Paying For College

The Financial Literacy and Advising Office is a resource for Southern students and families with an emphasis on paying for college and helping with general personal money management. The Financial Aid Office can provide assistance with the FAFSA and federal aid to your student!


Hello Parents,

I’m Lew DeLuca and wanted to share some financial literacy resources I provide for your students here at Southern.   As someone who is passionate about personal finance, I work with thousands of students teaching the basics of budgeting, credit, and investing.  Your children are in good hands if they wish to learn about how to be smart with money and create strategies for short-term and long-term financial wellness.  As a parent myself, I treat my students with honesty, patience, and compassion empowering them with the tools needed for a lifetime of financial success.  Know that I have their financial health in mind throughout our meetings and presentations as I approach paying for college with a desire for earning scholarships and alternative ways for payment to lessen the student loan debt burden at graduation. Looking forward to being your student’s financial coach during their days at Southern. 

Individual and Family Meetings

Customized Financial Plans

We look at the student's overall bill which includes:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Room and Board (if living on campus)

Add in any offered and available money:

  • Financial Aid Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Student Loans

This determines how to pay for school!

If there is not enough financial aid to cover the bill, we examine commuting opportunities as well as monthly payment plans , parent loans, and private student loans

Student One-on-One Meetings

Students meet one-on-one to develop ad enhance their lifelong money management. This includes advising in:

  • Banking
  • Budgeting
  • Taxes
  • Credit
  • Identity protection
  • Insurance
  • Investing
  • Homebuying

And so much more!

The Financial Literacy and Advising Office

Lewis DeLuca
(203) 392-8862

Contact Lewis to schedule a personalized meeting for any financial support or to ask additional questions!

Students can make appointments using SSC Navigate.*

We in the Office of Financial aid and scholarships seek to make the college financial process as easy as possible. Many of us are first-generation college students ourselves and understand firsthand how overwhelming this process can be.

The Financial Aid team works with Federal, State, private and institutional funds to make a Southern education as affordable as possible. Our role is to find you and your student the maximum amount of grants, loans, or work opportunities possible to help reduce (or even eliminate) any out-of-pocket costs.

We also seek to build personal relationships with all our students. Each student is assigned a personal financial aid advisor that will work with them from the day they arrive at Southern, until the day they graduate and become a proud Owl Alum! So anytime a question or a concern arises, please reach out to us as we are always here to help.

The Financial Aid Office

Sage Stachowiak
(203) 392-5447

Contact Sage for any financial support or to ask additional questions!