Serra Catholic School
Tuition Assistance Application Announcement
Dear Returning Families,
It is a part of our Serra vision and mission to provide a Catholic Education within the boundaries of our four parishes, for all those who desire to be a part of Serra Catholic School. We realize at times it may be difficult for our current Serra parents to continue to provide a Catholic Education for their child(ren). Tuition assistance makes this possible. In order for current families to have ample time to apply, we are releasing the tuition assistance applications prior to the distribution of our 2014-2015 registration packets.
With the continued support of our benefactors, we are pleased to continue Serra’s Tuition Assistance Fund for the 2014-2015 school year.
Here are some important factors about the Tuition Assistance process and application guidelines.
How is Serra’s Tuition Assistance Funded?
The limited funds are made possible primarily from the assistance of our parishes, Anchor Ball Fund in Need appeal, Tuition Assistance Luncheon, Annual Fund and the generosity of donors. Funding for this program is earmarked for the purpose of providing some assistance to our qualified school families.
How does the eligibility process work?
Once again, we are utilizing Private School Aid Service (PSAS), an independent outside service that will be determining a family’s eligibility for assistance. PSAS utilizes an analyzing system that is designed as a national standard of objective measurement for determining a family’s ability to pay for private elementary and secondary education. This process takes income and assets of the family into account, as well as the size of the family, the age of the parents, the number of children attending tuition charging schools, the state and/or metropolitan area where the family resides, the value of the parents’ assets, and the number of working parents. PSAS prioritizes the applications, based on need, for the committee to allocate funds.
The applications will be anonymous for the screening committee to fairly allocate funds. The screening committee is scheduled to meet in late May and will respond via mail to all applicants in June.
In addition to the eligibility process and committee review, each pastor will have the opportunity, at their request, to review their individual parishioner’s assistance appeal and questionnaire. It is important to your application process that you remain an active parishioner at your parish.
How and when do I apply?
Returning parents may apply via the Serra website under Parents>Parents Only and Protected Forms>2014-2015 Returning Family Tuition Assistance Application Grades TK-8 or by contacting Gloria Clifton in the Business Office at 888-1990, ext.-147 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Mrs. Clifton for application guidance or to review any special circumstances prior to requesting an application. Applications must be submitted directly to PSAS, no later than Tuesday, April 1, 2014.