If you do not have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent, you may still be eligible for financial aid through an option called Ability-to-Benefit (ATB). To use this option, you must meet certain eligibility criteria regarding prior college enrollment and can be considered under former Ability-to-Benefit regulations as outlined below.
If you were enrolled in an eligible postsecondary program prior to July 1, 2012, you can become eligible through one of the ATB alternatives:
- passed an approved ability-to-benefit test, OR
- successfully completed at least six credit hours or equivalent course work toward a degree or certificate (you may not receive aid while earning the six credit hours)
For more information regarding Ability-to-Benefit regulations, review IFAP Student Aid Handbook, Chapter 1, Volume 1. If you have questions regarding this topic, contact the MJC Student Financial Services at 209-575-7700 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.