FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
regarding tuition assistance at BMHS
Q: What is the CEF Tuition Award?
A: The CEF Award is a direct grant from the Catholic Education Foundation through the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It is strictly based on financial need and is awarded to families who meet or fall below the federal guidelines for poverty. The award is valid for one year and must be re-applied for each year.
Q: What is BMHS Assistance?
A: Bishop Montgomery seeks to assist families who struggle to meet the financial requirements of private school tuition. The administration determines the maximum number of awards based on the number of applicants and funds available. Most BMHS scholarships and grant awards are based on financial need; however, some also include academic, athletic, leadership, character, and/or special interest criteria. Please follow the Development link on our website to the “Gifts to BMHS” page to learn more about scholarships and endowment programs for incoming 9th or current BMHS students.
Q: Who can apply for financial aid?
A: Anyone can apply for financial aid. Financial aid decisions are based primarily on demonstrated financial need.
Q: How is a family’s need determined?
A: For CEF awards, families must meet or fall below the federal guidelines for poverty. Since CEF does not disclose their exact income guidelines, families who believe they may qualify for this award should apply.
For BMHS Assistance, families must submit the appropriate financial information, as well as supporting tax documents.
Please note that both parents must apply for financial aid, regardless of marital status. Parents may be required to provide proof with a copy of court order and/or students’ birth certificate(s).
Q: How is need determined for students from divorced, separated or single parents?
A: In circumstances where parents are divorced or separated, Bishop Montgomery will consider the income and assets of both parents (custodial and non-custodial) before giving an award. If either parent is remarried, the school will consider the financial situation of that step-parent to his/her other dependents. Both parents must apply for financial aid, regardless of marital status. Parents may be required to provide proof with a copy of court order and/or students’ birth certificate(s).
The school can assume no obligation from any assertion that a parent has disclaimed responsibility for education expenses. As each custody situation is unique, further information and clarification may be requested by the principal and/or tuition administrator to determine a family’s financial need.
Q: Besides demonstrated financial need, what other factors are considered for financial aid?
A: Financial need is the primary consideration when awarding most financial aid; however, some BMHS scholarships established for tuition assistance may have additional criteria including leadership, character, academic performance and potential and, in some cases, special interests.
Q: Are financial aid awards automatically renewed each year?
A: No, students must reapply each year for both CEF and BMHS-assisted financial aid.
Q: Does financial aid cover all school expenses?
A: Financial aid covers only tuition expenses. It does not include registration fees, books, uniforms, AP and other class fees, parent-service (PSI), school fundraiser commitments, or other additional student costs/fees.
Q: How do I apply for BMHS financial aid?
A: The BMHS financial aid information and application is available on-line.
Q: What documents do I need to submit to BMHS to be considered for financial aid?
A: Please see above.
Q: What is the deadline for financial aid?
A: For returning BMHS students, applications for CEF for the 2017-18 school year will be accepted through TBA.
For incoming 9th graders (current 8th graders at a Catholic elementary school in the fall of 2016), CEF applications must be submitted through the Catholic elementary school principal. CEF does not accept applications directly from students or families. Families should check with the student's current elementary school for CEF deadline.
Applications for all students applying for BMHS tuition assistance for the 2017-18 school year will be accepted for first-round consideration through January 4, 2017.
Q: When are financial aid recipients notified?
A: CEF awardees will receive a financial aid notification letter directly from CEF in March. For incoming 9th graders, BMHS will include tuition assistance awards in the acceptance letters. Current BMHS students will be notified of awards in July.
Q: Does an application for financial aid affect the admissions decision?
A: The admissions committee is unaware of students’ financial circumstances when reviewing applications for admission. In no way does a student’s financial circumstance affect his/her acceptance to Bishop Montgomery High School.
Q: Who can I contact if I have further questions regarding the financial aid application process?
A: Please contact:
• Jamey McElroy, BMHS tuition administrator, at (310) 540-2021 x225.