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.
The Office of Financial Aid is now Virtually Accessible
Google Meet Link for the Office of Financial Aid
Google Meet Phone Line, 12 pm to 1 pm.
Google Meet Phone - join and use a phone for audio: 1-504-500-8095
Enter this pin when prompted: 444 611 303#
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. however, please be advised that current students who were eligible and received NYS ETA for the 2019-20 year could continue to receive ETA up until they graduate, and up to $6000 (inclusive of your 2020-21 TAP award) - if they:
*Successfully completed 30 credits for the 1920 year
*Complete a 2020-21 TAP application
*Complete a 2020-21 FAFSA
*Meet the income eligibility requirements as determined by the state.
If you decide to opt out of the ETA program for the 2020-21 year, please contact/advise the state.
Higher education services Corporation (HESC) - New York STate TAP
Information from the HESC NYS TAP below:
"While HESC staff are complying with NY Pause, we may not be physically at our desks, but we're still working to support students and here to respond to your questions. Complete our Web Form and let us know how we can help you!"
If you are having trouble reaching the HESC NYS TAP hotline, please use the link above.
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.
Did you know that you can earn micro-scholarships and plan financially to study at St. Thomas Aquinas College? We have partnered with RaiseMe, a website and mobile app that enables students from grades 9-12 to earn small scholarships tied to specific achievements such as grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, community service, and more, making access to higher education more affordable.
The 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA is now available. Starting October 1st you can now complete your 2020-21 application for the 2020-21 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.
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 2020-21 FAFSA application was made available as of October 1, 2019. 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 2020-21 FAFSA, tax filers should refer to their 2018 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
Cindy Garvey, Associate Director
Jean Marie Mohr, Assistant Director
Colleen Gill, Counselor
Gloria DiGennaro, Coordinator