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Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) began in 2012 with the goal of connecting students to affordable, high quality education. We aim to help students and parents identify colleges, programs, and scholarship opportunities that fit their academic and financial ambitions and needs. We believe that all students should enjoy access to affordable, high-quality educational opportunities.

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