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Glossary of Terms

Glossary is usually defined as an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge. This InfoBase glossary provides a collection of InfoBase documents that define many technical terms. These terms are arranged alphabetically, but you can quickly jump to a specific term by selecting its first letter from the index of the InfoBase glossary below.

E-Cashier
The online payment plan option for tuition and fees. Available only for Curriculum students (those students taking classes for college credit) at www.abtech.edu/payments.
Early College
Rigorous programs in which students can earn a high school diploma and Associate’s Degree simultaneously. Early college students start in the ninth grade and can complete the program in 5 years. A-B Tech has two partner early colleges: Buncombe County Early College, which is located on the main campus of A-B Tech in Asheville; and Madison Early College High School, which is located in Mars Hill.
Educational Plan
An arrangement made between the student and their advisor to determine which classes the student should take during the upcoming semester. Most students must have their advisor set up an educational plan before every semester in order to register for the upcoming semester. This ensures the student is taking classes that keeps them on track to completing their program of study in a timely manner.
Eligible Noncitizen
A U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swains Island), U.S. permanent resident (who has an I-151, I-551 or I-551C [Permanent Resident Card]), or an individual who has an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) showing one of the following designations:Refugee; Asylum Granted; Cuban-Haitian Entrant (Status Pending); Conditional Entrant" (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980); Victims of human trafficking, T-visa (T-2, T-3, or T-4, etc.) holder; Parolee (You must be paroled into the United States for at least one year and you must be able to provide evidence from the USCIS that you are in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and that you intend to become a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.) If you meet the noncitizen criteria above, you are eligible to receive federal student aid. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please check with the Financial Aid Office for more information.
Eligible Program
A program of organized instruction or study of a certain length that leads to an academic, professional, or vocational degree or certificate, or other recognized education credential.
Emancipated Minor
An individual (under the age of 18) who has legally been determined to be an adult by a court in his or her state of legal residence.
Endorser
An individual who does not have an adverse credit history and agrees to repay the loan if the borrower does not repay it.
Enka Site
The A-B Tech location at 1459 Sand Hill Rd, Candler, NC 28715.
Entrance Counseling
A mandatory information session which takes place before you receive your first federal student loan that explains your responsibilities and rights as a student borrower.
Exit Counseling
A mandatory information session which takes place when you graduate or attend school less than half-time that explains your loan repayment responsibilities and when repayment begins.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC or FC)
The number that’s used to determine your eligibility for federal student financial aid. This number results is determined by the U.S. Department of Education and is based on many factors from from the financial information you provided on your FAFSA. The higher your EFC, the less you may qualify for in federal Pell Grant funds. Students with an EFC above a certain amount would not be eligible for any Pell Grant funds. Your EFC is reported to you on your Student Aid Report (SAR).
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