Office of Student Financial Aid provides grants, loans, and
work-study to those students who may otherwise be unable to
attend college. The amount and type of aid a student may receive
depends on the availability of funds and the students
established financial need.
Minimum Requirements for Eligibility
Must have a high school diploma or GED (A student who has not
been awarded a high school diploma or GED may take an approved
test to determine ability to benefit).
Must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen.
Must be meeting satisfactory academic progress, as defined in
the Financial Aid Handbook.
Must be attending ACC for the purpose of obtaining a degree
or program certificate, or be enrolled in a transfer program
leading to a bachelors degree.
Must be enrolled for at least six hours each semester.
Check with the Campus Financial Aid Office for Pell Grant eligibility
based on less than half-time status.
Male applicants who are at least 18 years old and born after
December 31, 1960, must be registered with the Selective Service
as required by federal regulations.
Transient students attending ACC for the summer semester only
are not eligible for financial aid.
Applicants cannot be in default of a state or federal loan/or
in repayment of a state or federal grant.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid paper
application or file electronically on the web: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Complete the ACC Financial Aid Institutional Application available
at the Campus Financial Aid Offices or on the web: www.austin.cc.tx.us
- Click on the Student Services/Financial Aid link then Financial
Submit high school grade transcripts or GED certificate to the
Admissions Office. Copies of all college transcripts must be
submitted to the Financial Aid Office and the Admissions and
All hours attempted (including transfer hours) will be counted
towards the maximum 85-hour time frame at Austin Community College;
and the Admissions and Records Office must evaluate all transcripts.
Transfer students entering during the Spring or Summer semesters,
must submit a Financial Aid Transcript for each postsecondary
school attended whether financial aid was received or not.
Eligible noncitizens must provide proof of eligibility: I-94,
Students selected for verification must provide signed copies
of federal income tax returns (Parents, Student/Spouse).
FAFSA workshops are offered at the campuses for students needing
assistance in completing the form electronically. More information
is available at the campus Financial Aid Offices.
Additional information is available in the Financial Aid Handbook.
Students can still apply for financial aid after the priority
deadlines. These deadlines are established to allow ample time
for processing. Awards are made on a first-come first-served
basis. Federal Pell and/or Federal Stafford Loan/PLUS applications
will be processed after the priority dates. Late applicants
should be prepared to meet initial expenses (tuition, fees,
and books) from their own resources.
Return of Title IV Funds
What happens if I withdraw from all my classes?
As a result of the Reauthorization Act of 1998, a new federal
refund policy will require a student to repay a portion of their
financial aid that the student received but didnt earn
due to their complete withdrawal. The new law focuses on the
return of Title IV funds (PELL, FSEOG, FFEL Loans, Perkins Loans)
received for the time period during which the student was enrolled.
The school will determine the percentage of Title IV assistance
the student earned up through the 60 percent point in the semester.
The student will then be responsible for paying back the unearned
portion. If the student withdraws after the 60 percent point
in the semester, there is no federal refund required. Check
with the Financial aid office for more details.
Types of Aid Available
Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded program designed
for undergraduate students obtaining their first bachelors
degree. The amount of the Pell Grant depends on the students
effective family contribution and the number of hours for which
the student enrolls. The award will vary from $400 - $3,300.
This grant does not have to be repaid.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
is a federally funded program established to assist students
with exceptional need. Funds are limited, and there is no guarantee
that every eligible student will be able to receive this grant.
Austin Community College Student Grant (ACCSG) is funded
through tuition payments. Funds are limited, and there is no
guarantee that every eligible student will be able to receive
LEAP Grant is a combination of state and federal funds.
Funds are limited, and there is no guarantee that every eligible
student will be able to receive this grant.
Austin Community College Tuition Assistance Program is
established to assist economically disadvantaged students who
reside in the ACC District service area. It is designed to provide
assistance to pay tuition and fees beyond the level of an in-district
student. Economically disadvantaged students will be defined
as students who meet the Federal Eligibility for PELL Grant.
For PELL eligible students, this assistance will only be awarded
if the PELL grant funds are not available at the time tuition
payment is due. An eligible student may receive assistance to
pay for tuition and fees beyond the level of an in-district
Texas Tuition Assistance Grant (TTAG) is a grant award funded
through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. A student
must be a Texas resident, be enrolled on a full time basis,
must show financial need (low income), must have graduated from
a secondary school within the last two years, and must have
a secondary (high school) GPA equal to or greater than the equivalent
of 80 on a scale of 100. Available for renewal students only.
Grant Fund is a grant funded through the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board. A student must be a Texas resident, be a
graduate of a public or accredited private high school in Texas,
graduated not earlier than 1998-99 school year, completed the
recommended or advanced high school curriculum and have financial
need or have received an associate degree from an eligible institution
no earlier than May 1, 2001 and must re-enroll within 12 months
of receiving that degree. Check with the financial aid office
for additional requirements.
Texas New Horizon Scholarship is a grant funded through
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. A student must
be a Texas resident, be enrolled at least in a half time status,
must meet the academic progress requirements of the institution.
Please check with the Financial Aid Office for additional requirements.
Non-Texas residents should check with their home state for additional
information or other state programs.
Loans must be repaid. Students who are awarded any loan under
the Federal Educational Loan Program (FELP), will need to attend
a pre-loan counseling session. This session provides additional
information about the loan programs, monthly repayment, deferments,
grace period, and cancellations.
Federal Subsidized Stafford Student Loan is insured by
the federal government. This has a variable interest rate with
a six-month grace period, and minimum monthly repayment of $50.
Depending on the students established need, up to $2,625
may be borrowed during the freshman year, $3,500 during sophomore
year. Contact the ACC Financial Aid Office for required forms
and additional loan information.
Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loan is for students
who meet all other eligibility requirements but do not qualify
in whole or in part for a Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan.
Students will be responsible for all interest that accrues on
the loan from the date of disbursement forward.
Federal Parent Loan (PLUS) is available for parents of
dependent students to help pay for school costs. The interest
rate is a variable rate. Repayment of this loan begins 60 days
after disbursement of funds. The parent chooses his/her lender.
Applications and additional information are available at the
Student Financial Aid Office.
College Access Loan (CAL) is available to Texas residents
enrolled halftime and in good academic standing. A co-signer
is required. This is at 9% interest which will accrue (but not
capitalize) during enrollment. Repayment begins 6 months after
student ceases halftime enrollment. The loan is not need-based.
Annual loan limit is $7,500.
College Work-Study is a federal or state campus based program
offering students an opportunity to earn money through work.
This is available to undergraduate students who demonstrate
financial need. ACC pays an hourly rate beginning at $8.45 -
$9.81. A work-study student may not work more than 19 hours
All scholarships offered at ACC are made available by private
donors. For more information regarding scholarships, contact
the Student Financial Aid Office or the Scholarship website