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Tuition Assistance Checklist

  • File your 2018-19 FAFSA Application at www.fafsa.gov by February 15th. We strongly recommend you use the Data Retrieval Tool to directly import your financial information into the application. Make sure both parent and student e-signatures are included. The school code for St. Thomas Aquinas College is 002832. If you have any problems completing the FAFSA application, please call 1-800-433-3243.
  • If you are a New York State resident, you may be eligible for free grant money from New York State. You must file a TAP application online at www.HESC.ny.gov. The school code for St. Thomas Aquinas College is 0830. If you have any problems completing your TAP application online, please call NYS at 1-888-697-4372.
  • The student should identify themselves regarding possible eligibility to Registrar, Eileen Murphy, School Certifying Official.
  • Student needs to request a certificate of eligibility from the Veterans Benefit Administration.
  • Student provides a certificate of eligibility to SCO.
  • Once the FA office receives confirmation from the SCO, the student will be reviewed for eligibility for additional/other federal, state and institutional funding and awards.
  • As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, St. Thomas Aquinas College will match funding with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to cover all tuition and fees for Yellow Ribbon Eligible Students.

Important Links to Information on Veterans’ Benefits

Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefits
Yellow Ribbon Program
Air Force Education
Coast Guard Education
Go Army ED
Marine Education
Navy Education
Department of Defense Education Activity
DoD Voluntary Education Program
Military Youth on the Move
MyCareer Advancement Account
Troops-to-Teachers
Tillman Scholarship


TITLE IV AND HIGHER EDUCATION ACT PROGRAM Certification

In support of all applicants, registered, and Veteran Benefit eligible students, staff from St. Thomas Aquinas College’s Office of Financial Aid have undergone webinar, self-directed, and in-person training on the administration of Title IV and Higher Education Act programs including but not limited to:

  • General student eligibility criteria, awarding
  • Concepts of Cost of Attendance (COA) and allowable costs for awarding federal student financial aid
  • Campus-based programs including Federal work-study, SEOG and the phase-out of the Perkins program
  • Verification
  • Professional Judgement
  • Loan default and ineligibility
  • FAFSA completion process
  • Responsible for updates to all Financial Aid based on the change in status including but not limited to withdrawals, enrollment updates, SAP issues as Registrar Liaison
  • Assists the Director in the maintenance, operation, staff training, and written procedures for all financial aid policies and electronic database systems.

The Office of Financial Aid Yellow Ribbon Liaison has completed training in:

  • VA education benefits, entitlement, enrollment under the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • The FA Liaison works closely with the SCO – School Certifying Official and St. Thomas Aquinas College’s Business Office to ensure an exceptional level of customer service in support of awarding and processing all available funding for Yellow Ribbon Recipients.