FINANCIAL AID FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: FINANCIAL AID

Q. Who may apply for financial aid (tuition, scholarships, fees, books, supplies)?

A. Anyone may apply for financial aid. However, our applicant pool is highly talented and funds are limited, so financial aid decisions are based primarily on financial need in addition to student academics, conduct and leadership.
Q. How do I apply for Damien High School financial aid?

A. FACTS Grant & Aid financial aid information is available online and applications are accepted throughout the school year. Your financial aid application will be considered incomplete until you have submitted all requested documents by FACTS and those documents are verified.
Q. Does applying for financial aid influence the admissions decision?
 
A. The admissions process is need-blind, meaning that the committee is not aware of who has applied for financial aid when applicants are being considered. Applying for financial aid will not affect the outcome of a student’s admissions application
Q. What is the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) tuition award?

A. This is a direct grant from the Catholic Education Foundation within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Historically awards from CEF have been approximately $2,000 per child, based on financial need and meeting strict income guidelines. An award is valid for one year only and must be applied for each year. CEF adheres to a strict income guideline, please see the CEF page for more information: 
Catholic Education Foundation
Q. When are Catholic Education Foundation tuition awards announced?

A. If you attend the on-campus, face-to-face interview (usually in November), you are notified on the spot at the end of the interview. If you apply via snail mail during Cycle II, the deadline is December 31st, 2021 and you will be notified in April/May 2022.

Q. What is the Damien High School Financial Aid Program (FACTS Grant & Aid)?

A. To be eligible for financial aid at Damien High School, a family must complete a FACTS Grant & Aid application and demonstrate financial need based on criteria established by the school. FACTS will assess your family's calculated need. The assessment process will take up to three (3) weeks. The Financial Aid Office at Damien will only re-review your application if you disagree with the FACTS Grand & Aid assessment. Final aid decisions are always based on the committee's assessment of an applicant's needs and the budgeted funds available. Unfortunately, there is always a greater demand for aid than there are resources. Information reviewed by the Financial Aid Office and discussions within Tuition Assistance Committee are strictly confidential and restricted to the committee itself. Applicants that are eligible for financial aid may be denied due to budget constraints and will be placed on a waitlist. The applications are managed through FACTS Grand & Aid through an online application at: 
Online FACTS Grant and Aid Application

Q. Are there other criteria considered when awarding assistance?

A. Financial Aid at Damien High School is awarded based on a family's demonstrated financial need. A GPA of 2.00 and good citizenship are requirements for financial aid and are considered by the Financial Aid Office when reviewing requests each year from students/families continuing at the school. All families awarded financial aid must sign a Financial Aid Agreement which delineates the school's expectations regarding a student's performance while attending the school.

Q. How is a family's need determined?

A. Financial need is defined as the difference between tuition and fees at Damien High School and a family's ability to pay. Damien High School, through the FACTS calculation process, assesses the financial strength of each family by taking into account many factors. Major factors considered are income (both taxable and nontaxable) and expenses, assets (home equity, real estate, savings, etc.) and indebtedness, family size, and number of children attending tuition-charging schools or in full time day care. The FACTS standard calculation considers these factors and determines each family's effective income. Out of this income, a portion is protected for necessities. The remaining income is defined as discretionary income. A standard percentage of this discretionary income is allocated towards education. Financial assistance awards reflect the difference between this amount and the sum of tuition and fees.

Q. When will we receive notice that our family received an award or no award?

A. If a family has completed the entire FACTS Grant & Aid Application with documents uploaded and verified by FACTS and the student has officially been accepted to Damien High School, award announcements are as follows:

 

Incoming 9th graders: after March 15 to First Day of School
Incoming transfers: after acceptance to Damien High School
Mid-year transfers: rolling/continuing basis
Current students: rolling/continuing basis


Q. When will the financial aid show up in FACTS Tuition Management?

A. The financial aid award will be posted 72hrs after your payment plan (FACTS Tuition Management) is setup and completed.

Q. Is financial aid automatically renewed each year?

A. Students receiving financial aid are required to re-apply each year if continued financial aid is desired. In extending financial aid to a student and their family, Damien High School attempts to support the continued attendance of the student through graduation, pending satisfactory performance overall and continued financial need. If the family's financial ability to contribute to the student's education increases, the level of aid awarded will decrease accordingly.

Q. Do I have to pay the $950 registration fee?

A. Registration fees are an expense to you, the family. Financial aid does not cover the registration fee. The registration fee is split into two payments, $550 due the last week of April and $400 due the first week of June. If you need to make special arrangements on paying your registration fees, please contact Kelvin Woods,
woods@damien-hs.edu or (909) 596-1946 x282.

Q. What about separated, divorced or single parents?

A. In the case of divorced or separated parents, or parents that have never married, the school considers the income and assets of both parents, custodial as well as non-custodial, before making any award. Naturally, each separated or divorced case is unique and may require further clarification and communication with the Financial Aid Office.

Q. What if I did not receive financial aid or need more aid than what was awarded, what should I do?

A. If you would like to appeal a decision, you may do so. You will need to explain why your tax documents, do not represent your current situation and attach supporting documents. Please send an e-mail to 
tuitionassistance@damien-hs.edudescribing your financial need situation.

Q. Does Damien High School award financial aid based on athletic performance?

A. Financial aid is based on financial need. Damien High School does not award financial aid for athletic performance.

Q. Where or who do I contact should I require further assistance with the application process?

A. Please contact the following departments:
For assistance with the online application process and questions regarding tax documentation, W2s and other documents, contact Facts Grant & Aid at 1-866-315-9262 (Spanish speaking help desk is available).

 

For an overview of the financial aid offered at Damien High School including the process, assessment and awards, please contact Kelvin Woods, woods@damien-hs.edu or (909) 596-1946 x282.


Q. How will financial assistance and tuition award recipients be notified?

A. For all CEF applicants, you will be directly notified by CEF. For Damien High School applicants, you will be notified via FACTS Grant & Aid through your registered email address.