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, 2017* at www.fafsa.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 now easier than ever to complete, since it asks for prior-prior year tax information; therefore, the 2017-18 FAFSA asks for information from your 2015 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 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 2021) or rising sophomores (Class of 2020) in 2017-18 and who do not already have a four-year Cal Grant award. In addition to completing the FAFSA by March 2, 2017, these students must also submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2, 2017 (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 April 17, 2017* (postmark deadline). (This deadline is new. It is later than it used to be.)
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, email (scanned copy) or fax.
Tax 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 April 17, 2017* (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 you (the parent or the student) have applied for an extension to file a 2016 tax return, you must send a copy of IRS Form 4868 (Application for Automatic Extension) to the Financial Aid Office by April 17, 2017 along with a copy of all 2016 W-2 forms. If you are self-employed, you must also send a signed statement certifying the estimated amount of your 2016 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and the U.S. income tax you paid for tax year 2016. Later, after you have completed your 2016 federal tax return, you must send a signed copy of the tax return to the Financial Aid Office and enter the final tax information into the FAFSA.
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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 April 17, 2017*. 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 April 17, 2017*.
*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, 2017, in order to be considered for a Cal Grant. This is a firm deadline for a successful Cal Grant application.
“Thomas Aquinas College is one of the premiere liberal arts colleges in the country and the pride and joy of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region.”
– Most Rev. Robert E. Barron
Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles