Financial Aid Steps

Before You Get Started

Apply to be an ACC student at austincc.edu/apply. The Financial Aid Office cannot process your application for financial aid until you have completed all enrollment requirements described in Step 2.

Steps to Apply

Begin the FAFSA as soon as possible starting October 1 each year. The FAFSA is available a whole year in advance and will cover the following school year: fall, spring, and summer.

Follow the simple step-by-step process below to apply for the following types of aid through the FAFSA.

  • Grants (free money)
  • Loans (borrowed money)
  • Work-study (part-time work)

You can also apply for scholarships at: austincc.edu/scholarships.

  • 1. Submit Your Application
    • Submit the FAFSA at StudentAid.gov each year in October to cover the next school year: fall, spring, & summer.

      • If needed, create an FSA ID and password to sign your FAFSA.
      • Enter ACC’s federal school code 012015 in the school information section.
      • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if applicable

      Non-citizens and undocumented students
      If you are not a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, you are not eligible for federal aid and cannot submit the FAFSA. If you are an undocumented student with Texas residency status, follow these instructions to apply for state aid.

  • 2. Track Your Status
    • Track your status via ACCmail and Self-Service Financial Aid. Additional documents may be required after you apply for aid. It takes 3-5 business days for your FAFSA to be received by ACC, and a few weeks to process your application after all documents have been submitted to the college.

      Visit austincc.edu/faforms to learn how you can submit and upload required financial aid documents online.

      NOTE: Failure to respond promptly to financial aid notices will delay your application.
  • 3. Accept Your Reward
    • You'll get an ACCmail notice when a financial aid offer is ready to review. You will visit Self-Service to:

      • Indicate whether you accept or reject each type of financial aid that’s offered.
      • Review disclosure information about your award offer.

      IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS

      Paying for Classes with Financial Aid

      Financial aid can be used to help secure your courses. If your financial aid is not enough to cover your balance, there are also payment options available. Learn more at austincc.edu/tuition (see “Payment Options” > “Financial Aid”).

      NOTE: Failure to accept aid may cause you to be dropped from your classes for non-payment of tuition and fees.

      Financial Aid Adjustments
      Financial aid awards are subject to change based on your enrollment (i.e. course selection, number of classes, etc.).  For example, students are initially offered financial aid based on full-time enrollment, so your awards may be reduced if you enroll less than full-time. Please see “Refunds & Disbursements” for more information about financial aid adjustments based on enrollment.

      NOTE: Only classes on your declared degree plan are eligible for financial aid, so this may also cause financial aid adjustments. Please see "Eligibility" for more details.

      Student Loans
      To receive student loans, you must complete entrance counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN). For assistance, follow these instructions. Allow up to three business days for ACC to record your completion of the entrance counseling and MPN.

  • 4. Receive Your Funds
    • If you followed the steps above, you should begin receiving funds at the start of your semester. ACC directly pays your tuition and fees from your financial aid award; refunds are processed the following week.

      ACC partners with BankMobile to deliver your refund. It is important to choose a refund delivery preference whether or not you expect a refund. 

      Set up your BankMobile account.

Payment Notice: If the amount of your accepted financial aid award is not enough to cover your outstanding tuition and fees, you will need to pay the difference on Self-Service or set up a payment plan by the tuition deadline. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 512-223-4636 to set up a no money down payment plan by using your aid as the first payment. Learn more at austincc.edu/tuition.

Submitting Additional Financial Aid Documents

ACC routinely checks financial aid applications for information verification. If additional documents are required to process your financial aid application, we will contact you by ACCmail and on Self-Service Financial Aid. Please ONLY submit documents if they are requested by the Financial Aid Office. If you have questions along the way, contact us at 512-223-4636.

Where to Submit Forms

Students can submit and upload required financial aid documents online. Visit Self-Service to review your missing documents and submit required information.

NOTE: You will be directed to ACC’s StudentForms portal after accessing your information in Self-Service. If this is your first time visiting StudentForms, you will need to create an account. The information you enter to create your account must match what you put on your FAFSA. Learn more at austincc.edu/faforms.