Incoming First-Year Students

ABOUT Incoming First-Year 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.

Financial Aid Steps for Incoming First-Year Students

1. Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID:

Both you and at least one parent should apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID which will be used every year on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and on Master Promissory Notes (MPNs) for federal student loans.  If you’re a current student and have previously submitted the FAFSA, you should already have an FSA ID.

Create a New FSA ID


2.  Complete the Federal Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA):

If you completed the form online and included the ABAC school code (001541) on the application, it will be processed and then 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 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.

Once your FAFSA information has been received, we will contact you through your ABAC email address. Required documents will also be listed on Banner.

Complete the FAFSA


3.  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


4.  Wait for your Award Letter

Once you have been awarded Financial Aid, an award letter will be emailed to you through your ABAC email account with award amounts.

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).

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 Stallion Shop (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

Priority deadlines are dates set to give ample time for processing before the payment deadlines.  FAFSA applications, verification documentation, etc. turned in after priority deadlines will be processed, but there is no guarantee that the application and awarding process will be completed by payment deadlines.  In this case, students should have alternative funding in place to guarantee their registration status.

Priority Deadline for Fall 2019 Admittance – April 15, 2019

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