Applying for Aid
Watch our "Financial Aid Overview" video. (Opens video in new window)
Steps to Apply
To be considered for financial aid (including Grants, Loans, Work-Study, and Scholarships), follow these basic steps:
- Complete the A-B Tech Enrollment Process if you have not already done so.
- Create your FSA ID: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm Also, have your parent(s) create an FSA ID if they need to sign your FAFSA.
- Apply for financial aid yearly by completing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA will determine if the student is eligible for any federal, state, or institutional aid. Note that A-B Tech's federal school code is 004033. Once the student submits the FAFSA form to the federal processing center, the student will receive by mail or email a notification called a Student Aid Report (SAR). Students should review the information contained in the SAR for accuracy. The Financial Aid Office will use the data from the SAR to determine the student's eligibility for financial assistance.
Families will be able to begin completing the FAFSA on October 1, rather than January. This change more closely aligns the financial aid application process with the admission application process. In order to accommodate this earlier filing schedule, the FAFSA will collect income information from two years prior to the academic year for which the aid is intended (Prior-Prior Year), rather than the previous year. The new process begins in October 2016 for the 2017-18 award year.
New: Financial Aid Matters Sessions
We know the financial aid process can be complicated. So, we are happy to announce “Financial Aid Matters,” a new group information session for our students.
This session touches on a variety of financial aid topics that are important to know during your academic career at A-B Tech and beyond. It is an hour in length and held a few times a week to ensure accessibility for all of our students. The first half of the session contains general information about financial aid and receiving aid at A-B Tech. Other important topics include federal work-study program employment opportunities as well as Satisfactory Academic Progress standards. Anyone who has applied for aid or is interested in potentially applying for aid is encouraged to attend. The second half focuses exclusively on student Direct Loans.
Register Now for your "Financial Aid Matters" group session.
Want help filling out your FAFSA?
The Financial Aid Office is offering FAFSA by Appointment workshops. Schedule an appointment today!
If additional information is required in addition to the steps listed above, the Financial Aid Office will contact you through your A-B Tech student email account. Please note: Once the above steps are completed, processing of your FAFSA results may take up to an additional 4 to 6 weeks to complete. During peak times, this process can take longer.
Forms and Resources
Visit the Forms & Resources page to locate forms that have been requested by the Financial Aid Office. You will also find a variety of other helpful resources and links on this page.