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.
Students will need an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA. The FSA ID may be created by visiting fsaid.ed.gov. 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.
For Dependent students who must include parent information on the FAFSA, at least one parent must also apply for an FSA ID. Dependent students are required to have a parent sign the FAFSA. 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.
The Financial Aid Office offers FAFSA assistance throughout the academic year. Students may schedule a FAFSA by Appointment session at abtech.edu/financial-aid.
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. They may also print the worksheet from the www.fafsa.gov website.
When students log in to www.fafsa.gov, they will be advised on the documentation they must have to complete the FAFSA. A complete and accurate application will prevent delays in processing their financial aid. When completing the FAFSA, students should use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import student and/or parent income tax return data directly from the IRS. 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 will be transmitted to the A-B Tech Financial Aid Office for processing.
Additionally, 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.
It is important for students seeking financial aid to complete the A-B Tech enrollment process and be admitted into a financial aid eligible academic program.
All correspondence from the Financial Aid Office is sent to students via their A-B Tech student email account. All students who apply to A-B Tech are automatically assigned a student email account. Information regarding how to access the student email account can be found online at abtech.edu. It is the student’s responsibility to check their student email regularly for information regarding missing financial aid documentation, class information, registration, billing status, etc.
After the financial aid file is completely processed, students can go to their WebAdvisor account to view their award letter, which displays how much and what types of financial aid they will receive. It is important for students to remember that the award letter is based on a full-time enrollment status. Financial aid awards will be adjusted for all students who are enrolled in a less than full-time enrollment status. Students can access their WebAdvisor account from the A-B Tech website at abtech.edu.
Visit abtech.edu to find all of the web links mentioned above, as well as other helpful resources. Computers are available for student use in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center.
Students seeking additional information about financial aid at A-B Tech are urged to contact the Financial Aid Office in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center.
Important Pell Grant Information: Eligible students may receive the Pell Grant for the equivalency of 12 full-time semesters, or 600%, per federal regulations.
Types of Financial Aid Processed by the Financial Aid Office:
- Pell Grant (Maximum eligibility: the equivalency of 12 full-time semesters or 600%)
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program*
- Federal Work Study Program
- North Carolina Community College Grant* (Not awarded during the summer semester). Students must be enrolled in at least 15 credit hours to receive the full award amount.
- North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship* (Not awarded during the summer semester)
- A-B Tech Foundation Scholarships
- A-B Tech Enrollment Scholarships
* Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 in-program credit hours as part of the eligibility requirements for these awards.
Anticipated Financial Aid Disbursement Dates:
- Fall Semester-Late September
- Spring Semester-Late February
- Summer Semester-Mid June