The purpose of the financial aid program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is to provide financial assistance to students who would otherwise 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 due to a lack of financial resources. Students who submit a FAFSA will be considered for grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment opportunities. Financial aid is generally awarded to students on the basis of need and academic merit. 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. It is important for students to know that it may take 4 to 6 weeks to process the application.