Applying for Financial Aid
Financial aid is funding that will help you and your family meet college expenses such as tuition, fees, books, supplies, etc. The basic sources of aid are grants, scholarships and employment.
You and your parents (if you are dependent) are still considered the primary source of funding for these costs. Financial aid is intended to fill the gaps where you and your parents might fall short in paying for your education.
Follow these three steps to apply for financial aid at ACC:
1. Submit the FAFSA.
- All students who wish to be considered for federal and state financial aid, need-based scholarships and private loans must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We strongly encourage you to apply online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA should be completed at www.fafsa.gov as soon as possible after January 1 for the upcoming academic year. ACC’s priority filing date for the federal processing center to receive your FAFSA is MARCH 15.
- Students whose FAFSAs are received by the priority filing date are given first consideration for some federal and state financial aid programs that have limited funds.
ACC’s school code for the FAFSA is 005463.
Priority Date to file the FAFSA: March 15
- Retain the printout of your confirmation page after submitting your FAFSA online. This is your proof that you applied. Remember to mail your signature page immediately after submitting your FAFSA online (if you don’t have a PIN). Save to your computer a copy of the FAFSA submitted online or retain a copy of the paper FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA for your file.
2. Watch your email.
- Within approximately two weeks after submitting your FAFSA online you should receive a SAR (Student Aid Report) indicating that your FAFSA has been processed and sent to the institutions you designated. Check the SAR for accuracy, and make sure that ACC is listed as one of the schools you plan to attend. If ACC is listed as a recipient of your data, that information will be transmitted electronically to ACC for review.
3. Submit all requested documents.
- Upon receipt of your electronic FAFSA data from the federal processing center, we will mail you a letter requesting documents needed to complete your file. SUBMIT all requested documentation promptly. You may be asked to submit copies of tax transcripts or other documentation to complete your financial aid application. Respond promptly to these requests (and any follow-up requests) to assure timely processing of your application. The first letter is the ONLY paper letter you will receive from Financial Aid, please check your e-mail often to see if there is any other correspondence from the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office uses the PRIMARY e-mail address registered with Admissions.
Fall documents priority deadline: June 1
Spring documents priority deadine: November 15
Foundation Scholarships: Alamance Community College has generous Foundation donors who help hundreds of Alamance Community College students go to school every year. Students must demonstrate academic promise with a 2.5 GPA and at least a 75% completion rate. To be considered for a Foundation Scholarship, students must fill out a FAFSA application and submit it to ACC.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SPRING IS NOVEMBER 15th- All applications received after that date will be considered for Summer. NEW FOR FALL 2013! The scholarship application must be submitted online.
To view a list of Named Scholarships, click HERE.
Award Notifications: Financial aid award packages are e-mailed to those students whose files are complete by the priority date (June 1) as soon after June 1 as possible. By meeting the priority deadline, you are assured that your request for aid will be processed before the tuition payment deadline for the upcoming semester.
Award conditions and responsibilities: Be sure to read the materials accompanying your award letter for conditions attached to your award. All of the attachments are available under the Documents and Forms on the left hand menu.
Financial aid disbursement: Financial aid is awarded by the Financial Aid Office, but is disbursed by the ACC Business Office. If you have financial aid in excess of your tuition/fees, a check for the balance will be mailed to you approximately six weeks after the start of the semester. Financial Aid awards made for the academic year are usually disbursed in two installments; one each semester, assuming you are registered for the number of hours on which your financial aid award was based.
Summer School and Financial Aid: You will have some Pell funds remaining if you attended less than full time during the fall or spring semester. You can expect to receive an email notification of remaining funds by April. In the event you have used all of your funds but still have need for the summer semester, you may apply for a part-time scholarship. These are awarded as funds are available. To fill out the scholarship application, please click HERE.
The ACC Financial Aid Office is located in Room G118, on the first floor of the Gee Building.
If you have any questions, please stop by, call at 336-506-4340 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org