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ACCE is an economic development public/private partnership that makes college available debt-free to high school and home-schooled graduates by funding NRCC tuition for two years.
ACCE will support the youth of participating counties by making college within reach.
With the support of ACCE, students will graduate from NRCC prepared to join the workforce or transfer to a four-year university without college debt.
ACCE supports as many students as possible based on student need and funds available for the program.


Students Must:

  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA to qualify and must maintain a 2.5 GPA while in the program.
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and complete all FAFSA generated documents.
  • Qualify for Virginia instate tuition and reside in Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, or Radford City at least one year prior to ACCE application date.
  • Complete at least 80 hours of community service annually.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment of 12 credits.
  • Pay tuition and fees for credits over 15 (Funds will support up to 15 credits during fall and spring  semesters).
  • Purchase their own textbooks.
  • Enroll in a degree or certificate program that meets federal financial aid requirements.
  • Take a College Success Skills course during their first NRCC semester.
  • Not take online courses during the first semester, except College Success Skills.
  • Reimburse the program for any ACCE-sponsored course in which the student is unsuccessful.
  • Complete both English and math placement tests (unless exempt – see Career Coach for more  information).
  • Meet all ACCE deadlines.

Returning ACCE Student Deadlines:

  • Complete the FAFSA by January 15, 2020
    FAFSA®: Apply for Aid >>

    (You will need the same login information as last year.)

  • Complete the ACCE renewal form by January 15, 2020
    2020-2021 ACCE Renewal Form >>


  • Complete your FAFSA “To-Do List” by March 15, 2020
  • Reach out to your Community Service Coordinator to set up your community service project in April.

Failure to meet these deadlines could result in the loss of your ACCE funding.

2020 Deadlines:

Deadlines: Information
October 1, 2019 FAFSA Application Opens - fafsa.gov
ACCE Application Opens - nr.edu/acce
If not a Dual Enrollment Student, Complete the NRCC Application – nr.edu/admissions  (the NRCC application establishes your NRCC email account – check it daily).
TBA – Fall Attend, with guardian, a Financial Aid Workshop at your high school.
TBA – Fall Attend, with guardian, ACCE informational session at your high school.  Will be coordinated through  Career Coach.
January 15, 2020 FAFSA Deadline for ACCE Applicants (reminder – FAFSA information is communicated to students  through their NRCC Email Account – please create a habit of checking NRCC email daily).

ACCE Application Closes.

March 15 FAFSA To-Do List Deadline for ACCE Applicants (All items must be completed and received by NRCC).
Proof of Residency (coordinated by locality).
April 1 ACCE Award Notifications Sent to Student’s NRCC Email Account.
April 10 ACCE Student Acceptance Deadline - Reminder, all communication are through student’s NRCC  Email.
Mid-May Community Service Meetings at each high school -Community Service must be served at a nonprofit approved location as assigned by the locality’s ACCE community service  coordinator. 
June 15 Submit final high school transcripts to NRCC’s Financial Aid Office.

Deadline to complete minimum of 40 hours of community service.

It is HIGHLY recommended students complete 80 hours prior to mid-August; however, 40 is the minimum requirement.  It will be much easier for students to complete 80 hours during the summer versus completing hours while enrolled in courses at NRCC.

*Giles County students are expected to complete 100 hours annually, 50 hours each semester.
Mid-December Deadline to complete second minimum of 40 hours of community service.  *Giles County 50 hours.

ACCE Non-Acceptance Ineligibility Appeal (PDF)



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