Which FAFSA Should I Complete for Spring?
Complete the 2018-19 academic year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for spring.
1/7 PRIORITY DEADLINE Students who have received an award letter by this date will have their classes held.
Financial Aid Disbursement
- Occurs February 10th*, March 10th, April 10th, and May 6th.
- If the 10th of the month is on a weekend, the scheduled disbursement will occur the prior Friday.
- Review your Self-Service account for anticipated refund details
- Loans will be paid as follows: 50% in February**, 25% in March***, and 25% in April****.
* For classes beginning in January.
** If at least 6 in-program credits of your courses begin during January. If at least 6 in-program credits of your courses do not begin during January, then your loans will begin disbursing at one of the future scheduled disbursements posted above whenever you are currently participating in and/or have completed 6 in-program credits.
*** As long as you are currently participating in and/or have completed 6 in-program credits.
****As long as you are currently participating in and/or have completed 6 in-program credits.
Bookstore Purchases with Financial Aid
- One week before full-term classes begin through first two weeks of the term.
- Additional dates TBD.
3/8: Deadline to complete all loan requirements (MPN, Entrance Counseling, Financial Aid Matters).
Please see the Financial Aid Disbursement schedule above for anticipated loan disbursement dates.
If you would like to reduce your loan amounts, or cancel your loans entirely, you must complete the Direct Loan Adjustment Form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office no later than 14 days before the first disbursement date.
Financial Aid Availability
Your financial aid award package for spring can be reviewed in Self-Service. Once you register, please wait 24 hours for the system to refresh and then go to Self-Service Finance to check your spring award.
> To receive the "Maximum Award" amount specified in your account, you must have completed, or be actively attending, the requisite number of credit hours for each award:
|Award||Maximum Award Credit Hour Requirement|
|Pell Grant||12 + credit hours|
|NCCCG||15 + credit hours|
|NCELS||12 + credit hours|
|Loans||6 + credit hours|
Remember, late start and minimester credit hours are not factored into your financial aid eligibility until 10 days before they start. If you are registered for these classes, your financial aid disbursement(s) may be delayed.
To receive a loan disbursement, you must be actively attending, or have already completed, a minimum of 6 in-program credit hours. Loans are disbursed in multiple payments throughout the semester. Review our "Loans" section on this page for details.
To receive a state grant disbursement, you must be actively attending, or have already completed, a minimum of 6 in-program credit hours.
Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (FASAP)
- To receive financial aid for spring, you must be meeting FASAP.
- Your progress was determined last May 15th. Log in to your Self-Service account to check your status.
- If you are not meeting FASAP, please do not begin your spring classes unless you are paying cash.
- During the timeframe specified below, you may submit an FASAP Appeal Request for spring.
December 1st - January 5th: During this timeframe, you may submit an FASAP Appeal Request for the spring semester. Appeals will not be accepted after this date. Before doing so, please review our Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (FASAP) policy and our Appeal Process. If your Appeal is Upheld, you must submit a completed Academic Plan to the Financial Aid Office on or before January 5th, by 12:00 p.m.
You must submit FASAP Appeal Requests to the Financial Aid Office in person, unless you have made alternate arrangements with a financial aid staff member.
Students may only submit one FASAP Appeal Request per academic year.
Students who successfully appeal Maximum Timeframe suspensions must graduate within the academic year of their upheld FASAP Appeal Request.
Special Circumstances (income adjustment) Request
Spring only students: November 1st - January 5th: During this timeframe, you may submit a Special Circumstances Request. Requests will not be accepted after this date.
Requests submitted during this timeframe, if approved, will see any related aid adjustments processed and made active for spring and summer semesters.
Special Circumstances Requests are not processed for the Summer semester.
Special Circumstances Requests will generally take 4-6 weeks to be reviewed and processed (if approved).
By appointment only.
Uniform Purchases with Financial Aid
- November 27th – January 18th
If you are using financial aid for your uniform purchases, please note the important information detailed below to ensure that you are properly prepared for the upcoming semester.
In order to purchase a uniform with your financial aid, you will need to first be fitted at Read’s Uniform Center and have Read’s email the A-B Tech Business Office a quote for approval. Once the Business Office confirms that you have enough financial aid to cover the uniform purchase, your uniform costs will be charged to your account and Read’s will complete the order. You can then visit Read’s to pick up your uniform. Read’s is located at 123 Sweeten Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28803.
Cost of Attendance (COA)
The cost of attendance for a student is an estimate of that student's educational expenses for the period of enrollment. Your federal aid (grants, loans) cannot exceed this cost. The Financial Aid Office will award you the maximum amount of financial aid for which you are eligible, not to exceed your cost of attendance.
|Spring COA for Dependent Student||Spring COA for Independent Student|