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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 4, 2019* at 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.

Here are a few tips to make your FAFSA completion easier and more accurate:

  • 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.
  • The FAFSA asks for prior-prior year tax information; therefore, the 2019-20 FAFSA asks for information from your 2017 tax return.
  • We recommend you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, found within the FAFSA, to import your tax information easily and accurately.
  • Have your 2017 W-2s with you when you complete the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool "sees" only your tax return. It does not have access to your W-2 forms, so parents will need to use their W-2s to check that "income from work" reported on the FAFSA is correctly allocated between father and mother. Parents and student will also have to manually enter any pre-tax retirement contributions reported in box 12 of the W-2 as untaxed income on the FAFSA .

Thomas Aquinas College requires that parental financial information be included on the FAFSA for not only dependent students but also 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 Confidential Family Financial Statement (CFFS)Complete the CFFS by March 4, 2019* (postmark deadline). The CFFS is used to determine a student's eligibility for Thomas Aquinas College's institutional, need-based Service Scholarship (work-study) program and grant program.

The 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 or scanned and uploaded through our secure file upload portal.


Tax returns: All institutional aid applicants must send a signed copy of parents’ and student’s 2017 federal tax returns to the Financial Aid Office at Thomas Aquinas College by March 4, 2019* (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 4) since we are asking for a copy of the 2017 tax return, not the 2018 tax return.

ClipApply for the Cal Grant (if applicable): This step is only for students who are residents of California.

A student who

  • is a resident of California and
  • will be an incoming freshman (Class of 2023) or a rising sophomore (Class of 2022) in 2019-20 and
  • does not already have a four-year Cal Grant award

must not only complete the FAFSA by March 4, 2019, but must also submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form to the California Student Aid Commission by March 4, 2019 (postmark deadline).

Massachusetts residents are not eligible to receive a MassGrant at our Northfield campus, but if a Massachusetts resident would have been eligible for a MassGrant, it is likely that his need-based aid from Thomas Aquinas College will fill any need that would been filled by the MassGrant.

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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 4, 2019*. The noncustodial parent’s household (including spouse, if remarried) must also provide a signed copy of their 2017 federal tax return with all W-2s (T-4s for Canadians), supporting schedules, and K-1s by March 4, 2019*. 


*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, however, must complete the FAFSA and the GPA Verification Form by March 4, 2019, in order to be considered for a Cal Grant. This is a firm deadline for the Cal Grant.

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“Thomas Aquinas College is a small college, but its reputation has spread far and wide. Because it lives off the masterpieces of thought and literature emanating from the Christian tradition of the Western world, it provides a first-rate education for a select body of talented undergraduates.”

– Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J (†)