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Academic Counseling and Educational Support

ACES LogoThe Academic Counseling and Educational Support (ACES) program offers qualifying students a strong academic support system and learning community that will assist them in mastering their college transitions. The primary goal of ACES is to increase the retention and graduation rates of students who are committed to transferring to a four-year institution by increasing their access and opportunity to higher education.

MVC's Student Support Services program was awarded a $1.1 million grant to serve a cohort of 140 students over 5 years. ACES serves 144 students annually.

ACES offers targeted services for program participants, including academic counseling, tutoring, mentoring, career and skill development, field experiences, and other services to empower students to graduate and transfer from MVC to four-year institutions.


Our Mission

The mission of the Academic Counseling and Educational Support program (ACES) at Moreno Valley College is to promote the retention, graduation, and transfer of low income, first generation and students with disabilities through a variety of academic support services.


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How to Apply

Academic Counseling and Educational Support program participants are admitted based on a 3 step process:
Application - Interview - Orientation.

  1. Application - Students can download an application or pick up an application from Science & Technology, room 164 or 151-A. In addition to this 2 page application, students must submit documents to verify income. Acceptable documents are either a signed 2014 federal tax form 1040, or the 2015-2016 FAFSA summary available at COMPLETE applications can be submitted to SCI & TECH 164 or 151-A. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  2. Interview - All eligible students will be contacted via e-mail for an interview. The interview will last no more than 20 minutes. Those who are deemed ineligible will be notified via e-mail.
  3. Orientation - Those students who are offered admission are required to attend an orientation. Students who do not complete this orientation will have their admission offer rescinded. Upon completion of the orientation students will be placed on probationary status for a period of 1 semester. Orientation is required. Students will be notified of the orientation date two weeks in advance.


Participant Eligibility and Priorities:

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  1. United States citizen or meets the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance
    1. Low-income (view income guidelines),
    2. First Generation (parent(s) or guardian(s) has not earned a bachelor's degree),
    3. Disabled (documented by MVC DSS or private physician)
  2. Academic Need (can be fulfilled by a variety of criteria, however most common is assessment scores)
  3. Students must have Moreno Valley College (MVC) listed as their home campus
  4. Student educational goal must lead to completion of a Certificate or Associate degree at Moreno Valley College and transfer to a 4 year university.
  5. Continuing students
    • must be in good standing at time of application
    • must demonstrate a history of at least part-time enrollment, subsequent semesters must be enrolled full-time
    • cannot exceed a total of 30 cumulative completed units at time of application
    • cannot have already earned an Associate or Bachelor's degree at the time of application
  6. First time students must be enrolled in classes for the semester for which they are applying, subsequent semesters must be enrolled full-time.


Services and Benefits

Services Offered Participant Responsibilities
  • Individualized Academic Advising
  • Extended Hours of Tutorial Services
  • Academic Success and Student Development Workshops
  • Priority Registration
  • College and Career Exploration
  • Economic/Financial Literacy
  • Assistance Completing Financial Aid and Scholarship Applications
  • Professional Networking Opportunities
  • Strategies for Strengthening Study Skills
  • Assistance with Transfer to 4 year University
  • Field Experiences to 4 year Colleges/Universities, Educational Opportunities, and Professional Sites
  • Affiliation with National TRiO Network
  • Full time enrollment
  • Commitment to achieving a 2.5 GPA or better
  • Fall & Spring Progress Report
  • Complete FAFSA every year
  • Complete Financial Literacy 101 workshop
  • Attend 2 Academic Advising sessions per semester
  • Participate in 2 educational/cultural activities per semester
  • Attend tutoring as needed
  • Inform Counselor of schedule changes (i.e. dropping courses)


Program Highlights

  • Over 86% of ACES Scholars are in good academic standing
  • ACES Scholars have earned their Associates Degree and transferred to such schools as UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, California State University, San Bernardino, Arizona State University, Chico State University, Cal Poly Pomona to name a few
  • ACES Scholars have had field experiences to UC Riverside, UC San Diego, University of Southern California, the California Science Center, and the Lion King


Target Population

  • College students enrolled at Moreno Valley College as home college
  • Low income, potentially first generation backgrounds with demonstrated academic need for program services
  • Enrolled full time and planning to complete a degree and transfer to a four year program
  • United States Citizen or Legal Residency


Contact us

For more information, please contact one of our staff members:

Vacant, Director

Phone number:

(951) 571-6275


Send a message


Science & Technology 164 (in the computer lab)


Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4:30 pm

Part-Time Counselor

Appointments available:
Wednesdays 2 - 5 pm in STU 301
Thursdays 3 - 6 pm in HUM 113

Please call (951) 571-6275 to make an appointment.




The ACES program is sponsored by Moreno Valley College and is
100% federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education and TRiO.