Applying for Financial Aid
How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?
Applying for financial assistance is easy when you follow these simple steps:
- Complete the most current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and ensure that Aquinas College (school code 003477) is listed as your first college choice. You may complete an online application at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- FAFSA will now be available on October 1 for the subsequent academic year.
- You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) through the mail or by electronic confirmation depending on the manner in which you submitted your FAFSA. Each college you list will receive an electronic version of your SAR.
- The Office of Financial Aid will determine if further documents are needed in order to complete your file. Once your file is complete and you have been admitted to Aquinas College, an award notification will be mailed to you. Your award notification will indicate all the types of financial assistance for which you are eligible. You may accept or decline any portion of your aid package by logging onto your Student Portal and indicating what you would like to do with each award. You are not required to accept loans and can reduce the amount of a loan by contacting the Office of Financial Aid.
- Students accepting Stafford, PLUS or Alternative loans are required to complete a Master Promissory Note. The Stafford loan program also requires that first time borrowers at Aquinas College complete Entrance Counseling. Please select the links below to complete these requirements. Once completed your information is sent electronically to the Office of Financial Aid.
The Verification Process
Due to federal regulations, you may be asked to provide documentation to the Office of Financial Aid in order to verify the accuracy of the information provided in your SAR. The Department of Education or Aquinas College may randomly select you to participate in the verification process. The purpose of the verification process is to ensure that students receive all aid for which they are eligible. The Department of Education requires that students submit the requested documentation in a timely manner to prevent losing their eligibility to receive financial aid.