There are currently 3 different types of Tuition Assistance options offered to families attending Saint Hilary School and each one has its own process. Please read the descriptions below carefully:
The BASIC Fund
The BASIC Fund is a privately funded program whose mission is to broaden the educational opportunities for students by helping low-income families afford the cost of tuition at private schools in the Bay Area.
The program is available to students entering Kindergarten through Eighth Grade to attend private schools in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma Counties. The program provides scholarships to help families send their children to the private school of their choice. The BASIC Fund scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need.
BASIC Fund is available for new students attending private school for the first time only. Siblings already attending the school and not receiving the BASIC Fund can be included as long as one student in the family is attending private school for the first time.
BASIC Fund Application Process
For New Families:
New applicants may begin the application process by visiting the BASIC Fund website http://thebasicfund.org and clicking on the new applications link. The deadline is April 15, 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year.
For Renewing Families:
Your renewal packages will be sent to you from Saint Hilary School in late March. You will need to complete them and return them to Carolyn Biasotti or the School Office as soon as possible.
Archdiocesan Family Grants
The Archdiocese of San Francisco estimates for the 2012-2013 school year that they will be able to award just slightly less than $1,000,000.00 in tuition assistance to our families in the Archdiocese on an as-needed-basis. They will split the amount between high school awardees and elementary awardees. Last year, they awarded aid to families up to $48,000.00 in income, and the average family income was $35,000.00.
For elementary students, April 15th is the deadline for submitting all information to the third party need evaluation company (TADS) that is used to collect the financial data from families.
Late applications will NOT be considered. The Archdiocese expects to announce the awards to elementary student's families at the end of May.
Archdiocesan Application Process
For New and Returning Families:
Please visit the TADS website at http://www.mytads.com and click on the Financial Aid Assessment blue square to begin the application process. All applications and supporting documentation need to be submitted by April 15, 2013 for 2013-2014 school year. Their customer service is very helpful.
Saint Hilary Tuition Assistance
Saint Hilary School and Parish offer tuition assistance to families that have been at the school for at least three years and may need some financial assistance because of a change in circumstances. The Financial Assistance Committee looks at each family's needs on a case-by-case basis and awards are based on the assistance budget for the year, as well as the number of families in need.
For Returning Families:
If you have applied for the Archdiocese aid using TADS, then simple let Carolyn Biasotti know that you would also like to apply for the Saint Hilary Assistance and she will download a copy of your application and supporting documents and create a file for the Saint Hilary Assistance Committee.
If you have not used the online TADS form, then please call Carolyn Biasotti and she will send you a hard copy application for Saint Hilary Assistance.
All applications for Saint Hilary Assistance need to be submitted by April 15, 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year.