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The Verification Process - IMPORTANT!

The Department of Education selects approximately a third of our financial aid applicants for a review process called verification. To know whether you have been selected, review the messages in your Student Aid Report (SAR). As a courtesy to our students, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will send a letter to students selected for verification explaining what documentation needs to be submitted. Required Financial Aid documents will also be requested on your myStThom account.

As stated in your award letter, if selected for verification, your awards are estimated only and may be subject to change. Your financial aid cannot be applied to your student account until the verification process has been completed. Therefore, it is extremely important that you respond to all requests for information in a timely manner. Upon completion of the verification process, your aid eligibility may change.

Completion of the verification process may include, but is not limited to, the submission of the following documentation:

Dependent Verification Worksheet

Independent Verification Worksheet

Remember to give complete and accurate application and verification information, as we are required to resolve all discrepancies before aid will be applied to your student account.

All submitted documents must contain original signatures, student's name and student's UST student ID number or social security number.

If you receive any additional financial assistance not included in the award letter, your eligibility for certain types of aid may be impacted. Each time your financial aid package changes, we will send you a revised award letter. You are encouraged to monitor your student account by logging onto your myStThom account.

Eligibility Requirements for Financial Aid

Student Ruthie Linz is behind the Hughes HouseStudents seeking financial aid must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Be admitted as a degree-seeking student.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (I-151; I-151C; I-551; I-94 or certificate of naturalization).
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not be in default on a federal loan or owe a refund on a federal grant.
  • If male, be registered with Selective Service.


Satisfactory Academic Progress

To be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress towards a degree or certificate. Failure to meet these guidelines may deem you ineligible for federal aid.

SAP guidelines are as follows:

  • Undergraduate Students - Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Graduate Students - Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. 
  • All students must successfully complete 75 percent of all courses attempted. 
  • All undergraduate students must earn their undergraduate degree within 180 attempted hours.
  • All graduate students must earn their graduate degree within 54 attempted hours.

Learn more about SAP

Dependency Status

Please review these questions to determine your dependency status and whether or not you will need to provide parent information on your FAFSA.