Bishop's Education Fund & Scholastic Opportunity Scholarship
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All parents who wish to be considered for grants from the Bishop's Education Fund/Scholastic Opportunity Scholarship must again have their needs assessed by Private School Aid Service (PSAS), a company which specializes in evaluating the need of families attending private elementary and secondary schools.
Parents are asked to submit a completed application with their pastor's signature, a copy of their tax return, and a per family application fee. Forms are due to PSAS by March 15th. Incomplete forms will be returned to you.
Parents must have the pastor sign their form, verifying that they are Catholic, prior to sending it for evaluation. As the form notes, parents may ask the pastor to sign a partially completed form which does not contain their financial information. A pastor's signature only confirms that the family is indeed Catholic, based on the appropriate canonical criteria. Signing the form does not commit a parish to financial obligation for aid.
The Signed application must be sent directly to PSAS as indicated on the application form. A check in the required amount made out to PSAS must be included with the form. This is standard procedure for a needs assessment service.
Any form received after the March 15th deadline will risk not receiving scholarship monies.
Even though a family might have children at both the elementary and secondary level, only one application is necessary. Parents may leave the tuition information blank for children attending a Diocesan Catholic school. If children attend any other schools charging tuition, however, they should fill in that rate. Our tuition rates will be communicated directly to PSAS.
Any family may apply. Awards depend on a number of factors (i.e., income, tuition rates, need of other families, etc.). PSAS will evaluate any properly submitted applications.
If you have specific questions, please contact the Department of Catholic Schools at 421-456-3090.
The upcoming school year will be the 19th year that grants from the Bishop's Educational Fund will be distributed. This program is for all Catholic students attending eligible schools and registered in eligible parishes. The fund is expected to award about $650,000 for the new school year.
This will be the 10th year that grants from the Scholastic Opportunity Scholarship will be distributed. This grant program is open to any student, Catholic or non-Catholic, residing in Pennsylvania and attending an eligible Catholic school in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. In the past 10 years, this fund awarded almost $27 million in grants and is expected to again award close to $4 million for the new school year.
All parents applying for either grant must have their need assessed by the Private School Aid Service (PSAS), a company from Cleveland, Ohio that specializes in evaluating financial needs. Parents must submit a copy of their federal tax return, state tax return if applying to SOS, a completed 2014-2015 "Student Aid Form" (with their pastors' signature if applying to BEF), and the application fee. All forms are due no later than March 15th. Incomplete forms will be on hold until all information is received and you may risk losing the funds available to those who are on time with their completed application.
I strongly encourage you to apply for either or both of the above available grants. All information is confidential. If you fall within the guidelines, please proceed with the application.
Only one application per family is needed.
Again, the needed documentation for complete application is:
- SAS application form completely filled out
- Pastor's signature (if applying for the Bishop's Educational Fund only)
- Federal tax return of previous year
- State tax return of previous year (if applying for the SOS grant)
- Application fee
- All information is due no later than March 15th
Awards will be sent home the beginning of June. If you receive a grant, the money will be deducted from the overall tuition amount. This will reduce your monthly payment.
Again, please apply if you fall within the guidelines.