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How to Apply A Step-by-Step Guide on Applying for an ACE Scholarship

For information on applying for ACE Scholarships for the 2024-2025 school year, please click here for a video on completing the application process with the new single application and click here for written step by step information on how to apply. 

When to apply?

The ACE Scholarships application will open for the 2024- 2025 school year on 1st Monday in February, February 5th, 2024. All applicants must apply online through FACTS. The application will be open through the end of the day on Tax Day (April 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM in the time zone in which the school you are applying to resides). Please reach out to us with any questions regarding your application! We are happy to help you as you apply for an ACE Scholarship and have much more ability to help applicants during the open application window rather than after the application closes.  

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.

 

What Documents Do I Need To Upload To Complete The Application?

*Applicants with returning awarded students do not need to provide these documents except for LA and those awarded tax-credit scholarships in AR.

Document Type Acceptable Documents
Proof of Income

2023 Federal Income Tax Return documents with the parent/legal guardian’s information  

                  2023 Form 1040 (pages 1-2)
Proof of Non-Taxable Income (if Applicable) 

2023 Social Security/Disability Income for parent/legal guardian & for all family members receiving benefits in the home (These documents must contain name that matches a name on the application, amount received & frequency)

  • 2023 Form SSA-1099 Social Security Benefit Statement(s)
  • A letter from the Social Security Administration with the monthly social security benefits amount

2023 Child Support Income (It must contain the child and parent/legal guardian’s name)

  • Court ordered legal documents
  • A letter from the provider of your child support income for 2023
  • A screenshot or print out of frequency & dates noted for the 2023 child support income of    the online Customer Portal
  • Notarized letter with 2023 monthly child support income

 2024 SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Income 

  • A screenshot or print out of the 2024 SNAP benefits income located under the case details of the online Customer Portal
  • Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) letter with the 2024 monthly SNAP benefits income that includes the parent and child name

2024 TANF (Temporary assistance for needy families)

  • Notice of benefit for 2024 from the appropriate agency

Housing Allowance (Military, Religious, Parsonage, etc.)

  • Benefit statement, enrollment, or payment letter from specific agency 

2023 Worker’s Compensation

  • A worker’s compensation award letter

What Documents Do I Need To Upload As An Applicant To Complete The Application For ACE Louisiana?

Document Types  Acceptable Documents
Proof of Income

2023 Federal Income Tax Return documents with the parent/legal guardian’s information

  • 2023 Form 1040 (pages 1-2)
   

Proof of Nontaxable Income (if Applicable)

2023 Social Security/Disability Income for parent/legal guardian & for all family members receiving benefits in the home (These documents must contain name that matches a name on the application, amount received & frequency)

  • 2023 Form SSA-1099 Social Security Benefit Statement(s)
  • A letter from the Social Security Administration with the monthly social security benefits amount

 

2023 Child Support Income (It must contain the child and parent/legal guardian’s name)

  • Court ordered legal documents
  • A letter from the provider of your child support income for 2023
  • A screenshot or print out of frequency & dates noted for the 2023 child support income of the online Customer Portal
  • Notarized letter with 2023 monthly child support income

2024 SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Income

  • A screenshot or print out of the 2024 SNAP benefits income located under the case details of the online Customer Portal
  • Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) letter with the 2024 monthly SNAP benefits income that includes the parent and child name

2024 TANF (Temporary assistance for needy families)

  • Notice of benefit for 2024 from the appropriate agency

Housing Allowance (Military, Religious, Parsonage, etc.)

  • Benefit statement, enrollment or payment letter from specific agency 

2023 Worker’s Compensation

  • A worker’s compensation award letter

Proof of Residency Form

Acceptable documents include most recent utility bills, a current lease agreement, or a mortgage statement.  Documents must contain the name of the applicants and/or the co-applicant, an address, and must be current.

What Documents Do I Need To Upload As A New Applicant To Complete The Application For ACE Kansas?

Document Type  Acceptable Documents 
Proof of Income 

2023 Federal Income Tax Return documents with the parent/legal guardian’s information  

                  2023 Form 1040 (pages 1-2)    
Proof of Non-Taxable Income (If Applicable) 2023 Social Security/Disability Income for parent/legal guardian & for all family members receiving benefits in the home (These documents must contain name that matches a name on the application, amount received & frequency)
  • 2023 Form SSA-1099 Social Security Benefit Statement(s)
  • A letter from the Social Security Administration with the monthly social security benefits amount

2023 Child Support Income (It must contain the child and parent/legal guardian’s name)

  • Court ordered legal documents
  • A letter from the provider of your child support income for 2023
  • A screenshot or print out of frequency & dates noted for the 2023 child support income of the online Customer Portal
  • Notarized letter with 2023 monthly child support income

2024 SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Income

  • A screenshot or print out of the 2024 SNAP benefits income located under the case details of the online Customer Portal
  • Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) letter with the 2024 monthly SNAP benefits income that includes the parent and child name

2024 TANF (Temporary assistance for needy families)

  • Notice of benefit for 2024 from the appropriate agency

Housing Allowance (Military, Religious, Parsonage, etc.)

  • Benefit statement, enrollment or payment letter from specific agency 

2023 Worker’s Compensation

  •  A worker’s compensation award letter

For students entering kindergarten or coming from Public School ONLY:

 

Household Economic Survey

  • Please use the provided link in the application to access the form. After it has been completed, please upload it to your application.

Parental Consent

  • Parental Consent for Release of Information & Consent for Disclosure Form: Follow the provided link in the application to access the form.  Once it has been filled out, upload it to your application.

How do I know if my application is completed? 

After you submit your application, you will have to wait a few days while FACTS processes your application and documents. FACTS will reach out to you via email if additional information is needed or if your application is complete. 

  • Please be aware that you will receive an email from FACTS, not from ACE about the status of your application. 
  • To ensure that you receive communications from FACTS, please ensure that the email you provided on your application in FACTS is correct. 
  • Be sure to check you spam/junk folder in your email if you think you may have missed a communication from FACTS.

ACE will review applications after the application window closes on April 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM.

Am I too late to apply?

Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year at this time. The deadline to complete the application for ACE Scholarships was the end of the day on April 18th, 2023. You are more than welcome to try and reapply once applications open in 2024 for the 2024-2025 school year. Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be open from February 5th, 2024, through April 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM.

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

Unfortunately, it is too late to upload documents or edit your existing application. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023-2024 school year at this time. The deadline to complete the application for ACE Scholarships was the end of the day on April 18th, 2023.

For the 2024-2025 application cycle, any edits or document uploads need to be done by the application deadline (April 15th, 2024 at 11:59 PM).

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.

 

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/