Since the class is no longer on your schedule, your financial aid may need to be adjusted. If a class is canceled, however, you would have an opportunity to register for a different class and avoid changes to your financial aid.
How long will it take to receive my financial aid?
The average processing time is three (3) to four (4) weeks once all documents are submitted. Processing could take longer if you apply for financial aid after the priority date.
Can I get a loan without applying for financial aid?
You will receive a refund of any financial aid that remains after tuition and fees are paid. This refund can be used for other costs associated with going to college, including textbooks, supplies, and expenses such as rent. See refunds & disbursements.
Can I receive financial aid for summer classes?
Yes. Grants (free money), loans (borrowed money), and work-study (part-time work) are all offered to students over the summer. However, some funds are given on a first come, first served basis and/or subject to annual limits. Learn More
Summer is considered the final semester of the academic year, so you must submit the current FAFSA to apply for summer funds.
NOTE: If you are transferring to ACC for only the summer semester, you are not eligible to receive financial aid at Austin Community College. You may be able to obtain financial aid from your home college or university.
Where can I find a list of helpful financial aid websites?
We know financial aid can be confusing, so we have put together a list of financial resources to make this process easier for you.
Federal Student Aid This website is your one-stop destination for all things financial aid including understanding your financial aid, applying for aid, completing additional requirements, and managing your loans. These resources and more are all available at StudentAid.gov:
Can I get aid after I earn a certificate or associate degree?
Earning a certificate or associate degree will not keep you from receiving aid. For example, earning a real estate certificate will not keep you from receiving aid for a real estate associate degree. Keep in mind, there is a maximum number of hours for which you can receive aid in relation to your current major. All previously attempted hours (including hours for a previously earned certificate/associate) must count toward this maximum. For more information about this maximum time frame, refer to our Academic Standards.
Raise your GPA and completion rate to the minimum standards. (Notify the Financial Aid Office when you believe you have met the requirements for your aid to be reinstated.) OR
Receive approval of a submitted appeal.
Why do I have different GPAs?
Your GPA for financial aid will differ from your GPA with the Admissions & Record Office (A&R) when you repeat a class(es) for which you've already earned a grade of A, B, C, D, or F. When calculating your GPA, A&R "replaces" all other grades with the highest grade earned for the class. But Financial Aid does not replace the previously earned grades. All grades earned for repeated classes are included when Financial Aid calculates your GPA for aid eligibility.
Yes. Students receiving financial aid must have a higher completion rate (67 percent) than the students not receiving aid. A grade of F counts as an incomplete class in financial aid calculations.
Application & verification
Are there deadlines to apply for financial aid?
You must complete your FAFSA before your last day of classes in order to receive aid for that academic year. Because some types of funds are limited, we recommend you complete your application by the priority date. If you apply after the priority date, be prepared to pay the cost of tuition when you register. If you are asked to verify your FAFSA information, you have up to 120 days after your last day of class for the academic year or until the deadline published by the U.S. Department of Education, whichever is earlier, to submit verification requirements.
How often do I apply for financial aid?
Apply once each academic year. ACC’s academic year starts with fall semester and ends with summer semester. The FAFSA is available each Oct. 1 for the next academic year.
Can I fill out a FAFSA before I register at ACC?
Yes, you can submit the FAFSA any time after Oct. 1 - even if you have not yet registered at ACC. Please visit austincc.edu/fasteps to review the steps to apply for financial aid.
We also recommend applying for admission at ACC as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing your financial aid. The Financial Aid Office cannot process your application for financial aid until you have completed all enrollment requirements described in Step 2 here.
How do I apply for a student loan?
When you complete the FAFSA, your eligibility for federal loans will be determined. You do not need to complete a separate application (except for the PLUS loan). When you review your financial aid offer posted in Self-Service Financial Aid, you can accept or reject the student loan(s) offered. If you accept the loans, you must complete the online entrance counseling and promissory note.
What is a Student Aid Report?
You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) after your FAFSA is processed. An SAR contains your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is based on your family's financial circumstances and is used to determine your eligibility for federal aid for the upcoming academic year. ACC uses this number to decide how much financial aid you are eligible to receive.
You can request a student loan reinstatement if the request is submitted no less than 30 days prior to the end of the loan period. Submit a student loan request through Self-Service. Allow 10-12 business days for processing. Check ACCmail for notices and respond promptly to avoid delays.
Some students are randomly selected for verification. Others are selected because of inconsistencies reported on the FAFSA such as high taxes paid compared to income or high number of family members in college as compared to the total household size, etc.