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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it too late to apply for financial aid for the 2012-13 academic year?
FAFSA's for the 2012-13 academic year may be submitted through June 30, 2013. Please be aware that it takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks to process the application.
If a student's financial aid eligibility has not been determined before the start of the semester, the student will need to be prepared to pay for tuition, fees, and books out of pocket or will need to set up a tuition payment plan. Emergency assistance is also available for books. Once eligibility has been determined, the student will be reimbursed for the amount of financial aid he is eligible for minus any funds due to the college.
When and how will I receive a financial aid refund?
A-B Tech has partnered with Higher One to disburse financial aid refunds. After you have registered for classes you will be sent a debit card in the mail that will be in a green envelope. Do not throw this away because you will need it to set up your refund preference. You have three options for how you can receive your refund.
1. Set up a Higher One account and have your money put on the Higher One debit card.
2. Request the money be directly deposited into your own checking or savings account. This option will take 2-3 additional business days.
3. Request that a paper check be mailed to you. This option will take an additional 5-7 business days.
If you are due a financial aid refund, the anticipated date is February 22, 2013. Keep in mind that if your financial aid refund is not what you expected, it could be because of 4 week classes that have not started yet or 8 week classes that have not started yet. You only get paid for what you are currently enrolled in and remember that your award letter amount is based on full time enrollment. If you are not enrolled full time then your financial aid will be adjusted for 3/4, 1/2 and less than 1/2 time.
If you have questions regarding your Higher One card please click on the link below.
I received a Pell Grant for the fall and/or spring semester, and I plan to attend summer semester. How do I find out if I am eligible for Pell Grant for the summer semester?
If you were a full-time student and received Pell Grant for both the fall and spring semesters, you would not have any Pell Grant remaining. However, if you were enrolled less than full-time for fall and/or spring semester, you may be eligible for some Pell Grant money for the summer semester. If you have remaining eligibility for a Direct loan after the fall and/or spring semester, you can complete a summer loan request form after March 15th and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. State grants are not available for the summer semester.
What type of assistance is available?
Federal grants, state grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships are available to students based on eligibility.
What is A-B Tech's Federal School Code?
A-B Tech's Federal School Code is 004033.
How does the government determine if I am eligible for financial aid?
The U.S. Department of Education determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) based on the information you provide on the FAFSA. Each academic institution that you included on your FAFSA will use the EFC and your enrollment status to determine which aid programs you are eligible for and the amount you are eligible to receive.
I am 21 years old and have been on my own since I was 18. Do I have to include my parents income on the FAFSA?
The U.S. Department of Education deems that if you answer yes to one of the following criteria, you do not have to include your parent's income on the FAFSA:
- Were you born before a specific date (which changes each year)?
- As of today, are you married? (Answer "Yes" if you are separated but not divorced)
- At the beginning of the applicable school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, or graduate certificate, etc.)?
- Are you currently servicing on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training?
- Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
- Do you have children who receive more than half of their support from you during the applicable school year?
- Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through the applicable school year?
- At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?
- As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you an emancipated minor?
- As determined by a court in your state of legal residence, are you or were you in legal guardianship?
- At any time on or after July 1 of the year indicated on the FAFSA, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
- At any time on or after July 1 of the year indicated on the FAFSA, did the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
- At any time on or after July 1 of the year indicated on the FAFSA, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?
If you could not answer yes to at least one of the questions above, then you are required to provide your parent's income information on the FAFSA.
How long will it take to find out if I will receive financial aid?
The application process takes a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks and can be longer during peak times of the year. Once your application is complete and eligibility has been determined, an Award Notification will be posted in Web Advisor indicating what aid is available to you and how to use that aid to pay for your tuition, fees, and books.
How will I be notified what financial aid is available to me?
An Award Notification email will be sent to your A-B Tech student email notifying you that your Award Letter is ready to be viewed in Web Advisor.
How do I fill out the FAFSA if I did not file a tax return?
For the question "Have you completed your IRS income tax return or another tax return?" answer by selecting "Will Not File."
Do I have to be enrolled full-time to receive aid?
Although it is not necessary to be enrolled full-time to be eligible for financial aid, the amount of financial aid awarded to less than full-time students is reduced accordingly based on enrollment status. The Financial Aid Office will adjust award amounts based on enrollment status after the semester begins. Students need to remember that being eligible for assistance at one enrollment status (i.e.-Full-Time, 3/4 Time, 1/2 Time, or Less Than 1/2 Time) does not automatically guarantee that the student will remain eligible should the student change to another enrollment status.
Are certificates covered under financial aid?
Thirteen certificate programs qualify for financial aid at A-B Tech: Basic Network Administration, Early Childhood, Early Childhood Infant/Toddler, Special Education, Fire Protection Technology, Air Conditioning and Heating- Basic, Air Conditioning and Heating-Intermediate, Basic Carpentry, Basic Cabinetry, Mechanical Drafting, Automotive Systems Technology - Electrical/Electronics, Construction Management Technology, Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology.
