The first type of assistance provided by the College itself is in the form of on-campus employment, administered under the Service Scholarship program. Students who are awarded a full Service Scholarship are expected to work 13 hours per week for 35 weeks in such areas as food service, buildings maintenance, grounds maintenance, the library or office clerical work. For this work in 2016-17, credit in the amount of $4,700 is given against room and board.
Some Service Scholarship recipients are needed to work during the Thanksgiving and Easter vacations since many students remain on campus during these holidays and basic services must continue to operate. Supervisors have the final say over who is scheduled to work during these holidays.
A student who has accepted a Service Scholarship agrees to abide by the work schedule assigned to him by his department supervisor. Supervisors will see to it that Service Scholarship duties do not conflict with scheduled class times.
During the school year a student may be informed by the College’s Development Office of the name and address of the donor or donors who have made his Service Scholarship possible. By accepting a Service Scholarship a student agrees to write to donor(s) who have made his work-study possible and to express his appreciation.
If a student does not perform his Service Scholarship duties in a satisfactory manner, as determined by his supervisor, he may be found ineligible for financial assistance (Service Scholarship and Grant) from the College in subsequent semesters.
Service Scholarship wages are taxable income. No state or federal taxes are withheld by the College, so a student may face a corresponding tax liability at the end of the year if his total taxable income for the year exceeds the tax threshold for his filing status. Please plan accordingly.
To meet remaining need, Thomas Aquinas College Grants are provided. Students are not expected to repay such grants, although the College hopes that, as alumni, they will donate to provide for grants for future students.
Thomas Aquinas College Grants are credited directly to the student’s account for tuition, room and board at the beginning of the semester for which they are given.
During the school year a student may be informed by the College’s Development Office of the name and address of the donor or donors who have made his grant possible. By accepting a grant a student agrees to write to donor(s) who have made his grant possible and to express his appreciation.