THE AQUINAS COMMITMENT

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YOUR FUTURE. YOUR EDUCATION. YOUR SUCCESS.

At Aquinas College, we are committed to something bigger.

We will meet full demonstrated financial need for qualified students. We will also guarantee that you will graduate in four years if you meet academic program qualifications. And through our career services, internships, research opportunities and study away programs, we will walk alongside you to help you explore your talents in whatever you are called to do.

That is our commitment to you.

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Need Guarantee

Minimum Qualifications

We will meet the full demonstrated financial need for direct costs for all qualified students.*

  • You earned an 1100 SAT or 22 ACT score
  • You have a 3.4 out of 4.0 HS GPA or higher (calculated by Aquinas)
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • You must be admitted as a first-year undergraduate student starting in fall 2020
  • You must be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program for at least 12 hours during fall or spring semesters**

*As of November 2019, there is uncertainty around state funding for the Michigan Tuition Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarship. We are hopeful that a resolution is forthcoming.

**This guarantee does not apply to the engineering partnership with Western Michigan University or the nursing partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy.

Don’t qualify? See more options.


Five Easy Steps

1.

Apply to Aquinas

2.

Submit your FAFSA*

4.

Enroll at Aquinas

5.

Talk to your admissions counselor

*You must release your FAFSA to Aquinas College by March 1, 2020, to be considered for The Aquinas Commitment.


Four-Year Guarantee

For qualified students, we will guarantee that you will graduate in four years or the College will waive any additional tuition expense for up to one additional year for outstanding coursework required to graduate.*

*This guarantee applies to completing a single major. It does not apply to programs requiring teacher certification (i.e., most education majors) and Professional Accountancy. It also does not apply to the engineering partnership with Western Michigan University.


AQ Advantage Center

  • Prepare for your future with career services
  • Find exciting internships at more than 200 national organizations
  • Engage in out-of-class research and network with professionals in your field
  • Gain global experience and leadership skills in Study Away programs

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is The Aquinas Commitment?
The Aquinas Commitment is a three-part program. (1) If you qualify, we will meet your full demonstrated financial need for direct costs with a combination of institutional, federal and state funding, including subsidized and unsubsidized federal loan eligibility. (2) For qualified students, our Four-Year Guarantee promises that you will graduate in four years if you meet academic program qualifications or the College will waive any additional tuition expense for up to one additional year for outstanding coursework required to graduate. (3) Through the Advantage Center, which houses career services, internships, research opportunities and study away programs, we will walk alongside you to help you explore your talents in whatever you are called to do.

What costs does the program cover? What costs does the program not cover?
The Aquinas Commitment need guarantee includes demonstrated need for tuition, room/board and fees. It does not cover additional student expenses such as books and transportation and does not cover summer classes or study away.

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What if I don’t qualify for The Aquinas Commitment? 
We offer many other merit and need-based scholarships and grants. Nearly 99% of Aquinas students receive some form of financial aid. If you do not qualify for the need guarantee, talk to an admissions counselor and learn more about the Four-Year Guarantee, and visit the Advantage Center to learn more about career services, internships, research opportunities and study away.

How do I apply for The Aquinas Commitment?
Students must complete an admissions application to Aquinas College, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include the Aquinas College School Code (002239) on your FAFSA to release your FAFSA to Aquinas College by March 1, 2020. Contact the Office of Admissions at (616) 632-2900 or admissions@aquinas.edu to learn more.

To learn more about the Four-Year Guarantee, talk to an admissions counselor. To learn more about the Advantage Center career services, internships, research opportunities and study away offered by the Advantage Center, visit the Advantage Center Webpage.

Are currently enrolled students eligible? What about graduate students and continuing education students?
Only new first-year undergraduate students can be considered for need guarantee and the Four-Year Guarantee part of The Aquinas Commitment program. All Aquinas College students can work with the Advantage Center.


Contact Us

The Office of Admissions is here to help you. If you have questions, please contact (616) 632-2900 or admissions@aquinas.edu.