Ability to Benefit (ATB) is about access to the federal PELL grants and state HOPE grants for qualified students without a high school credential. Students must demonstrate that they can be successful in college level studies to earn a certificate or diploma.

How does a student qualify for ATB?

Adult Education program pre-qualifications:

  1. Student must earn 40 hours, post-test, pass the Math and Language GED® tests and be referred by an instructor.
  2. Interview with the coordinator for acceptance or alternative options.

ATB program qualifications:  Participation is based on acceptance in federal aid program. 

  1. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA) and qualify to receive award based on family income and citizenship status.
  2. Select an eligible program that is financial aid eligible too.
  3. Continue regular attendance in the Adult Education program.
  4. Pass remaining two GED® tests within first semester of entering college.

You must register and attend an orientation session to begin GED® test preparation classes. To register for the next session or for more information call:

DeKalb Campus

(404) 297-9522 ext. 4000

South DeKalb Campus

(404) 297-9522 ext. 4000

Newton Campus

(404) 297-9522 ext. 4000