FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of assistance is available?

Federal grants, state grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships are available to students based on eligibility.

What is the FSA ID and password?

The FSA ID is now the required login information for various federal aid websites, including the FAFSA on the Web. We recommend creating your FSA ID before you begin completing your FAFSA, which will make the process easier. You can create your FSA ID and password at fsaid.ed.gov

You can create your FSA ID and password here: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm

What is A-B Tech's Federal School Code?

A-B Tech's Federal School Code is 004033.

People keep referring to Cost of Attendance (COA).  I don't know what that means.  Are they referring to tuition and fees?

Yes, but it also includes a lot more.  Cost of Attendance is based on an average of what most students typically pay for most expenses for a given year.  Cost of Attendance includes such things as tuition, fees and books, but it also includes things like supplies, an estimate of room and board expenses, an estimate of transportation expenses, and "miscellaneous" expenses.  Cost of Attendance varies based on a student's living arrangements and whether their residency status is in-state or out-of-state.  There are also variances depending on certain programs and associated costs of those programs.  A general chart of some common Costs of Attendance amounts can be found on our Cost of Attendance page.

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 Dependency Status Questions on the FAFSA application, you do not have to include your parent's income on the FAFSA. If you could not answer yes to at least one of the questions in this section, then you are required to provide your parents’ information on the FAFSA.

What is verification?

If you've been selected for verification, you may be wondering what it's all about. Basically, the verification process provides a consistent and structured way for the Financial Aid Office to verify your eligibility for financial aid. The government asks us to collect some information from selected students and compare that information against what they indicated on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to ensure correctness. If in the process of reviewing a student’s financial aid file, we notice conflicting data, the conflict must be resolved before awarding can take place. This verification process ensures that you are awarded in accordance with federal regulations governing the appropriate disbursement of eligible funds.

How can I get a copy of my Tax Return Transcript?

You can request a copy of your tax return transcript by accessing the IRS website at IRS.gov. On the Homepage, click on Get a Tax Transcript and follow the prompts. Aid applicants who are not able to use the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import their tax data directly from the IRS into the FAFSA application should order tax return transcripts as soon as possible after submitting their FAFSA to ensure timely receipt of this document.

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How do I fill out the FAFSA if I did not file a tax return?

In the Financial Data section of the FAFSA, select “Will Not File” for the “Tax Return Completion Status” question if you did not file a return and were not required to do so under federal guidelines. Follow the same steps for your parents if you are a Dependent student and are required to provide parental data.

How will I be notified about 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 WebAdvisor.

How will I receive a financial aid refund?

A-B Tech has partnered with Higher One to disburse financial aid refunds. After you’ve registered for classes, you’ll be sent a Higher One debit card in the mail that will be in a green envelope. Once you receive your Higher One card, you’ll need to set up your preference for how you want to receive your refund. 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.

You can activate your Higher One account and set up your refund preference at abtechaccesscard.com. If you don’t choose a refund option, the refund will be mailed in the form of a check on no sooner than the 21st day after the disbursement.

HigherOne FAQs

I received my Pell refund and it was less than I was awarded. Why?

There are several reasons why your refund may be less than you were awarded.

First, remember that tuition, fees, and bookstore purchases made with financial aid funds were taken out of the Pell Grant money that you were awarded. You then receive a refund for the remaining balance of Pell funds.

Finally, if your enrollment status has changed, Pell funds will be reduced to reflect your actual enrollment status. Award notifications are based on your being enrolled full-time. If you enroll less than full-time, the award will be adjusted for the correct enrollment status.

Will my financial aid be affected if I withdraw from a class?

Withdrawing from classes can always have a negative impact on you financial aid status. For example, federal regulations require students to maintain at least a 67 percent cumulative passing rate during their academic career to remain eligible for financial aid. Withdrawing from classes will lower your passing rate. We encourage students to take a manageable course load and try their best to earn a grade of C or better in all courses attempted.

Will my financial aid be affected if I withdraw from all of my classes?

If an aid recipient withdraws from all classes, regardless of the reason, before the 61% point of the semester, a percentage of Federal aid received may have to be repaid based on the Federal Formula Calculation.

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 not enrolled, or enrolled less than full-time, for fall and/or spring semester, you may be eligible for some Pell Grant money for the summer semester.

Does A-B Tech ever offer financial aid for Study Abroad opportunities?

A-B Tech occasionally sponsors Study Abroad opportunities for students during the summer semester.  Students who want to participate must have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and a completed award file to be considered for any federal, state and/or institutional financial aid.  They must also be enrolled in the College, registered for a study abroad course that is in their program of study, and meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.