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Admissions Overview


In 2013 the North Carolina General Assembly (SB 402) directed the educational entities in North Carolina to work collaboratively to create a centralized, uniform process for determining residency for tuition purposes and for administration of State-funded financial aid.

A-B Tech partners with the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS) which is now the authoritative source of residency determination. Residency for tuition purposes is no longer determined by A-B Tech.   Please review the important and detailed information.


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Enrollment Steps

The Enrollment Map and Checklist below will help guide you through the enrollment and registration process (click on the documents to open them).

A-B Tech Enrollment Map

New Student Enrollment Checklist (image)


Trámites de Inscripción para Estudiantes en español


Below are the general steps for enrolling as a new A-B Tech student. For personal assistance, don’t hesitate to email or call (828) 398-7900.

1. Apply to A-B Tech

2. Apply for Financial Aid

3. Complete New Student Orientation

4. Complete Placement

5. Select a Program

6. Meet With Your Program Advisor

7. Register for Classes

8. Pay for Tuition

General Admission Policy

A-B Tech is an open-door institution, which accepts all applicants who have graduated from high school, hold a HSE (High School Equivalency) or adult high school diploma, are at least 18 years of age or older, are an emancipated minor, or a dual enrollment student (still in high school). Some programs, such as in the Allied Health/Public Services and Emergency Services Division, are selective and typically require the high school or HSE (High School Equivalency) credential.  Admission to these programs follow specific and separate application cycles. High school graduation or the equivalent from an accredited, valid institution is required for Financial Aid purposes. Please call (828) 398-7900 or see an academic advisor in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Building for further information.

Other Helpful Links for New Students

Selective Allied Health and Limited Programs

Campus Tour

College Calendar

Continuing Education (Non-Credit) Classes

International Students

North Carolina Residency