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The purpose of the financial aid program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is to provide assistance to students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend the College. The program is committed to the philosophy that no eligible student should be denied access to a higher education because of a lack of financial resources.

An application for financial aid will gain consideration for grants-in-aid, loans, scholarships, and student employment opportunities. In general, financial aid is awarded to students on the basis of need, academic potential, and future promise.

Students desiring financial aid for an academic year (August through May) are encouraged to apply early (January through March) to be given priority consideration for the funds available. Applications will be processed until all available funds are awarded.

Application Procedure

In order to be considered for financial aid, a student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov. Alternative accessible application formats will be made available to individuals with disabilities upon request to the ADA Coordinator or the Financial Aid Office.

For priority consideration, it is important that students complete the General Admissions Procedures for Classified Students.

Financial aid applications are required to be entered on the Department of Education website at www.fafsa.gov. However, prior to completing the online FAFSA, students must apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. This number will be entered as one’s signature for the FAFSA.

If an applicant is a dependent and therefore required to provide his or her parents’ financial and personal information on the FAFSA, at least one parent must also apply for a PIN at the address above, as it is required to have the parent sign the FAFSA as well. When visiting the website, students will be given explicit instructions. Assistance is also provided by the Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243. TTY users (hearing impaired) may call 1-800-730-8913.

There is a FAFSA worksheet that students may complete prior to completing the application online. Worksheets will be available at their local high school or college and in the Student Services Center on the A-B Tech main campus. They may also print the worksheet from the www.fafsa.gov website.

When students log onto www.fafsa.gov, they will be advised on all the documentation they must have to complete the FAFSA. A complete and accurate application will prevent delays in processing their financial aid. The college code for A-B Tech is 004033.

Students should make sure they receive and retain a copy of the confirmation number when their FAFSA is submitted. After the Department of Education processes the application, an electronic file with the information the College needs to process financial aid for the student will be transmitted to the A-B Tech Financial Aid Office. Also, when the FAFSA is processed, the student will receive the Student Aid Report (SAR) by email or a hard copy of the report may be mailed.

All correspondence from the Financial Aid Office is sent to students via their A-B Tech student email account. All students who apply for financial aid are automatically assigned a student email account. Information regarding how to access the student email account can be found online at abtech.edu/students/email. Students should check their student email regularly for information regarding missing financial aid documentation, class information, registration, billing status, etc.

After financial aid is completely processed, students can go to their WebAdvisor account to view their award notification, which tells them how much and what types of financial aid they will receive. Students can access their WebAdvisor account from the A-B Tech website at abtech.edu.

Students will find all the web links mentioned above, as well as other helpful sources of financial aid assistance, on the A-B Tech website. Students should visit abtech.edu, click on the student link, and scroll down to the financial aid link. Computers are available for student use in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center.

Students seeking additional information about the Financial Aid Program at A-B Tech are urged to contact the Financial Aid Office in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center.

Important Pell Grant Information. A new federal law shortens the length of time students will be eligible for Pell Grants from 18 semesters to 12, beginning with the 2012-13 school year. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 398-7162.

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