Veterans Information

St. Thomas Aquinas College is proud to support our veterans in their pursuit of a higher education degree. Now more than ever our returning veterans and military personnel deserve the gratitude of a thankful nation and St. Thomas prides itself in serving the needs of those men and women! We offer several scholarship and aid packages to help cover the financial commitment of attending an institution of higher learning.

Read about our variety of veteran and active military opportunities below, learn more about our programs of study, talk with our Admissions Team and find out if St. Thomas Aquinas College is right for you.


Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill that is designed to allow approved degree granting colleges and universities to aid qualifying veterans in the payment of tuition costs that exceed the GI Bill’s standard limit for higher education institutions.  

The college’s participation in the program includes a scholarship that will enable some veterans, depending on the type and amount of their GI Bill education benefits, to earn a college degree for free. 

The VA will provide a dollar for dollar match of St. Thomas’ VA scholarship, resulting in a full tuition scholarship for the veteran.  

St. Thomas Aquinas College will accept the $21,970.46 funding from the VA and provide funding up to the 2016-17 tuition costs for the qualified veteran in this program. There are other GI Bill programs that the College also accepts and will work with the veteran to achieve the best possible financial aid package. For full details, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 845-398-4098 and for eligibility requirements please see the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Example: 2016-17 St. Thomas Aquinas College full time tuition is $28,800. The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to $21,970.46 in benefits, leaving a financial aid gap of $6829.54. The College, through the generosity of specific donors, will provide a Commemorative Scholarship to the student for $3415 and the VA will match that amount for those students who are elibile. The tuition costs for a qualified veteran are then "0".

For Veterans who do not have full benefits, the College also has secured funding to assist with a larger financial aid gap. For more information, see your admissions or financial aid counselor.


Matter Veteran's Advocates

  1. Applicants must be a service member or a spouse/dependent of a service member. Applicants must submit an original essay of at least 500 words - topic: Describe how veterans and lawmakers can work together to provide more educational opportunities for returning service members. Scholarship award amount: 1 winner, $2,500. More information: http://www.mattar.com/veterans-scholarship.html
     
  2. Applicants must be a service member or a spouse/dependent of a service member. Applicants must submit an original essay of at least 500 words - topic: Explain in more than 500 words how you have positively contributed to the veteran community. Scholarship award amount: 5 winners, $500 each. More information: http://www.mattar.com/scholarship.html

 

Mesothelioma Guide for Veterans

At Mesothelioma Guide an advocacy organazation dedicated to helping patients diagnosed with asbestos illnesses. Veterans make up the largest group of people diagnosed with mesothelioma because asbestos was so widely used by the military. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma are entitled to disability compensation, pension and/or medical benefits through the VA. Surviving spouses and dependents may also qualify for compensation from the VA. For more information, click here


FEDERAL IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN SERVICE GRANT

A student whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. The student must be ineligible for a Federal Pell Grant due only to having less financial need than is required to receive Pell funds, and be under 24 years old, or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death. The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year – not to exceed the cost of attendance for that award year.


New York State Programs

NYS MILITARY SERVICE RECOGNITION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS) provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of members of the armed forces of the United States or state organized militia who, at any time on or after Aug. 2, 1990, while New York State residents, died or became severely and permanently disabled while engaged in hostilities or training for hostilities.

NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans

Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans were created to provide financial aid to students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified times of national emergency. Students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of war or national emergency and, as a result of service, either died, suffered a 40% or more disability was classified as missing in action, or was a prisoner of war. The veteran must currently be a New York State resident or have been a New York State resident at the time of death. The award is for $450.

NYS Veterans Tuition Awards

Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated in an approved program at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State. Students previously approved for this award must apply for payment each year. Those students who are attending an approved undergraduate or graduate program may apply for payment for the current academic year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then linking to the TAP on the Web application.