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About Financial Aid

Sacred Heart Academy seeks young women of strong character with a record of academic success who desire a value-centered education in the Catholic tradition. We believe in supporting the realization of this mission through the implementation of a financial aid program. Approximately 35 percent of the students at Sacred Heart Academy receive assistance through the school’s endowment fund and operational funds. Awards are based on need as determined by the FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) program.

Freshman applicants should follow the admissions process, complete the Application for Admission, and then complete the FAST form available online. Financial aid awards are based on need and number of requests, and are given along with acceptance in January. All current families must reapply each year for financial aid between January and March.

Timeline for Applying for Financial Aid

  • Financial Aid Applications due for freshman applicants - December 10, 2018
  • Notification of Award for freshman applicants -  Mid-January 2019
  • Application available online for current families - January 20, 2019
  • Financial Aid Applications due for current families - March 30, 2019
  • Notification of Award for current families - early May 2019

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  • Tuition

    A $750 tuition deposit and a completed enrollment contract start the payment process. The deposit is then deducted from the total tuition when a payment option is selected.

    The tuition for Sacred Heart Academy for the 2018-2019 school year is $15,500. There is a general fee of $100. Tuition for each school year includes activity fees, class trip fees and technology fees including the lease of a laptop computer.

    The athletic fee is $50 per sport, per athlete.
  • About Financial Aid

    Sacred Heart Academy seeks young women of strong character with a record of academic success who desire a value-centered education in the Catholic tradition. We believe in supporting the realization of this mission through the implementation of a financial aid program. The availability of school resources, the number of qualified applicants and overall budgetary constraints influence financial assistance decisions. Sacred Heart Academy is committed to providing available financial aid to as many eligible applicants as possible.

    Only a portion of demonstrated need can be met. As families decide whether to accept a financial aid award it is important that they carefully consider their financial obligation for the remaining portion of tuition, as well as transportation and other incidental costs of attendance. In recent years, the awards have been between 5% and 50% of the cost of tuition.

    Decisions regarding financial aid are made separately from the admissions process and financial aid applications are considered only after a student has been accepted and enrolled. We offer below a list of frequently asked questions regarding financial aid.
  • Financial Aid Application

    Sacred Heart Academy accepts financial aid applications for the 2018-2019 school year between January 20 - March 30, 2018 for current families, incoming freshman may apply from August 1 - December 10, 2017 and will receive their acceptance letters in mid-January. Please note — you will not automatically receive aid for the upcoming school year if you received aid this year. Applications are required for each school year. Families applying for financial aid must complete an application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FAST (Financial Aid for Student Tuition) by the deadline. If your application is not submitted on-time or does not contain the required documentation, you may not be considered for financial aid.  

    The FAST program provides a need-based financial aid analysis service that includes an income verification process. All information from FAST remains confidential and is reviewed by the school. After applying, you will mail tax documents (see address below) to FAST. Please do not send any originals, and do not fax or e-mail the tax information:

    Independent School Management
    ATTN: FAST Processing
    1316 N Union St
    Wilmington, DE 19806

    Please enter your name on the application exactly as it appears on your tax return. The online application process is self-guided. You can partially complete an application and go back to it another time, if you don't want to complete the application in one sitting. If you have any questions about the application process, please call the FAST Call Center at I-877-326-FAST (3278), open 24 hours a day.

    The non-refundable application fee is $43, payable by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. (Discover card is not accepted). The application fee will be billed as Independent School Management (ISM).

    If you are applying to other schools that use FAST for financial aid, the second application will cost $10. FAST will e-mail you a PIN number and personalized link to the second application. You must use the PIN and link in the e-mail to apply to each additional school at a reduced rate of $10. Please contact the FAST Call Center at 877-326-FAST (3278) if you need any assistance in applying to multiple schools.

    Please use the FAST Quick Processing System to print a bar code page to mail with your tax documents. After you pay for your application, you will see the FAST Quick Processing screen. You can also log back into your application and click on the link "Quick Processing for Tax documents to be sent."
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How will Financial Aid applications be evaluated?
    The school utilizes Financial Aid for School Tuition or FAST as a tool for evaluating applications for Financial Aid. This program is widely used by private schools and is valued for its objective and thorough approach to Financial Aid. All Financial Aid applicants are required to apply online through FAST. FAST considers not only taxable and nontaxable income, but also other assets and factors that bear on a family's ability to pay tuition, including home equity, other real estate, savings, liabilities, family size, age of parents, and number of children attending independent schools and colleges. Families are required to submit a signed copy of their 2017 (2016 for incoming freshman) federal income tax return, W-2 forms and all schedules. If applicable, all corporate and partnership/sole proprietorship forms must also be included All applications of both current and new families are evaluated using FAST. The Financial Aid Committee then meets and carefully weighs each family's capacity to pay against the capacity of all other financial aid applicants. Sacred Heart Academy treats all information provided to FAST as confidential. The results are only known to members of the Financial Aid Committee.

    How is a divorced or separated family considered in the financial aid process?
    The school requests that both natural parents provide financial information each year. In addition, if the custodial parent has remarried, the stepparent's financial information should be provided. Marriage or remarriage to, or cohabitation with, another adult by either parent creates a new family unit with new relationships. In such cases, the income and assets of the entire family unit, including stepparents and stepchildren, are viewed as relevant for purposes of calculating a family’s level of need. The School considers the obligation of the parents to new family situations in determining the aid award, but the School will not allocate the award on a proportional basis among the families involved. In cases where one parent cannot comply, the custodial parent should submit a written explanation.
     
    Whom should I contact if I have questions regarding the Financial Aid process?
    If you have questions on the application itself please contact FAST directly. The company is available 24 hours a day to help with application questions or issues. If you have questions following the notification deadline or have not heard back from Sacred Heart Academy regarding your application, please contact the Business Manager, Maria Cammarota.

    Is the financial aid grant awarded for one year or multiple years?
    Financial aid grants are awarded for a single school year. Families must re-apply each year and the amount of the grant may change dependent upon the demonstrated need of the family. If a student has an account indicating an outstanding tuition balance, parents must arrange for complete payment of the tuition owed before the student may re-enroll for the following school year and before a financial aid grant is awarded.

The Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Memorial Scholarship

Each year incoming freshmen with outstanding academic records who achieved the highest entrance exam score are awarded The Sister Antonine Signorelli, ASCJ Memorial Scholarship.This scholarship was established to honor the life, philosophy, and achievements of Sister Antonine Signorelli, the foundress and first principal of Sacred Heart Academy. Sister Antonine Scholars form a distinct group of young women who display strong academic success with promise for future accomplishment. They truly affirm our school motto, “Excelsior.”

Through the years, our Sister Antonine Scholars have been accepted to and graduated from the finest colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Recent graduates who are Sister Antonine Scholars currently study at the University of Leicester in Great Britain, Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, Brown University, Tufts University, Yale University, MIT, US Naval Academy, Dartmouth College, and Cornell University, among other universities. Several have been named National Merit Finalists and State of CT Governor’s Scholars.

Sister Antonine Scholarship recipients learn of this honor in January at the time of acceptance. In March, new scholars along with their families are invited to an afternoon reception of celebration hosted by Antonine Senior Scholars and the Admissions Office.

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