If you are beginning classes during the current academic year (fall through summer), you should apply immediately.If you are attending college in the fall semester, the calendar below is a timeline for early consideration.October
The first step in applying for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. Department of Education offers a free online application process for your convenience. Be sure you select the correct FAFSA year for the school year you will attend Thomas University. Each school year at TU begins fall term in August.Before completing the FAFSA make sure to:
Be sure you complete the appropriate form for the year you intend to begin classes.
The 2018-19 form is for students beginning classes Fall 2018 – Summer 2019. For the Spring 2019 Summer 2019, students will need to complete the 2018/19 FAFSA.
If you will be attending classes Fall, Spring or Summer of 2019, then you should complete the 2019-20 form.
You will submit your FAFSA using the tax information from 2 years prior. That means your 18/19 FAFSA will use the information from the taxes you filed in 2016. We encourage students and parents to download their tax information into the FAFSA using the IRS data retrieval tool you are prompted. This reduces the likelihood of mistakes.
Once completed, you will receive notification by mail and/or email from the Department of Education confirming your application has been received, processed, and notifying you if you are selected for verification. If selected, additional forms and processes are necessary to process your funds. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (229) 584-2460 or email us at email@example.com for assistance.
You can complete the Application for Financial Aid is at this site: https://fafsa.gov
Be sure to send a copy to Thomas University. Our school code is 001555.
If you transfer to/from another institution, the financial aid you were awarded at your other school or, at Thomas University does not automatically transfer to the new institution. Your financial aid application will have to be received and evaluated at the new school. There are a number of steps to take to ensure that your financial aid is processed in a timely manner at the new institution.
First, contact the financial aid office and cancel your financial aid at your old school. This request can take several weeks to process. After your financial aid is canceled at your old school, be sure to obtain a copy of your updated award letter from the financial aid office to present to your new school as proof that you do not have any pending financial aid elsewhere (you can only receive financial aid from one school at a time).
Once your financial aid is canceled at your old school, add your new institution’s school code to your FAFSA. (TU School Code 001555) This will allow your new school to receive and review your FAFSA and determine your financial aid eligibility. Once your FAFSA is updated, follow up with your new school to ensure that your financial aid is being processed and you do not have any additional requirements.
Financial aid that you received at your prior school will be deducted from your annual and aggregate eligibility and may affect your eligibility at your new school.
Graduate students typically pay for their education through a combination of loans, scholarships, grants, fellowships and employment through their institution.
There are some departments who are able provide some funding through various grants and fellowships as well as teaching assistantships and research assistantships.
Degree-seeking graduate students may apply for federal student aid by completing the FAFSA application at https://fafsa.gov each year. If the student is eligible, the FAFSA will result in an offer for an unsubsidized Ford Direct loan. The FAFSA application will also allow the student to apply for the Graduate PLUS loan online if they need additional aid. Both of these federal loans require the student to be enrolled at least halftime in a degree-seeking program. Graduate students are not eligible for federal Pell grants or federal subsidized Ford Direct loans.
To receive federal loans, a graduate student must be enrolled at least halftime (5-8 credits each term). Aid is packaged based on the expectation of full-time enrollment. To avoid disbursement delays, you must submit an enrollment revision form to let us know if you plan to be less than fulltime for the year. If our office has not been notified of your enrollment plans, your aid will be adjusted and disbursed after the Financial Aid Census Date for that term.
*Graduate certificate-seeking students may only receive aid based on credits that are required for their certificate program.
Private/Alternative loans are loans obtained from a bank, credit union or other lending agency. For most students, federal loans are a better option and should be utilized before private loans are considered. Alternative loans require a credit check and may have higher variable interest rates. They also do not offer the flexible repayment, consolidation, and loan forgiveness options that you get with federal loans.
Not all graduate certificate programs are eligible for federal financial aid. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for a list of programs that are currently aid eligible. Further information about both aid eligible and non-eligible programs may be found on our Gainful Employment page.
Students in an aid eligible graduate certificate programs may only receive federal loans based on enrollment in courses that are required for that program. Other courses may not be counted towards the minimum halftime enrollment that is needed for federal loan eligibility. For the list of required courses, please review the course catalog or contact your academic advisor.
Before each school year you’ll need to re-submit your FAFSA application as soon as the applications open, check to see if additional documents are needed to process your financial aid application, review and accept your financial aid award and make sure that you’re making satisfactory academic progress towards your degree.
Whether you’re a new or returning student, you’ll need to maintain eligibility for your financial aid such as making sure that your enrollment level each term matches your financial aid award with the Financial Aid Office. If you’ll be attending less than full-time, submit a revision request form and make sure that you’re making satisfactory academic progress towards your degree.
Your FAFSA has to be processed, and then you get an Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which TU will use to determine how much aid you can get.
Being selected for FAFSA Verification can be frustrating but the TU Office of Financial Aid is here to help. Below you will find answers to the most common questions people have about navigating the Verification process. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.Helpful Links:
If you were selected for tax verification be sure to check out this helpful video on how to use the Data Retrieval Tool to download your tax information directly from the IRS into your FAFSA.
1: I’ve been selected for verification, what does that mean?
