FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment

 

Our financial aid application deadline 

for the 2017-2018 school year has passed.

 


Thanks to some generous donors, we are able to provide tuition assistance (above and beyond the discounted rate) to some parish families whose children attend John Paul II Catholic School. To help ensure that these funds go to active, Catholic families dealing with financial challenges, we are using FACTS (a web-based program) as our primary tool for financial need analysis.


 

Who Is Eligible to Apply for Additional Assistance from the Parish?

 

Families who:

  • Are registered members of St. Bartholomew Church.
  • Have registered their child(ren) with John Paul II Catholic School for the coming school year and paid the registration fee.
  • Have met the minimum requirement for Mass attendances at St. Bartholomew (over the last 12 months) on record with the parish office.
  • Are up-to-date with their tuition payments for the current year.

 

Key Dates for Your 2017-2018 School Year FACTS Application

 

Sep 1, 2016

Our FACTS application officially "opens".

Jan 31, 2017

Our FACTS application "closes"; the application and all supporting documentation should be submitted before this date. (FACTS needs up to 3 weeks to process supporting documents; if your documents have not been processed by the time we are making assistance decisions, that may affect our understanding of your situation and your level of aid... So it's in your best interest to get the application and forms in early.)

Apr 10, 2017  (wk of)

St. Bartholomew will review the data and recommendations provided by FACTS.

Apr 18/19, 2017

Tuition letters for the coming school year will be customized and mailed.

Note: Our mailing may be delayed if we are waiting on information from other institutions that may provide funding. Rest assured that we will send the letters as soon as we are able. As you would imagine, the deadline for returning the letters to the parish office will be adjusted accordingly.

May 1

Signed tuition agreements must be received by the parish office by this date. Agreements received after this date waive any additional assistance that was offered in the agreement.

 


These dates are subject to change based on outside factors like when the parishes and school set their budgets for the coming fiscal year or when we hear from other funding sources.


 

Things to Know about the FACTS Process

 

  • Early in the application process you are asked to choose the institutions to which you are applying for assistance. JP2 and St. Bartholomew are considered by FACTS to be SEPARATE institutions; you must select BOTH institutions in your list of "schools" in order for your application to be seen by both institutions. You may also select other institutions (like your older child's high school).
  • Be sure to answer ALL of the questions - even if they seem redundant. The parish/school can each ask specific questions but will not see answers to the specific questions asked by other institutions to which you apply. For example, both JP2 and St. B may ask, "Is there anything else you think we should know about your financial situation?" You must answer it BOTH times in order for both institutions to receive your answer.
  • There is a family fee of $28 for applying; if you are applying to multiple institutions for assistance, the fee only applies once. That fee gets paid online (via credit card or bank transfer) during the application process.
  • It takes about 20 minutes to complete the online application if you have all of your documents readily available.
  • Additional guidance can be found in this document from FACTS.

 


 

What You Need to Know about Supporting Documents

 

Once your online application has been completed, you will be required to submit various documents so that your application can be verified. You want to submit these documents as early as possible because it can take several weeks for FACTS to process documents; if your documents have not been processed by the time decisions are made, that may affect your level of aid. The Archdiocese makes decisions in early February, so act sooner rather than later.

At a minimum, you will be required to submit:

  • Your Federal Income Tax Form for the prior-prior year (including all supporting schedules). For example, for the school year beginning 2017, you will submit your 2015 tax return.
  • Your W-2s for the submitted tax return (for both you and your spouse)
  • Documentation for any applicable Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers' Compensation, or TANF for the submitted tax return

To submit your documents, you can:

a. Fax them to: 1.866.315.9264

b. Upload them as PDFs (You will see the prompts for this in the FACTS online application.)

c. Mail copies to: FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment; PO Box 82524; Lincoln, NE 68501-2524

 

 

 

 

 

 Login to FACTS 

 to apply for additional  tuition assistance from

 St. Bartholomew Parish.

 

 Please review the eligibility  requirements and other  information on the right  before beginning the  application process.

 

 Questions?

 Contact FACTS at  1.866.441.4637