Education Cost Assistance

It is a part of our 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 St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. We realize at times it may be difficult for our current SJSC parents to continue to provide a Catholic Education for their child(ren) and educational cost assistance may be the only way to make that possible.
 

Here are some important factors about the Educational Cost Assistance process and application guidelines:

How is SJSC's Educational Cost Assistance Funded?

Educational Cost funds are made possible primarily through the assistance of our Anchor Ball Fund in Need Appeal, the "Seasons" Educational Cost Assistance Luncheon and the generosity of our parishes and special donors.

 

How does the eligibility process work?

1. Families must proceed with their current year registration and payment of required deposits, which will take place in April in order to be considered for the assistance review. All applicants must be in good financial standing with the school, All outstanding educational cost payments or fees must be paid prior to accepting application for review. Applications must be completed and include all tax information prior to review.  

2. FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment

We are pleased to be working with FACTS, our online administrator for managing our Educational Cost Assistance application process. FACTS is an independent outside service that will be determining a family's eligibility for assistance. FACTS utilizes an analyzing system that is designed as a national standard of objective measure for determining a family's ability to pay for 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 parent's assets, and the number of working parents. FACTS 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 allocate funds fairly. The screening committee is scheduled to meet in late April of each year and will respond via email to all applicants in May.

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 the application process that you remain an active parishioner at your parish.

How and when do I apply?
The Educational Cost Assistance application for the 2019-2020 school year is now open.

Please access this link in order to complete your application.  The deadline to complete applications is March 31, 2019.  Only completed applications including submitting your 2018 tax documents will be considered.    

If you have questions about the Educational Cost Assistance program please contact Mrs. Margie Kollen, at 888-1990, ext. 139 or e-mail mkollen@serraschool.org.