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.
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!
We will be hosting FAFSA Renewal Workshops to assist you in completing your financial aid application for next year. Click here to sign up for one of these workshops!
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. 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
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.
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
Colleen Gill, Assistant Director
Gloria DiGennaro, Coordinator