The U.S. Department of Education is requiring Thomas University (TU) to review your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information and verify the data entered on your FAFSA is accurate. We complete the verification process by comparing FAFSA data with federal tax documents and other forms you must provide to the TU Office of Financial Aid. Corrections to your FAFSA may be necessary if discrepancies are found.
2: What is the deadline to submit verification documents?
For full consideration of all aid resources, required verification documents need to be submitted for review to the TU Office of Financial Aid no later than 45 days after the initial request for information. Verification documents received after the 45-day deadline can still be verified, but the types of financial aid offered may be limited. The Office of Financial Aid must complete verification before the end of the academic year, or before your last term of attendance in the year, otherwise, you may not be eligible for financial aid, including aid already disbursed.
3: What information is required to complete the financial aid verification process at TU?
Not every student selected for verification will be required to submit the same verification documentation. Please review the Admissions and Financial Aid Checklist or your financial aid eligibility requirements in your My Hawklink account to see what verification documents have been requested.
4: I must verify my high school completion and Identity & Educational Purpose. What must I provide to complete these requirements?
Please provide the TU Office of Admissions a copy of your final official HS transcript, certification of passing scores on GED and similar equivalency tests or other alternatives to satisfy the high school completion requirement. For the Identity & Educational Purpose, please refer to the form found in your Admissions and Financial Aid Checklist for detailed instructions.
5: I’ve been asked to provide income information with a verification worksheet. What is acceptable income documentation for verification?The verification worksheet must be completed and submitted with income information as described below.
6: What if my marital status has changed since filing my federal taxes?
The questions on the FAFSA asks about your marital status at the time you file your FAFSA, and also asks about your federal tax filing status as it was filed. These two may be in conflict with each other if your marital status has changed since you filed taxes, or since you filed your FAFSA. If you filed a “married, filing joint” tax return but are now separated, divorced, or widowed, file your FAFSA with your current marital status and your accurate tax filing status as they were filed, and then contact our office to discuss updating your FAFSA information to separate out your former spouse’s income on your FAFSA.
If you are a dependent student and were single at the time you filed your FAFSA with your parent’s information but you are now married, please contact our office to discuss your change in marital status.
7: What if my current financial situation is no longer consistent with my tax information on the FAFSA?
We recognize that students and parents may have concerns about using their tax return information on the FAFSA because that tax data may no longer reflect your current financial situation. FAFSA filers are still required initially to file FAFSA using the tax return information for the year required, though there is a possibility we may be able to adjust your FAFSA information after that. Federal financial aid regulations allow schools to reevaluate the student’s, or parent’s, financial situation due to a change in circumstances that occur after the FAFSA is filed. After you have submitted your FAFSA you can contact our office to discuss the Special Conditions Appeal option.
8: I am a dependent student, who should/can be included in my household size?
If you are a dependent student, the people reported in your parent(s) household should include you, the student (even if you’re not living at home,) your parent(s) and siblings, if they receive more than half of their support from your parent(s). This may also include any other dependents that live in the household and receive more than half of their support from your parent(s). Your verification worksheet has further instructions regarding whom to report in the household size.
9: I am an independent student, who should be included in my household size?
If you are an independent student, your household should include you, the student, your spouse, and dependents (if applicable). This may also include any other dependents that live in the household and you provide more than half of their support. Your verification worksheet has further instructions regarding whom to report in your household size.
Contact the TU Office of Student Financial Aid if you need assistance submitting or correcting your FAFSA, reviewing your Student Aid Report or submitting verification documents. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 229-584-2460
You may need additional funding for school and opt to apply for funding through a private lending agency. For most students, federal loans are a better option and should be utilized before private loans are considered. Alternative loans require a credit check and may have higher variable interest rates. They also do not offer the flexible repayment, consolidation, and loan forgiveness options that may be available with ffederal loans.
Thomas University cannot recommend private lenders, but we have provided additional information on questions to ask and things to consider in our Alternative Loans publication. Our best advice is to explore options with a lender you may already do business with and feel comfortable using. We also recommend doing your research to be sure that you will not be in for any surprises later. The Federal Student Aid website provides some additional information on how to compare federal and private loans. More information about taking out a private loan may also be found on the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau websites.
This federally funded financial aid program enables students to earn money toward college expenses by working on campus, in the government, or in selected nonprofit agencies serving the community. Students may work up to twenty hours a week while classes are in session and receive a bi-weekly paycheck (based on an hourly wage) that they can use for educational expenses.
Applicants must complete a FAFSA and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) no greater than $7000 to qualify. Federal Work Study funding is very limited, and are typically exhausted very quickly. At this time there is no waiting list for students who were eligible but not awarded Work Study funds.
Undergraduates must enroll in 6 credit hours or more for Work Study employment. Graduate students must enroll in 5 credit hours or more for Work Study employment. Students awarded Work-Study must present a Certificate of Eligibility (available in the Office of Student Financial Aid) to their employer.
Students may also be eligible to earn Work Study funds during Summer term if they are awarded Work Study for the upcoming award year, the funds of which can be applied to summer. If you have been awarded 2019/2020 Federal Work-Study, have accepted it and are enrolled at least half-time for Fall 2019, complete a request to begin using your work study in Summer 2019: Summer Work Study Request Form.
For your convenience, please fill the request for a federal work-study position online at Request an FWS.
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