The steps to request financial aid and the respective deadlines are outlined on the coversheet to the Confidential Family Financial Statement.
2016-17 Confidential Family Financial Statement (CFFS):
The CFFS is used to determine a student's eligibility for Thomas Aquinas College’s need-based Service Scholarship program (work-study) and the College''s need-based grant program. The CFFS is a fillable form. After completing the form, print it, sign it and send it to the Financial Aid Office by mail, email (scanned copy) or fax.
The FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal/state grants and federal loans. It is also required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents seeking institutional aid from the college. If you filed your 2015 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. (If you have not yet filed your 2015 federal taxes, use estimated tax information, if necessary, to meet application deadlines for the Cal Grant or institutional aid. Enter your final tax information later when your return is completed.)
- FAFSA Online
- How-to Video: How to Create an FSA ID
- How-to Video: Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA
- How-to Video: IRS Data Retrieval Tool
California residents may be eligible for a $9,084 Cal Grant award. The application filing deadline is March 2, 2016 (postmark deadline). File early to avoid problems. Remember, it takes TWO forms to complete a Cal Grant application by March 2nd: a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form and a 2016-17 FAFSA.
- Cal Grant Application Process (This includes a link to the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.)
- WebGrants for Students (Use this link to check the status of your Cal Grant application.)
See How to Apply for the Cal Grant for more information or contact the Financial Aid Office at Thomas Aquinas College with any questions you may have about the Cal Grant application process. We will be happy to help you.
If an applicant's parents are separated or divorced, the NPS must be completed by the noncustodial parent. The NPS is a fillable form. After completing the form, print it, sign it and send it to the Financial Aid Office by mail, email (scanned copy) or fax.
A lender disbursing a private education loan must obtain a self-certification signed by the applicant before disbursing a private education loan. We make that form available here:
These links provide helpful information about tax benefits for education:
- IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education
- Tax Breaks for Higher Education (NASFAA)
- The Interactive Tax Assistant tool on IRS.gov can help you check your eligibility for an Education Tax Credit.
The PDF files listed above require Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from Adobe. Adobe Acrobat Reader version 8 or higher allows you to save the fillable PDF on your computer for reference.
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding our forms, please contact the Financial Aid Office.