Financial Aid 2018 – 2019
The parishes of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, St. James and Our Lady of Lourdes consider Catholic education to be a vital ministry of the parish and are committed to providing a Catholic school for the education of their children. In addition to the tuition paid by their parents, Catholic students at Our Mother of Perpetual Help School each receive financial support of approximately $1,750.00 from their parish to cover the cost of education. Recognizing that family circumstance may necessitate additional support, OMPH School has established a financial aid program to address the unique circumstance of each family.
Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions
How is financial aid determined?
Financial Aid is determined through an independent institution, FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment, which was selected for use by all schools within the Diocese of Harrisburg. Factors taken into account to determine financial aid are: parents’ total income, number of children in tuition paying schools, family size (number of dependents), age of parents, the value of parents’ assets, and the number of working parents in the household.
How do I know if I am eligible for financial aid?
The only way that financial aid can be determined is by completing an online application through FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment accessed at http://online.factsmgt.com/aid. The forms are similar to the Turbo Tax form and are easy to fill out. FACTS has a processing fee of $30.00.
Once an online application has been completed, the following information will need to be sent (uploaded, faxed or mailed) to FACTS to complete the application process:
- Copies of your most recent Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules.
- Copies of your 2017 W-2 forms for both you and your spouse.
- Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.
How do I know if it is worthwhile for my family to apply for aid?
The general guidelines for scholarship aid comply with the State of Pennsylvania requirements for meeting the EITC or Educational Improvement Tax Credit rules.
Income Eligibility Guideline:
Parents/Guardians maximum combined income: $77,648. Income limit increases $15,530 for each additional dependent of the household. If any other member of the household files a Pennsylvania tax form, that income must be included in your calculation of household income.
For example, parents combined earnings are $65,000. There are two dependent children in the household. One is a high school student with a part time job, who earned $5,000. Household income is actually $70,000. However, the family’s income limit for eligibility is $108,708 ($77,648 + $15,530 for each child). The family would meet the state eligibility guideline for a scholarship.
Where does the financial aid come from and how much is available?
In addition to the financial support offered to each Catholic child from the parishes Our Mother of Perpetual Help, St. James, and Our Lady of Lourdes as noted above, limited parish funds are available to qualifying Catholic families. A second means to receive financial aid is through the Neumann Scholarship Program. This program offering tuition scholarship is administered through the Diocese of Harrisburg and is funded by the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC). Neumann Scholarship money is available for children in Pre-school through 8th grade at OMPH School. The Diocese will assign the Neumann Scholarship funds to the families having the greatest need.
Additionally, qualifying families will have the opportunity to apply for tuition scholarships through the George and Mary Kremer Foundation. This organization provides tuition assistance to families enrolling children in Catholic schools who meet the financial guidelines of those eligible for a government funded free and reduced lunch
What is EITC or Educational Improvement Tax Credit?
EITC is a program which allows businesses to keep their tax dollars local by making a contribution, in lieu of tax, to qualifying scholarship programs such as the Neumann Scholarship. For information on EITC see: http://www.newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/funding-and-program-finder/educational-improvement-taxcredit-program-eitc. If interested in participating or you know a business that may be interested, please contact Mrs. McAleer in the Development Office.
When will I know if I received financial aid?
FACTS will provide a report to the Diocese of Harrisburg and to OMPH School providing a recommended level of assistance based on the financial information you provided. You will receive an Enrollment Agreement from the school which details financial aid and required tuition.
Could I receive Parish assistance and not receive Neumann Scholarship money?
Yes, in addition to the approximately $1,750.00 given to all Catholic children, limited funding is available for families in need.
Is there a deadline for financial aid?
Yes, the deadline for financial aid applications is March 25, 2018. To assure that qualifying families receive aid, it is imperative that applications are received by FACTS by the due date and that all required information is included at that time.
Do you have a FACTS question that you feel more comfortable asking FACTS directly?
Customer Care Representatives are available to assist you at 866-441-4637.