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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.

Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) registration and fee that is required for some international students. Visit ice.gov/sevis/i901 for details.
or Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. A a legal document negotiated between the community colleges of NC and many private NC colleges that provides certain protections to graduates of NC community college when they transfer.
ID Card Office
An office located in the Bailey Building at the A-B Tech Asheville Campus where student identification photo cards are issued.
In-State Resident
Another term for Resident. Per North Carolina law (G.S. 116-143.1), a student must have maintained domicile in North Carolina for at least the 12 months immediately prior to classification as a legal resident for tuition purposes. Proof of residency includes being employed within the state of NC, paying NC taxes, having a current NC driver’s license, and voting in NC. A student cannot qualify for in-state tuition if he or she is claimed as a dependent by a parent or guardian who is not a NC resident. Contact the Admissions Office in the Bailey Student Services Building for additional information about residency.
Income Tax Refund Offsets
A debt collection tool that allows the government to seize income tax refunds from individuals who owe the federal government to help repay the outstanding debt. This tool may be used for federal student loans borrowers who are in default.
Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement
(or ICAA or I.C.A.A.) a legal document negotiated between the community colleges of NC and many private NC colleges that provides certain protections to graduates of NC community college when they transfer.
Independent Student
For financial aid purposes, an independent student is one of the following: at least 24 years old, married, a graduate or professional student, a veteran, a member of the armed forces, an orphan, a ward of the court, or someone with legal dependents other than a spouse, an emancipated minor, or someone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Information Center
The A-B Tech Information Center is a team of passionate employees who are dedicated to providing current and prospective students, community members, and A-B Tech employees with accurate information about the College’s programs and services. The Information Center can be reached by phone at (828) 398-7900, by email at info@abtech.edu, or by live web chat through the A-B Tech website, abtech.edu.
Interest/Interest Rate
A loan expense charged for the use of borrowed money. Interest is paid by a borrower to a lender. The expense is calculated as a percentage of the unpaid principal amount of the loan
Intramural Sports
Athletic programs that are offered each Fall and Spring term and are open to A-B Tech faculty, staff, and students, from beginners to advanced athletes. More information can be obtained by contacting Rhonda Davidson at 398-7843, rhondaldavidson@abtech.edu, or stopping by the Coman Gymnasium, office 106 with any questions.
IRS Tax Return Transcript
Also called Tax Transcript, this is an official government document issued by the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) that shows most line items from a specific year’s tax return as it was originally filed, including any accompanying forms and schedules. An IRS Tax Return Transcript is sometimes requested by the Financial Aid Office for verification purposes and can be printed or ordered online at irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript or by calling the IRS automated phone tool at 1-800-908-9946.
IVT/Zoom Classes
These are classes that are taught via live video broadcast from one A-B Tech site to another. IVT Classes will have a Z identifier in their course section code. To learn more about course section codes and identifiers, visit abtech.edu/registration/course-section-identifiers
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