Shown below are the expenses for students living on campus during the school year. Need-based financial aid is available from the College for the expenses of tuition and housing & food.
|2024 - 2025 Direct Costs
|Housing & Food
|Total Direct Costs
No Additional Fees
Thomas Aquinas College has no additional fees. There are, however, other expenses that you and your family will need to plan for:
|Books and Supplies
|$76.00 (see below)
|variable (see below)
|variable (see below)
|Student Loan Fees (if you are borrowing a federal Direct Student Loan)
Books and Supplies
Students attending Thomas Aquinas College have very little book expense. Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, nearly all of the books needed for the academic year are provided to each student at no cost. Books are distributed at the beginning of each semester. It is our hope that students will make these books a foundation of their personal lifetime library. (A few of the books used in the program may be made available through a lending arrangement with the College’s library.)
The only book-related charges will be a modest charge for laboratory manuals, which average $76 per year.
Note: If a book was required for a previous year, the College will assume the student still owns that title and will not provide an additional copy free of charge. An example of this would be "The Complete Works of Plato" which is used in each year of the program; thus the College will provide a copy of this text to incoming freshmen, but not to returning students. Copies will be available for purchase by sophomores, juniors or seniors who no longer have the copy they used in previous years.
Only one copy of one translation of each required text will be provided free of charge. Additional translations, replacement copies and other non-required texts are available for purchase. An example of this would be H. G. Apostle's translation of Aristotle's "Categories and Propositions." It is not a required translation, but a student may purchase it from the bookstore if he is interested in owning a copy.
Most financial aid recipients who are from out of state travel home only at Christmas break and at the end of the year, for a total of two round trips per year. The expense of traveling will vary according to the location of your home and your mode of transportation. The statewide average for students’ travel expenses is $1,232 for students attending college in California campus and $1,000 for students attending college in Massachusetts campus.
This category includes other expenditures students face, such as clothing, medical, laundry, personal care, recreation, phone, gifts, etc. The statewide average for students’ miscellaneous expenses is $3,212 for students attending college in the state of California and $3,524 for students attending college in the state of Massachusetts, but it is possible to spend far less than this amount if you are reasonable in your spending habits.
This is the average loan origination fee for students borrowing through the federal Direct Student Loan Program.