To qualify for financial aid, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Enroll or be accepted at Austin Community College. (Your ACC application must be on file.)
- Major in an eligible program of study and take eligible courses. See ineligible or partially eligible programs and classes.
- Meet Selective Service requirements, if applicable.
- Not be in default on any federal student loan or owe a federal grant repayment.
- Not be convicted for possession or sale of illegal drugs while receiving federal aid.
- Meet FAFSA criteria for financial need (for most financial aid programs). Estimate your financial need.
- Maintain academic standards of progress for financial aid students.
Additional factors that limit financial aid
- If you received a Pell Grant for more than six years, you are no longer eligible for this award.
- If you have high student loan debt, you may be denied additional loans. See maximum loan debt limits.
Courses not on your degree plan
What if I enroll in a course that is not on my degree plan?
You may enroll in a class not on your plan; however, it will not be eligible for financial aid. You are responsible for paying any difference between the financial aid you receive and the tuition you owe. You must pay the amount owed or set up a payment plan by your tuition deadline or you will be dropped from classes.
Generally, you are encouraged to avoid taking courses that are not on your degree plan.
Exceptions: Prerequisites that are required for a course on your degree plan. Example: Math 2412 is a prerequisite to Math 2413 Calculus I.
What if I need to enroll in Developmental Education courses, will financial aid pay for these?
What if I'm planning to transfer instead of earning a degree?
How do I know if a course is on my degree plan?
Finally, you should confirm that your student record reflects your current major and catalog year. To check, log in to Online Services and click Student Statuses (under Academic Planning).
If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you must submit a maximum time frame appeal when applying for aid.
- Pick up an appeal form at any campus Financial Aid Office.
- You are ineligible to receive grants but may be eligible for loans.
Co-enrolled or summer transfer students must obtain financial aid from their home college or university. To apply financial aid to your ACC classes, contact your home institution to request a consortium agreement.