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Attend College Early (ACE) Option

Formerly Twelfth Year Program

The Attend College Early Option is a collaboration between the student and his or her family, their high school, and Quinsigamond Community College. It is an opportunity for mature, college-ready students to simultaneously complete high school graduation requirements and begin their pursuit of higher education.

Please Note: Students accepted to the ACE Option are not eligible for financial aid. They are responsible for the cost of enrolling in courses at Quinsigamond Community College.

Acceptance Criteria

To be eligible for acceptance into the ACE option, a student must meet the following criteria:

Required

  • Be currently enrolled in high school
  • MCAS scores as follow:
    • 2.7 unweighted GPA and Advanced on the ELA MCAS, or
    • 2.7 unweighted GPA and Proficient on the ELA MCAS and a B average (3.0) in English, or
    • 2.7 unweighted GPA and top 75 percentile for Verbal on PSAT
  • Demonstrate satisfactory disciplinary history in his/her student profile

Students are asked to send their transcript and standardized test scores to ace [at] qcc.mass.edu

  • Preferred application deadline for the Fall semester: July 1
  • Preferred application deadline for the Spring semester: December 15

The College is currently not offering an in-person Placement Test. As an alternative to the placement test, ACE program applicants are being asked to provide their high school transcript and a copy of their MCAS scores. (If they have not taken MCAS then PSAT scores).
 
Additional qualifiers are a grade of "C" or higher on college-level English courses or a score of 3 on AP English Literature and Composition. Additional appropriate alternative assessment on a case by case basis.

How to Apply

Step One: Email an ACE Enrollment Counselor at ace [at] qcc.mass.edu for information about how to begin to apply.  You will be asked to complete a form and provide your high school transcript and MCAS test scores. 

Step Two: A QCC ACE program enrollment counselor will contact you to provide the ACE application if you meet academic standards. You will receive an application to be completed by the student and the student’s family. You will also receive a separate application to be completed with the Guidance Counselor and signed by the principal.

Step Three: Your high school guidance counselor will list the courses that you must take to fulfill high school graduation requirements. It is recommended that alternate courses are also included, in the event that a first choice is unavailable.

Step Four: Return both completed  ACE applications to your QCC Enrollment Counselor at the email they provide. An ACE program enrollment counselor will contact you to make a class registration appointment.

Step Five: Registration for courses takes place during this appointment as long as both student and parent are satisfied that this is an appropriate academic opportunity.

Please Note: Students who are accepted into the Attend College Early Program are responsible for the cost of enrolling in courses at Quinsigamond Community College. Students accepted to the Attend College Early Program are not eligible for federal/state financial aid.