How can families who split tuition apply for ACE?

In the case of divorced/separated parents, the domiciliary parent should apply for ACE. If the parents jointly split custody, the one who carries the student on their tax-return should apply. If awarded an ACE Scholarship, that parent will remain the ACE parent applicant going forward, even if the other parent lists the student as a dependent on tax return in later years. This is because FACTS recognizes returning ACE awarded students based on the account used to apply for ACE. The originally awarded account should be used to reapply every year so that the student is marked as returning and receives priority in the awarding process.  This is the case even if the parents split tuition. The award will be sent directly to the school in full following enrollment verification, and then the school can split the tuition accordingly. 

 

Since ACE Scholarships are awarded to the student, not to the parent, each student can only receive one ACE Scholarship, even if their parents both apply and qualify.

When to apply?

The ACE Scholarship application for the 2024-2025 school year was open from Monday, February 5th through Monday, April 15th at 11:59 p.m. Please look for the 2025-2026 application to open in early February 2025 and apply at that time.

What do you need to complete your application?

Your application is complete after the following steps have been taken: 

  • All application questions have been answered. 
  • The application fee has been paid.
  • All necessary tax/financial documents have been uploaded. This includes a copy of your last year's tax return and if applicable, any additional income documents including child support, SNAP, alimony, TANF, Social Security, welfare, tuition support from friends/family/employers, workers' compensation, housing allowance, tax-exempt interest, and other nontaxable income. 
  • If you have already completed a school application in FACTS for the 2024-25 term, another fee to process your application will not be required. If not, a $35 processing fee paid to FACTS for the application needs to be completed as the final step in submitting the application. 

The application must be completed in its entirety and submitted by 11:59 PM on April 15th. 

 

Please note: if you have any questions or need assistance on the application, reach out before the deadline. We are unable to reopen the application after it closes. You can contact ACE Scholarships at: support@acescholarships.org.

 

Am I too late to apply?

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year at this time. The deadline to complete the application for ACE Scholarships was 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2024. You are more than welcome to try and reapply once applications open in 2025 for the 2025-2026 school year.

Is it too late to upload documents/ edit my existing application? 

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year at this time. The deadline to complete the application for ACE Scholarships was 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2024.

 

Important note: ACE’s first round of awards will go to applications that are fully complete and qualified as of the April 15thdeadline based off either a tax-return or federal financial assistance. Should there be funds remaining, ACE will review applications that have since been verified to include the 2023tax return on a rolling basis,as funds allow. As scholarships are dependent on funding available and number of applications received, there is a likelihood that all awards may be expended during the first round of awards, and that we may be unable to award applications that were verified with a tax-return after the April 15thdeadline.

Can I apply even if I got a tax extension for my 2023 taxes?

Yes, new applicants can apply for the 2024-2025 school year, even if you filed tax extension in 2023, however your child cannot be awarded until we receive the completed 2023 tax return. Below are the steps for applying when filing for a tax extension. 

1. Your application must be submitted by the deadline (April 15th, 2024, at 11:59pm) and include an uploaded copy of your 2023 tax extension letter from the IRS.  

2.       Once your 2023 tax return is completed, upload pages 1-2 of the 1040 to the application on any date after April 15th. 

3.       Important note: ACE’s first round of awards will go to applications that are fully complete and qualified as of the April 15th deadline based off either a tax-return or federal financial assistance.  Should there be funds remaining, ACE will review applications that have since been verified to include the 2023 tax return on a rolling basis, as funds allow. As scholarships are dependent on funding available and number of applications received, there is a likelihood that all awards may be expended during the first round of awards, and that we may be unable to award applications that were verified with a tax-return after the April 15th deadline.

Top Tips for Applying for an ACE Scholarship

 

You've decided to take control of your student's education and want to apply for an ACE Scholarship! Here are some tips to help you ensure that your application has the best chance possible of receiving an ACE Scholarship:

  • Make sure that your contact information on your FACTS account is accurate and stays updated!
  • Double check that FACTS is listed as a "Safe Sender" in your email. Otherwise important communications about your application may end up in your junk folder!
  • When you upload any tax, SNAP, Social Security, TANF, etc. documents to your application, make sure that they are not blurry.

-If the documents are to blurry or hard to read on a computer, it will delay the process, potentially even making you ineligible for a scholarship!

-The document being uploaded must include the applicant's name, the amount received, and the frequency in which it's being received (i.e. Monthly or Annually). If the document doesn’t include this info it will be rejected and will slow down the completion process of the application.

  • Get the application done early! If you run into any issues while applying, our staff can help before the deadline (April 15th) but there is nothing we can do after the application has closed.
  • Review your application before you submit it. Sometimes small mistakes that you make on your application (such as listing the wrong grade level or school for your student) can mistakenly make your student ineligible for a scholarship.
  • If you are a returning applicant, you must use the same username and password from the prior year in order for your child to be recognized as a returning student and carry forward applicant, co-applicant, and student data.
  • If you have questions as you apply, don't hesitate to contact us! We are happy to help you.

For any questions on the process, please contact (856) 746-6521 or support@acescholarships.org. You will be routed to either ACE or FACTS depending on the nature of your question.

To apply, visit https://www.acescholarships.org/become-a-scholar/