Financial Aid Timeline

The following timeline is for high school seniors and students considering transferring to St. Thomas for the fall semester. If you are applying for admission for the spring semester simply complete your application for admission and send us your current FAFSA results. We'll take it from there and notify you of any important deadlines you need to be aware of.
Summer       Have you taken the ACT or SAT?  If not, register to take the ACT and/or SAT in the summer or early fall. Send your ACT and/or SAT test scores to the schools you are considering. The University of St. Thomas’ code number for the ACT is 2102 and the SAT code is 6110.
September       Check admission deadlines at the colleges you are considering. St. Thomas operates on a rolling admissions basis meaning that we review applications and get back to students right away. Some schools have early action or early decision programs.
October       Ask for letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches and employers.
October       Complete your college admission essay for each application you plan to submit.  Have your English teacher read over your essay and give input. Consider submitting one of your best writing samples to schools that (like St. Thomas) will accept a writing sample in place of an essay.
October       Submit college applications! St. Thomas’ online application can be found here. There is no application fee at St. Thomas. Make sure you save that money for freshman year! There is no deadline to apply for admission to UST, but we recommend applying early in the fall. This will allow us to get you financial aid information as soon as possible.
November       Make a personal calendar of all the deadlines you need to remember.  When are applications due?  When should you apply for certain scholarships?  Don’t miss those deadlines!
November       Research scholarships. Utilize the resources available from your local library, websites like Fastweb, your high school guidance office, parents’ work, your employer and church.
November       Get some great scholarship information from our Financial Aid website and start applying for outside scholarships. Most local and regional scholarship deadlines fall between Nov - April.
December       UST considers all accepted students for merit-based scholarships. Students who have been accepted prior to Thanksgiving will receive information about merit-aid from St. Thomas in early December. Students accepted after November will receive scholarship information soon after their acceptance to the university.
January       Collect family tax information and file your taxes as soon as possible.  Each school has its own priority deadline for financial aid (St. Thomas’ is April 1).  Be sure to file your FAFSA by this date.
January       After January 1, or as soon as you file your federal taxes, you should file your FAFSA electronically.  Be sure to indicate all the schools you would like to receive your information.  The FAFSA school code for St. Thomas is 002345.
January       Never pay someone to file your FAFSA or for services to help locate scholarship opportunities.  Filing the FAFSA is free as long as you use the website and your financial aid counselor is always available to offer free advice.
February       Keep in contact with your financial aid counselor.  This person is available to help you through the FAFSA process and knows about all the deadlines, forms and important events.
February       If you are taking Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, register to take the tests to receive college credit.
February       Respond immediately to any requests for additional information from the financial aid office. Your financial aid cannot be determined until your financial aid file is complete.
March       We will begin sending financial aid award notices in early March to students who have a complete FAFSA on file.
March       Ask schools about confirming and housing deposits.  St. Thomas requires a $200 deposit to reserve a space in the class and a $200 deposit to reserve a space in a residence hall.  Housing assignments are based on the date we receive your housing deposit.  These deposits are refundable, if requested in writing by May 1.
April       April 1st is the St. Thomas priority filing date for the FAFSA. Student's who have a complete financial aid application by this date will receive maximum consideration for any limited financial aid funds. Applications for aid received after April 1 will be accepted and processed but some funding may no longer be available.
April       It’s time to make a decision! May 1 is the deadline for many colleges. Make sure you have submitted your deposits to the school of your choice.
April       Notify the schools you will not be attending so they can cancel any aid they offered you.
May   Have you completed your Notification of Award Response Form? If not, please accept or decline your offered aid using this form or on Murphy Online.
May   If you accept a federal loan we will mail you information about federal requirements you must complete to receive the loan. Watch your mail for details about Entrance Loan Counseling and completing your MPN.
June   Make sure you have a summer job lined up and save your money for college. Every dollar saved is one that doesn't have to financed or paid out-of-pocket later.
July   Attend orientation and register for your first semester of classes.
July   Now that you have your class schedule you can look for an on-campus job. Go to to create an application and apply for available positions. Check this website frequently as positions will be posted throughout August and the start of the school year.
August   Student e-bills for fall semester are sent to your UST email by late August. Your first payment for fall will be due in September. You can estimate your bill using our website.
August   If you need any additional financing for the school year, this is the time to apply. Federal loans can be processed quickly, but other private educational loans take longer. Please allow three weeks for processing.