The FAFSA is used to determine a student’s eligibility for federal and state grants and federal loans. It is also required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents seeking institutional aid from the college.
You will be using your prior-prior year tax return (2019 return) to complete the FAFSA. We recommend you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, found within the FAFSA to import your tax information easily and accurately.
The FAFSA school code for Thomas Aquinas College is 023580. The same code is used whether you plan to attend the California campus or the New England campus.
A link to the FAFSA and other helpful resources are shown below:
- FAFSA (the on-line form)
- How to Fill Out the FAFSA (video)
- How to Create Your FSA ID (video)
- FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents (video)
2021-22 CSS Profile
The CSS Profile is used to determine a student's eligibility for Thomas Aquinas College’s institutional, need-based Service Scholarship (work-study) program and grant program.
The CSS Profile code for Thomas Aquinas College is 4828. The same code is used whether you plan to attend the California campus or the New England campus.
There is a $25 fee to complete the CSS Profile, although a fee waiver may be granted to a first-time college student from a low income family -- see the CSS Profile website for more information.
A link to the CSS Profile and other helpful resources are shown below:
- CSS Profile (the on-line form)
- CSS Profile Student Guide (PDF)
- CSS Profile Overview (slideshow with audio)
- CSS Profile Tutorial (slideshow with audio)
If you have questions as you are completing the CSS Profile, the College Board's Customer Service provides excellent help via email, online chat, and phone.
(The CSS Profile replaces the Confidential Family Financial Statement that was used in prior years.)
California residents may be eligible for a $9,084 Cal Grant award. The application filing deadline is March 2, 2021 (postmark deadline). File early to avoid problems. Remember, it takes TWO forms to complete a Cal Grant application by March 2nd: a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form and a 2021-22 FAFSA.
- Cal Grant Application Process (This includes a link to the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.)
- WebGrants for Students (Use this link to check the status of your Cal Grant application.)
See How to Apply for the Cal Grant for more information or contact the Financial Aid Office at Thomas Aquinas College with any questions you may have about the Cal Grant application process. We will be happy to help you.
If you are looking for help to finance some or all of the cost of your child's education, this information sheet covers four options that may be available to you.
A lender disbursing a private education loan must obtain a self-certification signed by the applicant before disbursing a private education loan. We make that form available here:
These links provide helpful information about tax benefits for education:
- IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education
- The Interactive Tax Assistant tool on IRS.gov can help you check your eligibility for an Education Tax Credit.
The PDF files listed above require Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from Adobe. Adobe Acrobat Reader version 8 or higher allows you to save the fillable PDF on your computer for reference.
If you have any comments or suggestions regarding our forms, please contact the Financial Aid Office.