Loyola University Chicago

Achieving College Excellence

Student Academic Services


The Achieving College Excellence program is here to offer a variety of support services and programs aimed at helping you excel in college.

  • Are you a first-generation college student (your parent[s] did not earn a bachelor's degree)?
  • Are you a student with high financial need?
  • Are you a student with a documented disability(ies)?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, the ACE program may be for you.  The information below gives the specific details about eligibility requirements.  

Please note, all ACE participants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and enrolled at (or accepted for the upcoming semester) Loyola University Chicago.

Check our application page to see if ACE is currently accepting applications.  Because we are a grant-funded program, we are limited by the grant as to how many students we can serve, which means at any given time, unfortunately, we may not have spaces open.

Specific Eligibility Details:

As a TRiO program, ACE complies with the federal regulations set by the terms of the SSS grant that the program has received. In order to be eligible for the ACE program, a student must:

1. Be a citizen of the United States of America or meet the residency requirements needed for Federal student financial assistance

2. Be enrolled at Loyola University Chicago or be accepted at Loyola University Chicago for the upcoming academic semester.

3. Have a need for academic support as determined by Loyola University Chicago in order to successfully complete postsecondary educational program

4. Be considered a:


High Financial Need Student

To be considered a high financial need student, a student’s individual or parent income as reported on a federal tax return must meet a certain level as determined by Federal financial aid services. To see the income requirements, please click here.

First Generation College Student

To be eligible for ACE as first-generation college student, the individual must be:

• A student neither of whose natural or adoptive parents received a baccalaureate degree
• A student who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not receive a baccalaureate degree
• An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or adoptive parent. 

Student with Documented Disability

To be considered a disabled student for the ACE program, the individual must verbally disclose their disability status to ACE Staff, provide us with written documentation, or be documented through the Services for Student Accessibility Center  (SAC) office. They provide on-campus assessments and will continue to work with ACE on the student’s disability status. For more information about disability status, please see the SAC website.