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Financial Aid Information

Atlantic Technical College accepts Florida Pre-Paid college plans and Bright Futures Scholarships from those students who qualify.

    Director, Office of Financial Aid:
    Soraya Aleman 754-321-5185

    Financial Aid Office Hours:
    Monday – Friday:  8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    (By appointment only)

    Financial aid programs are designed to provide assistance to eligible individuals who have the ability to benefit from training and who, without assistance, would be unable to afford to attend.

    We believe the primary responsibility for financing education lies first with the student and their family.  When the total resources they can provide do not meet expenses, the College will do everything possible to assist so that the student will not be denied an education.

    Selection of students to receive financial assistance is made without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, or handicap.

    Applicants for financial assistance must complete the free Application for Federal Student Aid Booklet.  They must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or demonstrate the ability to benefit from job preparatory training.  Students are required to maintain satisfactory progress in order to continue to receive assistance.

    Type(s) and amount of financial aid a student receives is dependent upon the  cost of attendance minus the student/family contributions as determined by a needs analysis, and may include:

    • Federal PELL Grant & Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
      A need-based trust fund for non-PELL eligible students.  Recipients must have a financial need as determined by Federal application processing and must  be a Florida resident.
    • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
    • Veterans Benefits (VA)
    • Scholarships

    The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federal TRIO program that was first funded in 1998 to provide counseling and information about the college admission process to adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. Broward College received a grant to administer the EOC program which opened its doors in 2017.

    The objective of the EOC program is to increase postsecondary education enrollment among Broward County adults.  We work on behalf of all postsecondary institutions.  We provide support and resources to assist Broward County adults with overcoming academic and financial barriers to beginning (or returning to complete) their postsecondary education.

    The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants, in order to improve their likelihood of success. Please click on the link and complete the form to get started.

    The TRIO Educational Opportunity Center serves:

    1. Residents from one of eleven target zip codes based on the home address indicated on the EOC application:  33009, 33021, 33024, 33060, 33064, 33069, 33311, 33312, 33313, 33441, 33442
    2. Individuals who attend TRIO events held at one of our target zip codes, regardless of residency, must be a Broward County resident.

    Need help Paying for School? If you’re a Broward County resident you may be eligible to receive a scholarship for the entire amount of your tuition, books and supplies for occupational training here at Atlantic leading to an exciting high wage, in-demand career! To learn more visit GETCASH4SCHOOL.COM.

    Financial Aid Questions and Answers

    How will I know how much aid I qualify for?

    Contact the Financial Aid office to complete your Financial Aid File. Upon completion of your file you will be given an award letter stating the type of aid, amount and conditions of your award.

    Do I have to pay my fees up front?
    Yes, unless there is eligibility for financial aid. Atlantic Technical College does not have a payment plan.
    What happens if I decide to attend part-time?
    Your aid may be reduced or canceled in some cases in order to comply with regulations or eligibility requirements.
    What if I need to transfer from or to another school?
    As long as you are certificate seeking at ATC and the classes will be credited toward your ATC certificate, you may be eligible to receive assistance. Contact the ATC Financial Aid Office to see what forms you must complete and for which programs you may qualify.
    Does Atlantic Technical College do deferments for Federal Stafford Loans?
    Yes, but we do not certify student loans
    How will my fees be paid and what happens to the money that exceeds my fees?
    Approximately 3 weeks after school starts your aid will be applied to your tuition. Actual disbursement of financial aid checks is a function of the Controller’s Office as requested by the Financial Aid Office. Funds are disbursed twice in an academic year in the form of a check made out to the student. The amount of the student receives is the original amount of the check minus any tuition owed.
    If my fees were deferred, what will happen with my financial aid?
    The Controller’s Office will deduct any tuition fees you owe the school and give you the balance (see previous question).
    What happens if I don't do well in my classes?

    Financial aid regulations require that you make satisfactory academic progress. Generally, you must maintain a C Average, successfully complete your classes, and maintain attendance in accordance with Federal Regulations. If you do not, you may be placed on financial aid warning or denied future assistance. 

    How can I get information about my award?
    You can come to our office to get the information. Due to the Privacy Act, only general information can be given over the phone.
    The financial aid application asks for information about my parents but I do not receive any support from them. What do I do?

    Federal regulations require your eligibility to be based on your income and that of your parents’ unless you are 24 years old, married, or have legal dependents other than a spouse; are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces; an orphan; or ward of the court (or you were until age 18).

    What if I completely withdraw from classes, will I have to repay my financial aid?
    Yes, if you withdraw before 60% of the term is completed, you will be required to repay a percentage of the aid you received since the funds were awarded to meet educational expenses for the entire payment period.