ACE Applicants


The Access to College Excellence (ACE) program provides additional services and support to students who are both academically and financially disadvantaged and possess the desire and potential to earn a college degree.   

For questions regarding the ACE program please contact the Office of Opportunity Programs at 607-436-2407 or 607-436-2496.

Admissions Process

Apply using the SUNY Application or Common Application. Complete all requests for additional information as soon as possible. Additional information will include but may not be limited to:

Academic Eligibility

  • Cumulative high school average of 80 or higher or a GED/TASC score of 2380 or higher
  • Minimum combined SAT score of 800 (test dates prior to March 1, 2016) or 880 (test dates after March 1, 2016) or ACT composite of 16
  • Students must be ineligible for admission to SUNY Oneonta under general admission requirements


To be eligible for admission through ACE you must meet all of the criteria below:

  • Be a resident of New York State
  • Be a recipient of a high school diploma or GED/TASC
  • Be of the first generation in your family to obtain a college degree
  • Meets the following family income requirements
Access to College Excellence (ACE) Economic Eligibility Guidelines Academic Year 2018-2019
Household Size
(including head of household)*
1 $27,889
2 $37,555
3 $47,221
4 $56,887
5 $66,554
6 $76,220
7 $85,886
8 $95,552

*For each additional family member, add $9,666

Subject to change for 2019-20.

If you are a ward of the State, under foster care without parental support, or are primarily dependent on public assistance, the financial requirements have been met.



  • Additional Financial Grant
  • Peer Academic Coaching Effort (PACE)
  • Personal, academic and financial counseling