Disbursement Dates & Refunds

You should begin receiving funds at the start of the semester if you followed the Online Services steps to accept an award offer and complete any additional requirements.

Disbursement schedule

Paying for classes

You may need to pay for your classes if you're awaiting a financial aid offer.

Flex Entry Courses

Students enrolled in a course that has an end date past the regular semester (fall, spring or summer) will not be able to receive additional financial aid for the following semester until those classes end and successfully completed. Example: 16-week session class with this date 09/22/14-02/15/15. If a student registers for the spring 2015 semester, financial aid will not be able to disburse funds for the spring until the student successfully completes the fall class(es) and grades are posted after 02/15/15.

Non-attendance

Instructors must certify your class attendance in order to qualify for financial aid. You will be directed to repay financial aid for any uncertified class attendance. Go to Online Services and check My Class Schedule to confirm your class certification.

If you do not plan to attend ACC

If you do not plan to attend ACC, it is your responsibility to drop your classes before they begin or you will be responsible for repaying any tuition and fees.

Unused scholarships

Contact the scholarship coordinator if you do not plan to continue your studies and would like unused funds returned to the donor.

How much you receive

The amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive depends on the number of credit hours you take. Your initial financial aid offer is based on enrollment in 9-11 credit hours. The amount changes if you take more or fewer hours. The final amount is based on your enrollment on the census date for your semester or session.

Federal Pell grants may be increased, reduced, or canceled based on your enrollment. Your Federal Direct Student Loan eligibility will not be changed unless you are enrolled in fewer than 6 credit hours. 

Scholarship awards are a fixed amount, and are not based on the number of hours you take.

Financial Aid Offer vs. Actual Award
Your actual award is based on your enrollment at census date for your term. Overpayment resulting from reduced credits at the census date must be returned to the college.
ProgramAward offer12+ credits9-11 credits6-8 credits3-5 credits
Pell Grant $2,117 $2,822 $2,117 $1,411 $705
FSEOG $300 $300 $300 $300 $0
TPEG $300 $300 $300 $300 $0
TEXAS Grant $750 $750 $750 $0 $0
TEOG Grant $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $0
Work-study $2,220 $2,220 $2,220 $2,220 $0

Financial aid refunds

Funds that remain after deducting what you owe are refunded to you through the ACC Onecard.

Scholarship limitations

If your scholarship guidelines do not allow refunds, ACC moves unused funds to the next semester or returns them to the outside donor.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education students receive financial aid refunds by mail at the address on file in the Admissions & Records Office. Check Online Services to confirm your address is correct.