At St. Thomas Aquinas College, we are committed to helping students find solutions to make college affordable. Over 85% of STAC’s student body receives scholarships and grants to help them cover the cost of their education. We also offer a Net Price Calculator to help you estimate the entire cost of enrolling—from tuition to room and board to the price of books. If you’re wondering what your options are, our financial aid team is here to help you make informed decisions!
SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Scholarships and grants are two ways to get significant help paying for college without taking out large loans. The process of identifying and applying for different forms of financial aid may feel confusing, but it doesn’t need to be. Our team is here to walk you through the process with helpful information and guidance.
The first step is to better understand the difference between scholarships and grants. Most students use a combination of both to help pay for their college education.
Scholarships are a form of merit-based financial aid that does not need to be repaid. These can be awarded by a non-profit, a local business, or even an individual. Your high school guidance office should have a list of local scholarships available. We also recommend checking with local organizations, businesses, and even your parent’s employer.
We encourage students to apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for, and to continue applying even after they are enrolled and attending school. Our list of scholarships includes some popular options our students have applied for in the past, but there are scholarships for all kinds of interests and accomplishments, so keep searching!
Unlike scholarships, grants can be either merit-based or need-based. Some grants are awarded by the federal government, such as the Pell grant, and others may be from the local or state government. Our list of grants outlines some common options for STAC students. To find out which grants you may be eligible for, you first must fill out your FAFSA form. After completing this form, you can also see what student loan options are available from the government.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NEW YORK STUDENTS
At STAC, we endeavor to be an affordable option for local students from New York State. To that end, we encourage our prospective students to apply for all scholarships specifically offered to in-state students.
Recently, New York passed the NYS Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA), a college scholarship program that has the potential to significantly decrease the cost of attending STAC for in-state applicants. Learn more about this program and how it can help you pay for your tuition at STAC.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR VETERANS
We are proud to offer support to our veterans in their pursuit of higher education. That’s why we help students identify veteran-specific scholarships and financial aid packages to help them earn their degrees.
If you are an armed services veteran, we encourage you to learn more about your financial aid options and find out how STAC can help you achieve your dream of earning a higher education degree.
UNDERSTAND THE COST OF COLLEGE WITH OUR NET PRICE CALCULATOR
Putting together a clear picture of the cost of college can be overwhelming. That’s where our helpful Net Price Calculator tool comes in. We developed this calculator to help students and their parents understand the full cost of attending STAC, including tuition, living costs, fees, and more. Whether you’re a high school student, transfer, or commuter student, this calculator can help you understand the cost of STAC and how much financial support you will need to pay for college.
Additionally, our team can provide you with a financial aid shopping sheet prior to your enrollment decision. This explains your total expenditure and helps you visualize how each scholarship and grant will reduce the cost of college.
GET HELP PAYING FOR COLLEGE FROM STAC
For those feeling overwhelmed and confused by the process, we encourage you to communicate with our financial aid team. They can help you understand your options and identify opportunities for scholarships and grants. Fill out your FAFSA form and we will do the rest!