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Ability to Benefit (ATB)

To receive financial assistance, a student must be qualified to study at the postsecondary level. A student who is enrolled qualifies if they have:

  • A high school diploma
  • A General Education Development (GED) certificate
  • Passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (that is recognized as the equivalent to a High School Diploma)
  • Completed an approved Home School program

Students who were enrolled in an eligible program of study prior to July 1, 2012 will still be eligible to meet the educational requirements for financial assistance by fulfilling one of the following ATB approved requirements:

  • Pass a federally approved ATB test. At Moreno Valley College, this test is administered by the Assessment Center. The student must bring proof of passing scores to the Student Financial Services (SFS) Office.
  • Satisfactory complete six units that are applicable toward a degree or certificate offered at RCCD prior to July 1, 2012. You must meet with the SFS counselor to determine if you have completed six units toward your degree or certificate. Although you cannot receive grants or loan assistance while you are earning these units, you may still be eligible for the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGW). Please refer to the BOGW section of this consumer guide for additional information.

Each student has three attempts at meeting the Ability to Benefit requirements.

  • The first initial attempt is usually also the student's Assessment Test taken as a first-time student.
  • If the student does not meet Ability to Benefit criteria on the first attempt, they will need to make an appointment with the Educational Advisor in Assessment to re-test.
  • If the second attempt is also unsuccessful, the student still has one last chance. The student must enroll in developmental classes (such as English 60A, Math 51 or Reading Skills 81) that will help them acquire the skills they need to meet the criteria. Then, after satisfactory coursework is completed, the student must see a Student Financial Services Counselor. The counselor will evaluate the situation and make the choice when to grant the student a third attempt.


Transferring of Passing ATB Scores

For information on acceptable ATB passing score transfer process, please call the Moreno Valley College Assessment Center at (951) 571-6427.


Testing Students with Disabilities

The requirements include giving the test in a manner that is accessible to disabled students and offering alternative forms of the exam in large print, Braille, and audio cassette formats. The student must provide documentation of the disability to the Disability Resource Center for determination of eligibility for the accommodation and accommodations must be requested 72 hours in advance. The Disability Resource Center can be contacted at (951) 571-6138 (voice) or (951) 208-6896 (video phone).