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Paying for College

Continuing your education makes sense for you. You’re ready to take that important step. What may not make sense is how you’re going to pay for it. Though a community college education is a great deal, paying for it can still be daunting and confusing. We know how you feel and that is why we’re here to help.

Applying for Financial Aid

The first step in securing financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fasa). The FAFSA will determine your eligibility for federal, state, or institutional aid. Complete the fasa online at

  • Use the A-B Tech school code (004033) to ensure it gets to A-B Tech.
  • A-B Tech will communicate to you via your A-B Tech student email account and Webadvisor regarding your financial aid status.

Do Your Part to Ensure Your Financial Aid is Processed Quickly

  • Apply early! It takes two to three weeks to process financial aid.
  • Check your A-B Tech email on a regular basis and respond promptly. Financial aid notifications are sent only to your student email account.
  • You will be shown how to activate your student email during the New Student Orientation.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants come from a variety of sources and require individual applications. According to College Foundation of North Carolina, the state has more than $600 million a year available for students and that doesn’t include federal and college assistance.

Work Study

Many colleges, including A-B Tech, offer work-study opportunities. Check with the Financial Aid Office to learn more. You may also consider an internship related to your course of study. While gaining valuable, hands-on experience, you will also be earning money to put toward college if the internship is paid. Check with your department to see what internships are available. You can also plan internships with individual employers in your field.


Take advantage of federal and state loans, which have lower interest rates than private loans and accommodating repayment schedules. Be cautious of borrowing from private lenders who usually offer easier access, but have higher interest rates that make it much more difficult to pay back.

Tuition Payment Plan

A-B Tech offers a payment plan for tuition and fees if you have repaid all prior payment plans on time. The plan breaks the payment down into three equal payments. To find out more, go to

For More Information

A-B Tech Financial Aid Office

K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center
340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 398-7900

Financial Aid Hours

Mon. – Thurs.: 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Federal School Code 004033

A-B Tech Scholarships Office

Leronica Casey
Financial Aid Scholarship Resource Coordinator