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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 2, 2018* at https://fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is used to determine a student's eligibility for federal and state grants and federal loans. It is also required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents seeking institutional aid from the College.

The FAFSA is easy to complete since it asks for prior-prior year tax information; therefore, the 2018-19 FAFSA asks for information from your 2016 tax return. You no longer need to estimate your tax information. You are encouraged to use the “IRS Data Retrieval Tool” available on the FAFSA website to fill in all of the tax-related questions.

The student and at least one parent will need to have an FSA ID in order to sign the FAFSA online. A short tutorial showing how to create an FSA ID can be found here.

The results of the FAFSA will be sent to the College so long as the College’s school 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 if they are seeking institutional financial aid from the College. Canadian students and other international students do not need to complete the FAFSA.

 
Complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form: This step is only for students who are residents of California and who are going to be incoming freshmen (Class of 2022) or rising sophomores (Class of 2021) in 2018-19 and who do not already have a four-year Cal Grant award. In addition to completing the FAFSA by March 2, 2018, these students must also submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2, 2018 (postmark deadline).

 
To be considered for Thomas Aquinas College's institutional, need-based Service Scholarship program (work-study) and grant program, complete the Confidential Family Financial Statement (CFFS)Send a completed CFFS to the Financial Aid Office by March 2, 2018* (postmark deadline). Note that this deadline is earlier than it was last year.

Even though the CFFS can now be completed early in the fall of 2017, parents are asked to attach to the CFFS the best documentation they have of their 2017 income as of the date they are completing the form (e.g., a current paystub showing year-to-date earnings in 2017). More detailed instructions can be found on the CFFS.

Thomas Aquinas College’s CFFS (either the U.S., Canadian, or International version, depending on the student's nationality) can be obtained from the College’s website. It is a fillable form, but the completed document will need to be printed, signed, and sent to the Financial Aid Office by mail, through our Secure File Upload portal (scanned copy) or by fax.

 
ClipTax returns: All applicants for institutional financial aid must send a signed copy of parents’ and student’s 2016 federal tax return to the Financial Aid Office at Thomas Aquinas College by March 2, 2018* (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 must send their tax returns by this same date (March 2) since we are asking for a copy of the 2016 tax return, not the 2017 tax return.

Returning students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who applied for financial aid for the 2017-18 academic year may already have submitted 2016 parent and student tax returns as part of their application last year, since we were not operating on a prior-prior year basis last year. If you submitted your and your parents’ 2016 tax returns already, there is no need to send them again. If you are unsure, please contact the Financial Aid Office by e-mail.

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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 2, 2018*. The noncustodial parent’s household (including spouse, if remarried) must also provide a signed copy of their 2016 federal tax return with all W-2s (T-4s for Canadians), supporting schedules, and K-1s by March 2, 2018*. 

 


*Deadlines for Incoming 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 2, 2018, in order to be considered for a Cal Grant. This is a firm deadline for a successful Cal Grant application.
 

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– Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski

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