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Financial Aid

THE OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID IS NOW VIRTUALLY ACCESSIBLE

Important Update Regarding the Office of Financial Aid:

In the effort to manage social distancing, while still striving to provide our students and families with excellent customer service, the Office of Financial Aid is pleased to announce we are implementing a new appointment scheduling procedure. 

If you have questions or need assistance with your Financial Aid, please complete this form to schedule a time with one of our team members. For phone appointments, we will call the number provided at the scheduled time and for google meet sessions, a confirmation/link will be sent to your stac.edu email. 

For more information, please contact the Office of  Financial Aid at 845-398-4097 or email at [email protected].


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA is now available. Starting October 1st you can now complete your 2021-22 application for the 2021-22 Academic year. The FAFSA form is available to students and parents to complete through the myStudentAid mobile app and the fafsa.gov website.

FSA ID information, tips, and answers to questions and a link to create an FSA ID are available at StudentAid.gov/fsaid.

It is that time of year to renew your FAFSA for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 academic year! We know that filing out your FAFSA can be stressful. But do not worry, the Office of Financial Aid is here to help!


UPDATE ON ADDITIONAL CARES ACT FUNDING:
We received a large number of applications for the additional, emergency CARES Act Funding. At this time we are reviewing all of the applications and further information will be forthcoming.
Thank you for your patience in this matter.


HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICES CORPORATION (HESC) - Enhanced Tuition Award
Important ETA Update:
Beginning with the 2020-21, St. Thomas Aquinas College will no longer be accepting new applications for NYS ETA. 

Higher education services Corporation (HESC) - New York STate TAP 

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), NYS Grants and Scholarships

Schedule an appointment to speak with HESC. Appointments are available between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.


CARES ACT: HIGHER EDUCATION & STUDENT LOAN DEBT

As you may have heard, the recently signed Cares Act provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers including an administrative forbearance which will provide many relief from payments as well as accruing interest. 

Please contact your loan servicer for more information and for full details click here


HESC NYS DREAM ACT

The DREAM Act opens the doors of higher education to thousands of students, providing access to the new Excelsior Scholarship, the Tuition Assistance Program, as well as other state‐administered scholarships that were not previously available to them. To determine if you are eligible and for the full announcement, please visit the HESC website.

https://www.hesc.ny.gov/dream/


St. Thomas Aquinas College is happy to partner with you to help you finance your education. That’s why 85% of our students receive some form of financial aid including scholarships, grants, awards, and subsidized loans. We accept students regardless of their finances and we work to create a financial aid package that helps make your education affordable.

The 2021-22 FAFSA application was made available as of October 1, 2020. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) which allows students and parents to electronically transfer federal tax return information into the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available. To provide financial information on the 2021-22 FAFSA, tax filers should refer to their 2019 federal tax return.

Our Financial Aid Checklist can help walk you through the process. And our staff is available year-round to help you get all the information you need about qualifying for, applying for and receiving financial aid. Our goal is to help you understand the financial aid process and make your college education affordable.

Please click here to access the Open House Presentation on Financial Aid.


Financial Aid Team

Joanne Sullivan, Director

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Cindy Garvey, Associate Director

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Colleen Gill, Assistant Director

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Alyssa Gianzero, Financial Aid Counselor

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Gloria DiGennaro, Coordinator

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