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Are you worried about paying for college? You’re not alone and we want to help. Start here, explore your options and know the types of aid that are out there. You may be surprised at how much assistance you can receive.

The Many Ways to Pay

The term financial aid can mean different things to different people. There are two basic types of aid: gift and self-help. Gift aid, such as scholarships and grants, is “free” and does not need to be paid back. Self-help aid includes loans (private and federal), work-study and payment plans. This type of aid requires something from you. 

As you’ll see below, there are a variety of options available to you when it comes to funding a college education at AACC. You should be able to find one – or a combination of two or more – that fit your needs.

Grants and Scholarships

Each academic year, approximately $500,000 in scholarships is awarded to AACC students, with individual awards ranging from $200 to $5,000. Every student at AACC is eligible to apply, and most students are better qualified than they think. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

Learn more about grants and scholarships.

AACC Credit Payment Plan

Interest-free tuition payment plans are available for credit courses. You can sign up for a payment plan on MyAACC.

Learn more about our credit payment plan.


Loans are a type of financial aid that must be repaid. Student loans are available through the federal government and private institutions. It’s important to know the difference and the pros and cons of each. Loans can help with tuition, fees, books and more.

Learn more about loans.

Student Employment Programs

There are many interesting job opportunities on AACC's campus that allow students to earn money for educational and living expenses while going to school. Jobs are available regardless of whether your FAFSA demonstrates financial need.

Learn more about student employment programs.

Military and Veterans Benefits

At AACC, we’re honored to serve those who have served our country. Our financial aid staff or the advisors in the Military/Veteran Resource Center can explain your VA education benefits and help you through the process of accessing them. 

Learn more about military and veterans benefits.


There are financial waivers available for those in the foster care program, seniors and those with documented disabilities. Different application requirements apply to each group.

Learn more about financial waivers.

Learn more about costs, financial aid, scholarships and paying your bill.