If your application is complete by the deadline (listed below), your application will be given PRIORITY STATUS. Priority applications are processed in time for tuition and fee payment. To be considered complete, you must complete all of the steps below by the deadline.
If your application is not complete by the deadline, your aid may not be available for tuition and fee payment. Be prepared to use personal funds for payment.
Fall Semester April 1st
Spring Semester October 1st
Summer Semester March 1st
Step 1: Complete the Admissions Process
Step 2: Create an FSA ID
- Complete an ACC Admissions application. You must be fully admitted in order for your financial aid eligibility to be determined.
- Submit official transcripts from all previous schools.
- File a degree or certificate plan with an Academic Advisor.
You must create an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) to electronically sign the FAFSA. For a dependent student, your parents should also create an FSA ID, so that they can electronically sign the FAFSA. For those who do not already have an FSA ID, one can be created on the FSA ID website. A FAFSA that has not been submitted with the required signature(s) will be rejected by the Department of Education and cannot be processed.
Step 3: Complete the FAFSA
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only government-approved application for determining your eligibility for aid. The FAFSA is available online. If you list the ACC school code (003539), we will download your information electronically from the Federal Central Processing Center.
Please complete the appropriate FAFSA. YOU ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO USE THE IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL TO COMPLETE THE TAX INFORMATION ON THE FAFSA. USING THE IRS DATA RETRIEVAL TOOL WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND PAPERWORK ONCE YOUR APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL. YOU WILL BE PROMPTED TO USE THE TOOL DURING THE FAFSA COMPLETION.
Step 4: Submit all required documents
- 2015-2016 FAFSA for the Fall 2015, Spring 2016, and Summer 2016 semesters. You need your (and your parents' if applicable) 2014 federal tax return and income to complete the application.
- 2014-2015 FAFSA for the Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 semesters. You need your (and your parents' if applicable) 2013 federal tax return and income to complete the application.
- In person, at the ACC Enrollment Services Center (Bldg. A)
- Via email by scanning your documents and sending them as an attachment. Please include your full name and ACC ID Number in all emails.
- Via fax, 281-756-3840. Please include your full name and ACC ID Number at the top of each page.
- Check your email. ACC’s only form of communication with students is email, and we only send email to the address that you have on file with the ESC. You will be contacted by the Financial Aid Office via email if we have questions about your application, need additional information, if you requested a student loan, or to provide you with other important information. Many of our emails are sent out as mass communications, so be sure to check your junk mail or spam folder and mark ACC emails as “safe”.
- Check WebAccess. Login to WebACCess to check your aid status, to register for classes, check your balance, and check if your refund has been sent to you.
- Financial aid can only be used to pay for classes if they are needed for your ACC DEGREE/CERTIFICATE plan. Taking extra classes that are not required can prevent you from receiving aid. Please review the Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for details. Run a PROGRAM EVALUATION in WebACCess to determine which classes you need before you register each semester. Meet with an Academic Advisor if you have questions about which classes are required.
- If you have money left over after your aid is applied to your tuition and fees, you may use the balance to purchase books and supplies (check WebACCess to determine your balance). There are two options to get your books and supplies:
- Use your remaining balance at the ACC Bookstore. Check the Latest News section on the ACC Financial Aid website for dates that your aid will be available at the ACC Bookstore, OR,
- Wait for your aid refund check to be mailed to you. Students with aid balances on the first day of class will have their refunds mailed first. Refund dates are posted to the Latest News section of the ACC Financial Aid website.
- Beginning the first day of class, dropping or withdrawing from classes can have a negative effect on your financial aid, and you may even owe money back to ACC or the federal government. You are responsible for meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements, so please review the policy for full details. Ask a Financial Aid Advisor before dropping or withdrawing from classes.
- Earning less than a “C” in your classes may have a negative effect of your financial aid, and you may even owe money back to ACC or the federal government. Grades of “F”, “I”, “IP”, “R”, and “S” can also prevent you from receiving aid. You are responsible for meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements, so please review the policy for full details.
- Ask before making changes to your FAFSA.Adding an additional school to your FAFSA will not affect your eligibility (although you must cancel your aid at ACC before using it at another school). However, changes to your income, marital status, family members, or other data may change the amount of aid that you receive. Ask a Financial Aid Advisor before making changes to your FAFSA.
Financial Aid Office