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Tuition Assistance

Sacred Heart Schools’ Tuition Assistance Program is administered through the Finance Office. To execute this program in a fair and systematic way, Sacred Heart partners with FAST to process tuition assistance applications. Based on the information submitted online by you, FAST processes applications and estimates the amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. We balance the demonstrated need with the Schools’ policy and available budget.

The Tuition Assistance Application process for the 2019-2020 school year is now open.


Deadlines and Important Dates

Failure to meet the following deadlines jeopardizes your opportunity for tuition assistance.

Current school families enrolling in senior kindergarten - 8th grade 2019-20

  • January 9, 2019: Deadline to submit your tuition assistance application
  • January 30, 2019: 2019-20 enrollment contracts distributed via email
  • February 27, 2019: Tuition assistance award notification letters distributed via email
  • March 1, 2019: Enrollment contracts due, SK - 8th grade
    • Please note: This date is for tuition assistance families only
    • Please return your tuition assistance award acceptance form with your enrollment contract
  • March 15, 2019: Deadline for submitting supporting tax documents to FAST
    • Required tax documents include a copy of your 2018 federal income tax return with applicable schedules
    • Awards are not final unit all required supporting tax documentation is submitted to and verified by FAST

New families accepted via Early Decision for senior kindergarten 2019-20

  • January 9, 2019: Deadline to submit your tuition assistance application
  • January 30, 2019: 2019-20 enrollment contracts distributed via email
  • February 27, 2019: Award notification letters distributed via email (Enrollment deadlines will be extended until families have been notified of their tuition assistance award.)
  • March 1, 2019: Enrollment contracts due
    • Please note: This date is for tuition assistance families only
    • Please return your tuition assistance award acceptance form with your enrollment contract
  • March 15, 2019: Deadline for submitting supporting tax documents to FAST
    • Required tax documents include a copy of your 2018 federal income tax return with applicable schedules
    • Awards are not final unit all required supporting tax documentation is submitted to and verified by FAST

Prospective and current families applying for preschool 2019-20

  • January 9, 2019: Deadline to submit your tuition assistance application for the first round of awards made to new students
    • Applications will continue to be accepted until the assistance budget is fully expended, but requests generally exceed funds
  • Upon admission: Families are provided with details of their tuition assistance award shortly following their acceptance letter.
    • The tuition assistance award acceptance form is due along with your enrollment contract
  • March 15, 2019: Deadline for submitting supporting tax documents to FAST
    • Families who apply after March 15 should submit there supporting documents along with their application
    • Required tax documents include a copy of your 2018 federal income tax return with applicable schedules
    • Awards are not final unit all required supporting tax documentation is submitted to and verified by FAST

Prospective families applying for senior kindergarten - grade 8 2019-20

  • January 9, 2019: Deadline to submit your tuition assistance application for the first round of awards made to new students
    • Applications will continue to be accepted until the assistance budget is fully expended, but requests generally exceed funds
  • Upon admission: Families are provided with details of their tuition assistance award shortly following their acceptance letter.
    • The tuition assistance award acceptance form is due along with your enrollment contract
  • March 15, 2019: Deadline for submitting supporting tax documents to FAST
    • Families who apply after March 15 should submit there supporting documents along with their application
    • Required tax documents include a copy of your 2018 federal income tax return with applicable schedules
    • Awards are not final unit all required supporting tax documentation is submitted to and verified by FAST

Prospective families applying for senior kindergarten Early Decision 2020-21

  • January 9, 2019: Deadline to submit your tuition assistance application
    • This is not an award; Sacred Heart will provide an estimate of what you may qualify for in 2020
  • March 1, 2019: Early acceptances announced for senior kindergarten 2020-2021
  • March 6, 2019: Accepted families are notified of their tuition assistance estimate, i.e. what they may qualify for in 2020
    • Please note: Families must re-apply in January 2020 to qualify for an actual award
  • March 11, 2019: Early Decision pre-enrollment agreements and deposits due from accepted families
    • Deposits are reduced for families who demonstrate financial need via their tuition assistance estimate

Steps to Complete Your Tuition Assistance Application

  1. Gather all documents necessary to complete your tuition assistance application including pay stubs, car and housing information, monthly budget, utility bills, etc.
  2. We require financial information from all adults involved in your child’s life – both custodial and non-custodial parents along with the child’s step parent(s). In the case of divorced or separated parents, each parent is required to submit a tuition assistance application and all required documents. FAST will guide you through this process.
  3. Submit your completed application to FAST by January 9, 2019. There is a $45 non-refundable fee payable via credit card to FAST to complete the application. TO APPLY FOR TUITION ASSISTANCE, CLICK HERE.
  4. Complete and submit your federal and state income tax forms. Copies of your 2018 Federal Income Tax Return (1040) and State Income Tax Return, including all required schedules and W–2/1099 must be scanned or mailed directly to FAST prior to March 15. Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email from FAST outlining the document submission process. We will not be accepting any documents via email or dropped off at Sacred Heart.
  5. For any questions regarding your FAST application, please contact FAST directly at help@ismfast.com or call (877) 326-FAST (3278). FAST is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

FAST® is a system owned by a third party, Independent School Management, Inc. (ISM). Once you leave Sacred Heart’s website or are redirected to FAST®, you are no longer governed by our website’s privacy policy or terms of service. We recommend that you read ISM’s privacy policy and end user license agreement carefully so you can understand the manner in which ISM will handle your personal information. Information you submit to ISM through FAST® will be shared by ISM with Sacred Heart for purposes of determining tuition assistance awards. Information may also be used by ISM and shared by ISM with other third parties as set forth in ISM’s privacy policies. Sacred Heart is not responsible and shall have no liability for FAST® or ISM’s data privacy and security practices and protections or the collection, use, processing, modification, merging, sharing or disclosure of your information by ISM or any other third party. We recommend that you read ISM’s privacy policies to understand the manner in which your personal information will be handled by ISM.