Academic Counseling & Educational Support
Appointments with ACES counselors and ACES services are available online.
The 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.
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.
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Our Mission and who ACES Helps
The mission of the TRIO Academic Counseling and Educational Support program (ACES) at Moreno Valley College is a student support service designed to promote the retention, graduation, and transfer of low income, first generation and students with disabilities through a variety of academic support services.
- College students enrolled at Moreno Valley College as home college
- Income qualifying, 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
How to Apply
Academic Counseling and Educational Support program participants are admitted based on a 3 step process: Application - Interview - Orientation.
- Application: Students can download an application or pick up an application from the ACES office in the Humanities Building, room 227.
- Submit a completed application with income verification. Acceptable documents are:
- A recent signed copy of your parent/guardian's 1040 tax forms or tax transcript if you are a dependent.
- A copy of your 1040 tax form or tax transcripts if you are independent.
- A FAFSA summary/Student Aid Report available at www.fafsa.gov. It must show income. If information as been transferred from the IRS, we will need a copy of your taxes.
- If you do not file taxes, you may submit a copy of a Benefits Awards letter from any government aid programs, such as Cash Aid, Social Security, etc.
- An Income Affidavit.
- Ineligible applicants will be notified via e-mail. Incomplete applications will not be able to be processed.
- United States citizen or meets the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance
- Income Qualifying (view income guidelines),
- First Generation (parent(s) or guardian(s) has not earned a bachelor's degree),
- Disabled (documented by MVC DSS or private physician)
- Income Qualifying (view income guidelines),
- Academic Need (can be fulfilled by a variety of criteria)
- Students must have Moreno Valley College (MVC) listed as their home campus
- Student educational goal must lead to completion of a Certificate or Associate degree at Moreno Valley College and transfer to a 4 year university.
- Continuing students
- must be in good standing at time of application
- must demonstrate a history of at least part-time enrollment
- cannot exceed a total of 30 cumulative completed units at time of application (if over 30 units have been earned by the time of application, meet with the program director regarding extenuating circumstances)
- cannot have already earned an Associate or Bachelor's degree at the time of application
- First time students must be enrolled in classes for the semester for which they are applying.
Services we offer students
- 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
- Commit to achieve a 2.5 GPA or better
- Fall & spring progress report
- Complete FAFSA every year
- Complete Financial Literacy
- Attend two academic advising sessions per semester
- Participate in two educational/cultural activities per semester
- Attend tutoring as needed
- Inform Counselor of schedule changes (i.e. dropping courses)
ACES Academic Counseling
Stay on track academically by meeting regularly with your ACES counselors. ACES students must attend two academic advising appointments per semester.
Need to have a longer conversation? Make an appointment with an ACES counselor. Counseling appointments can be made every day of the week. Have a quick question? ACES now offers drop-in counseling over Zoom during limited times.
- Drop-in counseling: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 1 - 2 pm
- Over 90% 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, UC Irvine, 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
- ACES Scholars have opportunities to connect with professional mentors in several career fields
- MVC's Student Support Services program was refunded a $1.265 million grant over five years to serve a cohort of 144 students annually.
Stay Connected with ACES
For more information, please contact one of our staff members:
Micki R. Grayson, Director, Office of TRIO Programs
Call (951) 571-6275
100% federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education and TRiO.