The Academy of Careers and Technology is honored to participate in Federal Financial Aid to help students in our community obtain the career of their choice. Unlike many institutions ACT focuses on the academics and skills required to make you successful in your chosen vocation. Many programs result in a credential or license that helps in your employ-ability.
ACT only participates in grant programs not loan programs.
Federal PELL Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who display financial need as determined by the federal application linked in the “Complete your FAFSA application” below.
A Federal PELL Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances.
This is for the PELL Grant. ACT does not participate in any student loan programs.
ACT’s school code is 015748
HEAPS Workforce Development: As of the 2016-17 academic year, HEAPS WD is the last funding source applied to a student’s account. Institutions are to subtract all scholarships and grants the student is receiving in the award year or payment period the student is awarded HEAPS WD funds towards the program cost for the award year, or payment period. If there is a remaining balance of direct costs, then a student can utilize HEAPS WD up to the direct cost of their program.
Due to HEAPS WD being a program designed for short-term certification programs, each award will be looked at only based on that individual year in which the student begins the program. HEAPS WD in combination with other scholarships and grants should never exceed a student’s direct costs. Students are not able to receive the West Virginia Higher Education Grant Award, HEAPS Part-Time or HEAPS WD during the same payment period or during overlapping payment periods (W.Va. Code §133-42-8-4).
Eligible residents of Raleigh County and several neighboring counties have received training at ACT through this federally funded program.
WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.
Our Local Contact:
West Virginia Job Service
200 Value City Center
Beckley, WV 25801
Many programs offered at the Academy of Careers and Technology are approved to accept and train veterans who qualify.
Any student wishing to use VA Benefits must:
1. Supply a VA Certificate of Eligibility
2. Supply all official transcripts related to all previous post-secondary education or training
3. Complete ACT’s VA Student Prior Credit Evaluation Form
Once all documents are complete VA benefits will be estimated and place on student’s cost sheet. Once VA funding is received the student will be notified of any award differences and if needed a new cost sheet will be developed and signed.
VA students will not:
• Be prevented from enrolling
• Be assessed any late penalty fees
• Be required to secure alternative or additional funding
• Be denied access to any school resources that are available to other students
ACT will accept, review, and maintain a written record of previous education and training submitted from students using VA educational benefits. Such materials will be reviewed to determine if credit toward completion of the desired program is possible.
VA will only pay benefits retroactive one year from the date of claim. Students are encouraged to apply for VA benefits as soon as possible.
STUDENTS WITH FINANCIAL AID
It is the student’s responsibility to make appointments with the financial aid office to check on and finalize all student financial aid. Once a student’s financial aid has been finalized, it will be placed on his or her cost sheet, which in turn re-adjusts the payment plan. (The student will know their financial aid is finalized by the signing of the award letter and/or the cost sheet). If the student is unable to finalize financial aid before the start of school the student will be considered a self-pay student until aid is finalized.
Verification is the confirmation through documentation that the information provided on a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is correct. Students who are chosen for verification must have all required documentation submitted to the school no later than seven days before the scheduled first day of class. Financial Aid cannot be finalized before the start of class for students who submit documentation later than seven days prior to the scheduled start of class. These students will be considered a self-pay student until aid is finalized.
Self-pay students are required to make the first full payment by the first day of class. Students who do not or cannot make the first payment may reapply for the next scheduled program start.
ACT works hard to keep program costs low and has developed payment plans for all programs. Students who have no financial aid or whose financial aid has not been finalized by the start of class must pay the first payment to be enrolled in their desired program. (The student will know his or her financial aid is finalized by the signing of the award letter and/or the cost sheet)
The payment plan is the student’s responsibility to maintain. Every student is given a copy of his or her cost sheet, which includes the amounts and dates on which payments are due. Any student who is two payments behind MUST make an appointment with the Adult Coordinator within ten days of missing the second payment to make arrangements for payment. After the ten-day period and without approved arrangements, the student will be prevented from attending class and will be counted absent. These absences will count toward the student’s attendance record and the allowable 10% absenteeism.
Any amount over the required payment will be applied to the ending balance on the account, not the next payment. Students wishing to make advanced payments must make an appointment with the adult coordinator or the financial aid advisor.
ACT also accepts financial aid from the following agencies:
• Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation
• Worker’s Compensation Fund
• Higher Education for Adult Part-time Students
• Individual Scholarships
• Student Payment Plan