Financial Aid Steps

Financial Aid Steps


Financial Aid Priority Deadline

If your application is complete by the priority deadline of April 15th, 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 priority deadline.

Apply as early as possible to ensure that your application is processed before the payment deadline.

Financial Aid applications are accepted throughout the year; however, some funds are limited and awarded on the first-come first-serve basis. Apply early for the best opportunities. 

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.

Click here to access the FSA ID creation page.

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 utilize the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import your tax information directly into your FAFSA. Using the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) can save you considerable time, effort, and paperwork once your application has been received by ACC. You will be prompted to use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) during the FAFSA process

Click here to access the FAFSA application online.


  • 2020-2021 FAFSA (Available October 1, 2019) for the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 semesters. You will need your (and your parents' if applicable) 2018 tax records to complete the application


  • 2021-2022 FAFSA (Available October 1, 2020) for the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022 semesters. You will need your (and your parents' if applicable) 2019 tax records to complete the application.

Once ACC has received and reviewed the results of your FAFSA, you will receive an email with instructions and a list of required documents (if needed). Submit all required documents to ACC at one time. Documents may be submitted in one of the following ways:
  • Via email, by sending all documents to Please include your full name and ACC ID Number in the email.
  • Via fax, 281-756-3840. Please include your full name and ACC ID Number on all pages.
  • In person, at the ACC Financial Aid Office.
  • Schedule a virtual visit through the Financial Aid homepage of the ACC Website.

I turned in all of my documents to the Financial Aid Office...What happens now?

Be sure to check your email regularly. ACC’s primary form of communication with students is email: we only send emails to the address that you have on file with the Admissions Office. 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”. 


ACC sends all Award Notifications via email to the address on file with the Admissions Office.

Login to the ACC POD to check your aid status, to register for classes, check your balance, set up direct deposit with your bank account, and check if your refund has been sent to you. 

If you have money left over after your aid is applied to your tuition and fees, you may use the credit balance to purchase books and supplies (check the ACC POD to determine your balance). There are two options to get your books and supplies:

Use your credit balance at the ACC Bookstore. Check the "Deadlines Disbursements, and Refunds" section of the ACC POD Financial Aid page for the dates that your aid will be available at the ACC Bookstore.
Wait for your financial aid refund to be sent to you.  Refund dates are posted on the "Deadlines Disbursements, and Refunds" section of the ACC POD Financial Aid page.

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 and could necessitate further review and paperwork. Contact a Financial Aid Advisor before making changes to your FAFSA.