College

ATTN: Dual Enrollment - ACE application

2323 W. 14th St.

Tempe, AZ 85281