TRIO ACES Support Services wants you!

Join the 2023-24 cohort! As part of the national TRIO network, ACES assists students from first-generation and income qualifying backgrounds to complete a certificate or degree at MVC and transfer to a four-year college or university. We offer personalized academic advising through dedicated counselors; priority registration; professional mentorship; success workshops; and field trips to colleges, career sites, and cultural experiences.

Master your college transition

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. ACES strives 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.

What does ACES offer me?

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.

Get in Touch

Call: (951) 571-6275

Text: (951) 233-3719

Find us: Welcome Center, Room 173

ACES Counseling Hours

Luis Cuevas
I love the feeling of showing someone what they are worth even when they don't see it themselves. We are all very capable.
Luis Cuevas, ACES Scholar and MVC Alumnus

Get involved with ACES!


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.

Target Population

  • 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

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 the ACES office in the Science & Technology Building, Room 108 or Welcome Center, Room 173. Submit a completed application with income verification. Incomplete applications will not be able to be processed. Ineligible applicants will be notified via email. Accepted income verification 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.
    • 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.
  2. ACES Counselor Appointment: All eligible students will be contacted via e-mail to schedule an appointment to meet with an ACES counselor to review educational goals and review important program information. The meeting will last no more than 30 minutes.
  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.
  1. United States citizen or meets the residency requirements for Federal student financial assistance
    • Income Qualifying (view income guidelines), AND/OR
    • First Generation (parent(s) or guardian(s) has not earned a bachelor's degree), OR
    • Disabled (documented by MVC DSS or private physician)
  2. Academic Need (can be fulfilled by a variety of criteria)
  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
    • 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
  6. First time students must be enrolled in classes for the semester for which they are applying.
  • 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. You can connect with your counselors in-person or online by making an appointment in ConexEd. ACES students must attend two academic advising appointments per semester.

Make an Appointment

ACES Connection Hours

Counselor Connection


  • October 16, 23 and 30, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm with Deanna Murrell in WC 153


  • October 17 and 24, 9 am - 4 pm with Lorena Gutierrez in WC 173


  • None


  • October 19 and 26, 9 am - 4 pm with Lorena Gutierrez in WC 173
  • October 19 and 26, 4 - 8 pm with Deanna Murrell in WC 153


  • November 6, 13 and 27, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm with Deanna Murrell in WC 153


  • November 7 and 28, 9 am - 4 pm with Lorena Gutierrez in WC 173


  • None


  • November 2, 16 and 30, 9 am - 4 pm with Lorena Gutierrez in WC 173
  • November 2, 9, 15 and 30, 4 - 8 pm with Deanna Murrell in WC 153


  • December 4 and 11, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm with Deanna Murrell in WC 153


  • December 5, 9 am - 4 pm with Lorena Gutierrez in WC 173


  • None


  • December 14, 9 am - 4 pm with Lorena Gutierrez in WC 173
  • December 14, 4 - 8 pm with Deanna Murrell in WC 153

Schedule Your Appointment

Meet the Director

Want to meet with the TRIO Director? Stop by Science and Technology, Room 108, text (951) 233-3719, email or make an appointment through ConexEd.

Email the Director Appointment

Program Highlights

ACES scholars have opportunities to connect with transfer options, professional mentors, and receive amazing support to help them succeed in college.


Over 90% of ACES Scholars are in good academic standing.

MVC's Student Support Services program was re-funded a $1.265 million grant over five years to serve a cohort of 144 students annually.

Transfer Potential

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

Travel and Exploration

ACES Scholars have had field experiences to UC Riverside, UC San Diego, University of Southern California, the California Science Center, and the Lion King.

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



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