What is the Ability to Benefit Program?

The Ability to Benefit program offers an opportunity for students without a high school credential to earn both a college credential (technical diploma or associate degree) and a high school equivalency diploma (HSED) at the same time.

Who is Eligible for Ability to Benefit?

Ability to Benefit is for adult students who:

  • Do not have a high school credential, or did not graduate from an accredited high school
  • Want to enroll in an eligible CVTC college program and want to apply for financial aid
  • Can demonstrate college readiness by passing the ATB Accuplacer Assessment

What is the ATB Accuplacer Assessment?

The ATB Accuplacer assessment is a test of basic reading comprehension, writing, and math skills. The federal government requires that all students who do not have a high school diploma or G.E.D. must demonstrate passing scores on this assessment before they are eligible to receive Title IV Financial Aid.

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