Steps to Complete Financial Aid

Be ready for the academic year beginning with fall. It is time to apply for FAFSA.  Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on

Students and parents will have the ability to have their federal income tax information transferred directly from the IRS to the FAFSA processing center. The IRS data transfer will expedite the financial aid processing for students and can be authorized when completing the FAFSA initially, or by revising it later. Students selected for FAFSA verification will no longer be able to submit copies of the IRS tax return directly to the Financial Aid Office. Instead, they must request an IRS tax transcript ( from the IRS and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. This will cause delays in processing the aid awards for students selected for verification who failed to authorize the IRS data transfer on the FAFSA.

You must have applied for FAFSA before the fall semester begins and brought in any documents to complete your file by the first week of school. Attendance to class will be suspended with unexcused absences until your financial aid package is complete.


IRS Tax Transcripts


·        Step #1 - In order to receive Federal aid, all students must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at This allows your application to be processed to meet deadlines.

·        Step #2 - The Entrance Loan Counseling must be completed at (This is per school attending and once this is completed for ABU, it will not be necessary to complete again during your enrollment.)

·        Step #3 - The Master Promissory note must be completed at

·        Step #4 – Admissions Office – Please make sure you have all documents completed in your admissions file. We cannot take possession of your financial aid until everything is CLEAR with the Admissions Office.

For more information regarding Financial Aid, contact Cindy Treat, Financial Aid Officer at 817.987.1706 or

Verification Process

The Department of Education will randomly select students for financial aid verification. You will be notified if you are chosen via your email. If chosen, there are additional documents that you will need to provide to the Financial Aid Department at ABU.

  • Verificiaton Worksheets - either the Dependent or the Independent depending on how you filed your FAFSA. (Form links are below)
  • IRS 2016 Transcript or in the FAFSA application you link your FAFSA to the IRS.

**Additional documents may be requested at later dates.

Independent Verification Worksheet 

Dependent Verification Worksheet

If you have any questions regarding whether you have been chosen for verification or questions regarding the verification process, please contact Cindy Treat at




  • Academic Scholarships - Click Here for Scholarship Applications and Here for Scholarship Information
  • Summer Financial Aid Priority Deadlines - March 15, 2017
  • Fall Financial Aid Priority Deadlines - July 1, 2017
  • Spring Financial Aid Priority Deadlines, if not previously applied September 1, 2017

For more information regarding scholarships, contact Melissa Hayward at