Continuing Students

ABOUT Continuing Students

If you are requesting all possible federal funds and/or state funds (PELL, SEOG, Work Study, HOPE, Zell Miller, and/or Direct Student Loans, and Direct Parent PLUS Loans), you MUST complete a FAFSA application.

HOPE recipients may opt to only complete the GSFAPP (Georgia State Financial Application.  Students who opt for HOPE funds, must also complete the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship Only Waiver.   Please note that  the GFSAPP is for state aid only; no federal aid, including Federal Direct Loans, will be available when completing this application.

If you were not eligible for HOPE out of high school or lost HOPE funds, and you now have a 3.0 or higher GPA at one of three checkpoints (30/60/90 credit hours), you can re-apply for HOPE.  Complete the HOPE Evaluation Form and submit it to our  Office of Financial Aid for re-evaluation.


Financial Aid Steps for Continuing Students

Financial Aid Application Process: Step-by-Step

1. Renew your Federal Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA):

The FAFSA is good for one aid academic year, which is Fall, Spring, and Summer. A new FAFSA is released by the U.S. Department of Education every year on October 1st for the following year. If you complete the form online, it will be processed, and your information will be released to our office. It typically takes 3-5 business days for your FAFSA to be sent to us. If you complete the FAFSA by hand, please submit it to the Department of Education for processing (Federal Student Aid Programs, PO BOX 4691, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-0059).

NOTE: Processing time can take up to three weeks or longer depending on the time of year for online submission and six weeks or longer if submitting the paper application by mail. Your information will be available with current updates through Banner. Please check BANNER for ALL updates.

>Renew the FAFSA

2.  Submit Supporting Documentation

If you have been selected by the U.S. Department of Education for verification, you will need to submit additional documentation in order for us to verify that your application is correct. If we need further information, we’ll send you an email. You must submit all requested documents before we can finalize your financial aid award, so be sure to get them to us as soon as possible.

>Check Financial Aid Status

3.  Wait for you Award Letter

Once you have been awarded, an award letter will be emailed to you through your ABAC email account with award amounts.
NOTE:  Please read the award letter thoroughly.
Keep in mind that if anything changes on the account, the awards can also change. Your information will be available with current updates through Banner. Please check BANNER for ALL updates.

If you have been awarded federal and/or state funds (i.e. HOPE, PELL, SEOG, scholarships, etc.), these are automatically applied on your account once you have registered for classes. (Some of these amounts may be adjusted if enrollment status changes by adding or dropping classes).
NOTE:  Please check with a financial aid representative if you are interested in the federal work study program to see if you are eligible.

Your award aid will also be posted in Banner.  Aid is authorized to accounts of students who are registered for courses.

If you are not requesting any loans, you have completed the financial aid process!

Loans are offered in the award packaging.  For more information, see Student and Parent Loans.

Once awarded, you can use your excess aid to purchase books and supplies in the ABAC Bookstore. Excess funds for financial aid awards are usually refunded after the fourth week of classes if you are not a new student or first-time loan borrower. If you are a first-time loan borrower, or have a single-term loan, your excess will be refunded around mid-term.

Deadlines to Apply

Every year, continuing students enrolled for the following Fall semester will receive information regarding the “Road Map to Funding Your Education” and the “June 1st Deadline.” Continuing students are required to complete ONE of the three payment methods by June 1st to secure their course schedule for the Fall term. Students who do not have, at least, ONE of the three payment methods on file by June 1st will have their course schedule dropped, and will not be eligible to re-register until they have satisfied one of the payment methods.

  1. Complete FAFSA and/or verification, if selected; OR
  2. Pay a $500 deposit for the Fall semester; OR
  3.  Sign a Nelnet Plan Contract for a payment plan option.

For more information on the “Road Map,” making payments and/or a Nelnet Payment plan, please visit the Office of Student Accounts.

ABAC Scholarship Application Process

Incoming and current students will be considered for all ABAC scholarships by completing the ABAC Foundation Scholarship Application.  It is not necessary to apply for individual ABAC scholarships separately.  Once all required documentation is submitted, the College will then make selections based on the awards criteria available.  Because scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

2019-2020 ABAC Scholarship Application