The spring semester at NRCC begins Feb. 1
DUBLIN – The New River Community College Educational Foundation is reminding all local high school students and their families about the Access to Community College Education (ACCE) program’s upcoming February 1 deadline.
ACCE is a public/private partnership providing two years of free tuition at NRCC to high school and home-schooled graduates and is available to upcoming high school graduates in NRCC’s service region, which includes Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties and the City of Radford.
ACCE students are also expected to complete at least 40 hours of community service 15 days prior to the start of each semester they are enrolled in ACCE and complete 80 hours total; Giles County students must complete 100 hours of service).
“It is recommended that students complete all hours during the summer before the start of the fall semester,” according to NRCC. “This avoids the student having school and community service at the same time.”
Community service meetings are held in mid-May at each high school to assist students with community service placement locations. Community service for ACCE must be served at an approved nonprofit location as assigned by the locality’s ACCE community service coordinator.
To participate in the ACCE program at NRCC, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA in high school to qualify; maintain a 2.5 GPA while in the program; complete the FAFSA and complete all FAFSA generated documents; must 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 the 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, 12 credits for Radford City students); 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; must 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). Students must also be registered for classes by June 1 and meet all ACCE deadlines in order to receive funding.
All students who wish to participate in ACCE for the Fall 2021 semester should complete the ACCE application by the February 1 deadline. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should also be completed by February 1. Students who complete the application and FAFSA will be notified of their award by email on April 1 and must accept the award by April 10.
The FAFSA application can be completed at www.fafsa.gov, and the ACCE application can be completed online at www.nr.edu/acce. Returning ACCE program recipients who plan to enroll in Fall 2021 classes must complete an ACCE renewal form and FAFSA by February 1 as well. For more information about the ACCE program, please contact the NRCC Educational Foundation at (540)674-3618 or visit www.nr.edu/acce.
The spring semester also begins Feb.1 at NRCC. Registration is now open and offers more than 500 classes. Class options include art, automotive, creative writing, early childhood development, history, human services, medical coding, paralegal administrative support, personal finance, and police and forensic science. The semester will be offered online with the exception of some career/technical and workforce development programs that require hands-on or clinical experiences.
Re-Employing Virginians funding is available for individuals who lost a job due to COVID-19.
Recipients of REV funds must be pursuing classes in a high-demand area such as early childhood education, health care, information technology, manufacturing, public safety or skilled trades.
The spring class schedule is available at www.nr.edu/schedule/. Current NRCC students may register for classes online by visiting their student accounts. Prospective NRCC students may visit www.nr.edu/register for enrollment information. NRCC staff members are available online at www.nr.edu and by telephone at 540-674-3600 to assist with registration or other matters.