A student requests assistance from the Financial Aid Office by completing the following steps:
Complete the FAFSA: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line by March 3, 2014* at www.fafsa.gov. The Department of Education’s FAFSA is required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents seeking financial aid from the College or access to the federal Direct Loan Programs.
An excellent tutorial showing how to complete the FAFSA can be found here.
Use estimated tax information if necessary. If you filed your 2013 federal taxes prior to completing your FAFSA you are encouraged to use the “IRS Data Retrieval Tool” available on the FAFSA website to fill in all of the tax-related questions. A short tutorial showing how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool can be found here. The student and at least one parent will need to request a PIN from www.pin.ed.gov in order to sign the FAFSA online.
The results of the FAFSA will be sent to the College so long as the College’s schools code is included in the appropriate section of the form. The school code for Thomas Aquinas College is 023580. Thomas Aquinas College requires that parental financial information be included on the FAFSA for both dependent and independent students unless the Director of Financial Aid has specifically instructed otherwise.
U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens must complete the FAFSA. Canadian students and other international students do not need to complete the FAFSA.
Complete the Confidential Family Financial Statement (CFFS): Send a completed CFFS to the Financial Aid Office by March 3, 2014* (postmark deadline). Use estimated tax information if necessary.
Thomas Aquinas College’s CFFS (either the U.S., Canada, or International version, depending on the student's nationality) can be obtained from the College’s website.
Complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form: This third step is only for students who are residents of California and who are going to be a freshman or sophomore in 2014-15 and who do not already have a four-year Cal Grant award. In addition to completing a FAFSA by March 3, 2014, these students must also submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission by March 3, 2014 (postmark deadline).
Tax returns: All applicants must send a signed copy of parents’ and student’s federal tax return to the Financial Aid Office at Thomas Aquinas College by April 15, 2014* (postmark deadline):
- Sign the copy of the tax return (or make a copy of the signed return). Be sure to attach:
- All W-2s (T-4s for Canadians);
- All schedules and attachments sent to the IRS (or the Canada Revenue Agency);
- All SSA-1099s (Social Security Benefit Statements) for parents and all dependents within the family (if applicable); and
- All Form K-1s (Partner’s/Shareholder’s/Beneficiary’s Share of Income, Deductions, Credits) issued by any partnerships, corporations and trusts (if applicable).
Canadian applicants have until April 30th to send a copy of their federal tax return, due to the later tax filing deadline in Canada.
If a parent or student has applied for an extension to file the tax return, send a signed copy of the IRS Form 4868 (application for extension) to the Financial Aid Office by April 15, 2014 along with a copy of all 2013 W-2 forms. Send a signed copy of the tax return when it is completed.
Estimated Tax Information: If you used estimated tax information when completing your FAFSA in Step 1, later, after you have completed your tax return, use your completed tax return to make any necessary corrections to your FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. If you filed your taxes electronically, we encourage you to use the “IRS Data Retrieval Tool” found on the FAFSA website to correct all of the tax-related questions. A short tutorial showing how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool can be found here. Note: It takes approximately two weeks after you have filed your taxes electronically for the IRS data to become available for download through the FAFSA website. Data from the paper tax returns will take longer to become available through the FAFSA website.
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Other Information: In some cases the College may require additional information to clarify unusual circumstances or to satisfy verification requirements of state or federal agencies.
Noncustodial Parents: If a student’s parents have separated or divorced, the noncustodial parent must complete a Noncustodial Parent Statement by March 3, 2014*. This form is available on our website (for U.S. students or for Canadian students). The noncustodial parent’s household (including spouse, if remarried) must also provide a signed copy of their federal tax return with all W-2s (T-4s for Canadians), supporting schedules, and K-1s by April 15, 2014*.
*Deadlines for Income Freshmen: Incoming freshmen may submit the FAFSA, CFFS, tax returns and any other paperwork by their respective due dates or 30 days after acceptance, whichever is later. All California residents must, however, complete the FAFSA and the GPA Verification Form by March 3, 2014, in order to be considered for a Cal Grant. This is a firm deadline for a successful Cal Grant application.
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