What is verification?
Because every FAFSA can not be checked for accuracy, the U.S. Department of Education has set up the verification process as a "checks and balances" system. At least 30% of the students applying for financial aid are chosen for verification either by the U.S. Department of Education or by the academic institution. If your application is chosen, you will receive an email from the Financial Aid Office at A-B Tech to your A-B Tech student email account requesting additional documentation. You will need to provide this information to the Financial Aid Office in the K Ray Bailey building as soon as possible so that we can determine your eligibility for financial assistance. Your application will not be processed further until the requested verification documentation has been received.
How can I get a copy of my tax transcript?
You can request a copy of your tax return by accessing the IRS website at www.irs.gov.
In addition to online orders for tax transcripts, the IRS has provided the ability to print a transcript on demand. Aid applicants who are not able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool may print tax transcripts at:
How can I get a copy of my W2 Forms?
You can request a copy of your W2 Forms from your employer or by going online to the IRS website, at www.irs.gov.
I have viewed my Award Notification in Web Advisor. What do I do now?
When registration opens, register for your classes. If you have been awarded a Pell Grant or other grant funds, your tuition and fees will automatically be charged to your aid. If you have remaining funds, you may charge your books in the bookstore in the Bailey Building. Just bring a picture ID and your class schedule so you know what books you need. See the Financial Aid Calendar for specific dates.
If you have been awarded work-study and are interested in applying for a position, you will need to fill out a work study application and return it to the Financial Aid Office. For more information on the work-study program, see Work-Study.
If you are interested in applying for a student loan, see below.
How do I decline financial aid that I do not want, such as work-study?
You will need to contact the Financial Aid Office to decline aid.
How do I apply for a student loan?
When you fill out the FAFSA, you will need to answer "Yes" to Question 27: "In addition to grants, are you interested in student loans (which you must pay back)?"
When the Financial Aid Office processes your application, we will determine if you are eligible to apply for a student loan. If it is determined that you are eligible to apply for a student loan and you have indicated on your FAFSA that you are interested in loans, come by the Financial Aid Office and we will instruct you on what you need to do or follow the instructions in your award notification. You will need to complete the Master Promissory Note, entrance counseling, a financial literacy course, and budget sheet and return them to the Financial Aid Office for processing. A-B Tech will certify your loan and send it to the lender. The lender will then process your application for a student loan and will notify you by mail regarding your approval. During peak times it can take 4-6 weeks to process your loan.
Why do I have to complete entrance counseling?
All first-time federal loan borrowers at A-B Tech must complete entrance counseling before the school can disburse loan money. Entrance counseling is available online. Students who have submitted Direct Loan applications to our financial aid office must complete entrance counseling before they can receive their loan disbursement.
Steps to complete your entrance counseling session:
- Students must complete the online counseling by clicking on the web link below, selecting AB Tech as the school, and going through a screen by screen counseling session.
- At the end of each section, the student must complete a quiz where he/she must answer all questions correctly before moving to the next section.
- At the end of successfully completing the session, the student is required to enter their information and will receive a confirmation page.
- We will receive notification within 24 hours of when the student completes the counseling session.
- To start your counseling session, go to: http://studentloans.gov
Why was my loan check held for 30 days?
Disbursement of loan checks for first-time borrowers who have never previously attended A-B Tech must be delayed for 30 days from the beginning of the borrower's enrollment.
Will my financial aid be affected if I withdraw from a class or all of my classes?
Before withdrawing from a class, financial aid recipients should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine what effect dropping and/or officially withdrawing from a course will have on subsequent financial aid eligibility and/or repayment of assistance previously credited to their account or disbursed by check. If an aid recipient withdraws from all classes before the 60% point of the semester, a percentage of Federal aid received may have to be repaid based on the Federal Formula Calculation.
What are contact hours and how does that relate to my financial aid?
Students enrolled in vocational programs that typically lead to a diploma and not a degree program are enrolled in "contact hours" instead of "credit hours". Enrollment status for these students is computed by converting semester contact hours to credit hours for payment purposes using a federal formula. Generally, 29 or more contact hours is considered full-time, 23-28 is 3/4 time, 15-22 is 1/2 time, and 14 or less is considered less than 1/2 time.
I received my Pell refund and it was less than I was awarded. Why?
There are several reasons why the refund may be less than the student was awarded.
First, remember that the tuition, fees, and books were taken out of the Pell Grant money that the student was awarded. The student receives a refund for the remaining balance of Pell funds.
Finally, if a student's enrollment status has changed, Pell funds will be reduced to reflect the student's actual enrollment status. Award notifications are based on a student being enrolled full-time. If a student enrolls less than full-time, the award will be adjusted for the correct enrollment status.