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Tuition & Financial Assistance

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 2015-2016 registration packets. 

With the continued support of our benefactors, we are pleased to continue Serra’s Tuition Assistance Fund for the 2015-2016 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?

1. Families must proceed with their 2015-2016 Registration and payment of required fees which will take place in late March in order to be considered for the assistance review. 

2. Private School Aid Service (PSAS) Review

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 Screening Committee to allocate funds.    

3. Screening Committee Review and Response Letters

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. 

4. Active Parishioner Status Questionnaire

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?

2015-2016 Returning Families online application deadline was Wednesday, April 1, 2015.  Serradipity newsletter announcements are made each year (February through March) to inform returning families of the application period for the upcoming school year. 

For questions, please contact Joanne Beal in the Advancement Office at 888-1990, ext.-139 or email at jbeal@serraschool.org.