Myths vs. Facts
MYTH: ACE will not pay for my student to go to West Texas A&M University.
FACT: ACE funding is limited to approximately $837 in tuition plus cost of fees and books per semester for the 2011 school year (figure adjusted annually). After successful completion of 45 credit hours, ACE funding increases to the actual cost of tuition at the institution of your choice (either AC or WT). Dual credit hours apply toward completion of the initial 45 hours. Because of the limited funding for the first 45 credit hours, students may need to take out a loan to cover the difference. For this reason, ACE highly encourages all students to apply for multiple outside scholarships. Reminder: ACE is the last money in so all other grants and outside scholarships are applied first.
MYTH: My child has lost ACE because he did not complete the Amarillo Area Foundation Scholarship application that is required.
FACT: All ACE students are asked to complete outside scholarships. The Amarillo Area Foundation Scholarship’s deadline is February 12th for all of its other scholarships, but all ACE students have a deadline of June 1st to complete the ACE Scholarship application. ACE will work one on one with each student to complete the ACE Scholarship application. If a student still fails to complete the application, ACE will award a student depending on the different circumstances.
MYTH: My child went to Austin Middle School and will now be able to be a part of ACE at Tascosa.
FACT: Only students that have completed 5th grade at San Jacinto, Margret Wills or Bivins Elementary are eligible to receive the ACE Scholarship. The first group eligible is the 2009 5th grade class from the aforementioned elementary schools. Therefore, the first eligible class of 5th graders will begin as 9th graders in 2013. Middle school enrollment has no impact on eligibility.
MYTH: My student has had medical issues and has missed several days, but we do have notes from the doctor, so these absences will not affect her ACE eligibility.
FACT: ACE requires 95% attendance to graduate ACE eligible. The absences that are not counted against a student are those that were for school activities. These include sports and extracurricular activities. Doctor’s notes are need for the schools, but for ACE purposes it is still counted as an absence. If a student is on homebound those absences will not count.
MYTH: My child is currently a part of the Magnet program. He started off at Carver Academy and is currently going to Houston Middle School. Once he gets to 9th grade at Tascosa he will be eligible to be a part of ACE.
FACT: The Magnet program and ACE program are completely separate. Again the student would have to go to one of the designated elementary schools prior to enrollment at Tascosa.
A student will always be eligible for ACE at Caprock High School and Palo Duro High School as long as they enroll and sign a pledge by September 30th their freshman year regardless of elementary school attendance. They have to continue to sign their pledge each year. They also have to remain continuously enrolled at the high school of initial enrollment, graduate within 4 years, maintain the 80 GPA, 95% attendance and follow all school codes.
MYTH: My student has not benefited from the ACE Scholarship Program because ACE has not paid any money toward her college bill.
FACT: ACE is dedicated to helping students to pursue a post secondary education. ACE helps students with admissions applications, financial aid, scholarships and any additional paperwork that colleges and universities require. ACE will help students that plan on attending a school other than Amarillo College and West Texas A & M University, but no funding is available for institutions other than Amarillo College and West Texas A & M University. We provide resources to the students that they would not have otherwise, so even though they are not receiving any funds they are receiving our services.
MYTH: My son has received many scholarships and financial aid for his freshman year. Since he has plenty of financial aid this year he will not need ACE to complete his degree.
FACT: ACE is a safety net for students to use if they do not have enough financial aid to pay for their college tuition and fees. Freshman college students usually get more financial aid their first year. As a student gets closer to graduating their financial aid packages get smaller. It is always a good idea to meet the requirements each semester, so that if the need arises ACE can pick up an outstanding balance.