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Ability to Benefit

Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) Test

2012-2013 Student Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements
beginning July 1, 2012
For those NEW students who do not have a High School Diploma or GED: The U.S. Dept. of Education eliminated Ability to Benefit (ATB) Testing as a way to acquire financial aid eligibility. View updated Eligibility Requirements on the Financial Aid web site at

Note: Only if you were enrolled in college prior to July 1, 2012, you may show you're qualified to obtain federal financial aid by:

  • Passing an approved Ability-to-Benefit test

  • Completing six units applicable toward a degree or certificate with a minimum grade of 'C'

Students who do not have one of the following: a high school diploma, GED, or the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE), and are applying for financial aid will need to meet the Ability-to-Benefit requirement.

The Ability-to-Benefit requirement can be met with specific scores on the COMPASS; or for students whose primary language is not English, the CELSA (ESL Assessment) can be used to meet the requirement. Students using the CELSA must enroll in at least one (1) ESL course. COMPASS study guides are available via the link(s) below or contact our office. There is a two week turnaround for the ATB results.  

Contact the Assessment Office to schedule an appointment and/or pick up the COMPASS ATB study guides. Please call (530) 895. 2350.


Ability-to-Benefit (ATB)
Date Day Time Location
Please call (530) 895-2511 to make an appointment.

 ** Please Note: Effective July 1, 2012, Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) testing will no longer be available to new students. Students must earn a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent in order to be eligible for financial aid. Students who were enrolled on or before June 30, 2012 should contact the Assessment Office to determine ATB eligibility.

For sample test questions please review on the following links:

  • Introduction
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math (Note: The math portion of the ATB covers Numerical Skills/Prealgebra only, please refer to pages 1-5 of this study guide for ATB purposes)

Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information (530) 895-2511

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