Frequently Asked Questions - Financial Assistance

Q. Who may apply for financial assistance (tuition, fees, books, supplies)?
A. Anyone may apply for financial assistance. However, our applicant pool is highly talented and funds are limited, so financial assistance decisions are based primarily on financial need in addition to student academics, conduct and leadership. Families enrolling at the School should also be aware that it is unlikely they will receive financial assistance in future years if they do not apply for financial assistance upon initial application to the School, or are unable to clearly demonstrate a significant, unexpected financial reversal.
 
Q. How do I apply for Damien High School financial assistance?
A. FACTS Grant & Aid financial assistance information is available on-line and applications are accepted throughout the year. Your financial assistance application will be considered incomplete until you have officially completed the admissions application process to Damien High School https://www.damien-hs.edu/apps/pages/admissionsoverview AND all documents requested by FACTS are submitted and verified.
 
Q. Does applying for financial assistance influence the admissions decision?
A. The admissions process is need-blind, meaning that the committee is not aware of who has applied for financial assistance when evaluating applicants, so that it cannot affect the outcome of a student’s application. The Financial Assistance Office is committed to assisting qualified applicants such that financial status should not dissuade any outstanding student from applying.
 
Q. What is the Catholic Education Foundation tuition award?
A. This is a direct grant from the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Catholic Education Foundation, which historically has 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: https://www.damien-hs.edu/apps/pages/tuitioncef.
 
Q. When are Catholic Education Foundation tuition awards announced?
A. If you attend the on-campus, face-to-face interview (usually in October), you are notified on the spot at the end of the interview. If you apply during Cycle II (deadline is January 17, 2020), you will be notified the in March.
 
Q. What is the Damien High School Financial Assistance Program (FACTS Grant & Aid)?
A. To be eligible for financial assistance 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 Damien Financial Assistance Office will only 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 Assistance Office and discussions within committee meetings are strictly confidential and restricted to the committee itself. Applicants that are eligible for financial assistance may be denied due to budget constraints and will be placed on a waitlist. The applications are managed through FACTS Grand & Aid through an on-line application at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/484J5.
 
Q. Are there other criteria considered when awarding assistance?
A. Financial Assistance 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 assistance and are considered by the Financial Assistance Office when reviewing requests each year from students/families continuing at the School. All families awarded financial assistance must sign a Financial Assistance 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 the financial assistance show up in FACTS Tuition Management?
A. If you have received and accepted financial aid it will be applied after the payment plan (tuition management) setup is complete. Once you set up the payment plan, the Financial Assistance Office will then be able to provide proper credits to your account.
 
Q. Is financial assistance automatically renewed each year?
A. Students receiving financial assistance are required to re-apply each year if continued tuition assistance is desired. In extending tuition assistance 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. Does a tuition assistance award cover other School expenses?
A. Tuition assistance awards only cover the cost of tuition. Tuition assistance does not cover other expenses, such as activity fees, AP Fees, bus service, Chromebooks, class/lab fees, fundraising obligation, IB Fees, registration fees, required School retreats, service hours, etc. Tuition assistance does not cover the cost of optional expenses, such as extracurricular sports programs or ASB activities.
 
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 will now change their policy and will now consider 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 Assistance Office.
 
Q. What if I did not receive financial assistance or need more assistance than what was awarded (APPEAL)?
A. If you would like to appeal a decision, please send an e-mail to tuitionassistance@damien-hs.edu describing your financial need situation.
 
Q. Does Damien High School award financial assistance based on athletic performance?
A. Financial assistance is based on financial need. Damien High School does not award financial assistance/tuition assistance 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 Spartan Grant on-line 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 assistance offered at Damien High School including the process, assessment and awards, please email tuitionassistance@damien-hs.edu.
 
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 Facts Grant and Aid applicants, you will be notified once Damien High School determines your admissions status and the amount of funds available for the next school year.