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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.

TABE Test
Reading comprehension test required for several Continuing Education programs, including Nurse Aide I, BFIT (Basic Firefighter Indoctrination Training), and EMS. It is also required for students whose NC-DAP/Accuplacer scores do not meet minimum requirements.
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 www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript or by calling the IRS automated phone tool at 1-800-908-9946.
Teach Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
A federal grant that provides up to $4,000 per year to students who agree to teach for 4 years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families and to meet other requirements. If the service obligation is not met, the grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
TEACH Grant
A federal grant that provides up to $4,000 per year to students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families and to meet other requirements. If the service obligation is not met, the grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan
TEAS Test
TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test includes reading, math, science, English, and language usage. The TEAS is required in the application criteria for A-B Tech Allied Health programs and can be scheduled through the ATI Testing website, www.atitesting.com.
Technology Commercialization Program
A client-based business development program offered through A-B Tech.
Technology Fee
A fee that’s combined with the computer usage fee and is charged to Curriculum students each semester. This fee supports buying and repairing computers and other instructor technology.
Term
Another word for "semester," term describes the 16-weeks (in the Fall or Spring) or 10-weeks (in the Summer) when Curriculum classes are offered. Continuing Education class terms are determined by the end date of the class; term 1 includes January 1- May 15; term 2 includes May 16 - August 14; and term 3 includes August 15 - December 31.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
A test that measures the English language proficiency of non-native English language speakers wishing to enroll in a college or university in the U.S. International students are often required to submit TOEFL scores. These scores must be sent directly to A-B Tech from the testing agency or may be included with the application packet. Incoming international students from countries where English is a language of instruction and international students who already already live in the Asheville area are not required to submit TOEFL scores.
Text Alerts
Text alerts for urgent campus situations can be received through your mobile phone by updating your contact information through your WebAdvisor account. Log into your Webadvisor account, go to "Verify/Change My Contact Information", add mobile phone number in the "Alerts Phone Number field".
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
If you are an incoming international student from a country where English is a language of instruction, or if you already live in the Asheville area, you are not required to submit scores for TOEFL. All other international students must submit TOEFL scores. These scores must be sent directly to A-B Tech from the testing agency or may be included with your application packet.
Transfer Credit
Coursework completed at another regionally accredited college that is similar in nature, credit/contact hours, and level of instruction to A-B Tech. Courses will be evaluated for transfer credit when an official transcript is submitted to the Records and Registration Office.
Transfer Programs
Two-year Associate’s Degree programs that allow students, upon graduation, to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a Bachelor’s Degree. A-B Tech’s transfer programs are Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.).
Tuition
The total cost of the classes for which a student has registered. Tuition is charged by credit hour for credit classes. There are two tuition rates: in-state and out-of-state. These rates are charged based on a student’s legal residence (with certain exceptions provided by law).
Tuition Refund
A return payment made back to the student if classes are dropped within a specific timeframe. Full tuition and fees refunds are made if classes are dropped or cancelled prior to first day of the term; for example, if a minimester class starts on Oct. 16, the class can be dropped through Oct. 15 for a full refund. 75% tuition refunds are available only for classes dropped prior to the official 10% point of the term. These dates are published in the Student Handbook.
Tutoring
A service provided to students intended to provide additional assistance or instruction in a specific subject. A-B Tech’s Academic Learning Center offers free tutoring services to students in Math and English, the Writing Center offers free tutoring in writing, and a free service called SMARTHINKING offers online tutoring in Math, Accounting, Science, and Business.
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