As a reminder, follow your instructions on Processing your Notice of Award.
Before you file – Prepare
☐ Establish an FSA ID for the student as well as one for one parent. An FSA ID is a username and password that must be used to log in to Department of Education websites and will be used to electronically sign the FAFSA. Create your FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov.
Ready to File
☐ File the FAFSA on or after October 1 at www.fafsa.gov.
☐ We strongly suggest using the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to directly import your financial information into the application.
☐ St. Thomas Aquinas College school code is 002832.
☐ Have the following items for BOTH the student and filing parents handy when you sit down to file the FAFSA:
2020 IRS federal tax return, All W-2 forms, Social Security numbers, Driver’s license, Balances of checking/savings accounts, balances of non-retirement investments (funds not in an IRA, 403B, 401K, or annuity) such as: money markets, mutual funds, CD’s, stocks, child support, 529 college savings accounts, tax deferred pensions.
If you have issues and/or questions completing the FAFSA, please call 1-800-433-3243.
☐ Verification is a process by which a college’s Financial Aid Office may request additional financial or tax information from a family.
☐ Inceptia is the College’s Verification servicer. Promptly respond to all requests for additional information or documentation as any delay can prolong the financial aid process. Example: Families may be asked to submit an IRS Tax Tax Transcript or utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).
File TAp application
☐ New York State Residents Only: If you are a New York State resident you may be eligible for grant money from NY State. File the TAP application on-line at www.HESC.ny.gov. The school code for St. Thomas Aquinas College is 0830. If you have any problems completing your TAP application on line, please call NYS at 1-888-697-4372.