Making Education Accessible

We are dedicated to helping families afford a Flintridge Sacred Heart education. Read on for all the details on how to complete your financial aid application.

Financial Support Programs

To help make a Flintridge Sacred Heart education accessible, we offer a financial aid program, scholarships, tuition payment options and student loan information. Approximately 35 percent of Flintridge Sacred Heart’s student body receives some form of scholarship or financial aid. Below you will find information about each of our financial support programs. Funding for scholarships and financial aid comes from Flintridge Sacred Heart's operating budget, foundation grants, donors and endowment funds.

List of 4 items.

  • Financial Aid

    Flintridge Sacred Heart has a growing financial aid program designed to support a strong, diverse student body that values both socioeconomic and cultural diversity. For the 2020-21 academic year, $1.7 million was awarded in financial aid to qualified students, including over $100,000 in pandemic related assistance.  Approximately 30 percent of Flintridge Sacred Heart's student body received need-based financial aid.

    Applying for financial assistance has no bearing on an applicant’s candidacy for admission. Decisions regarding financial aid are made after admission is determined. Families receiving aid can expect to continue receiving similar aid grants throughout their enrollment at Flintridge Sacred Heart unless financial circumstances improve.
    Financial Aid for Boarding Students
    Flintridge Sacred Heart offers financial aid to applicants whereby all sources of employment income can be verified by a United States tax return. Financial aid is not offered for room & board fees.

    The deadline to apply for financial aid is February 1, 2021. Click here for instructions and additional information. 

    Check out our frequently asked questions.
  • Scholarships

    Veritas Scholarship
    All incoming applicants are automatically considered based on sterling teacher/principal recommendations; demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics; co-curricular activities; and service to school and community. The Veritas Scholarship is awarded competitively regardless of a family’s financial need and is renewable for subsequent years. Individual scholarships of up to $10,000 have been awarded in past years. To be considered, applicants must have an application for admission completed and submitted by December 4, 2020.
    Alumnae Scholarship
    Incoming students who are the children or grandchildren of a Flintridge Sacred Heart alumna are eligible to receive an Alumnae Scholarship. The Alumnae Scholarship is awarded regardless of a family’s financial need and is renewable for subsequent years. Individual scholarships of up to $1,000 have been awarded in past years.
  • Payment Plans

    Flintridge Sacred Heart provides three payment options:
    One Payment
    Full year's tuition due by June 1
    Two Payments
    Due June 1 (60%) and December 1 (40%)*
    Ten Payments
    Starting June 1 (day students only)*

    *Requires participation in Tuition Refund Plan
  • Student Loans

    Some financial institutions offer loans to finance a secondary education. Repayment of these loans typically takes place over 2-15 years. Interest rates are typically better than a personal loan from a local bank and depend on factors such as credit score, loan term and loan amount. For more information, sample institutions are listed below. NOTE: Flintridge Sacred Heart does not recommend or endorse these vendors.

    Your Tuition Solution: www.yourtuitionsolution.com
    Sallie Mae: www.salliemae.com/k12loan or 800-559-3220
Together, the scholarship I received and my parents gave me two gifts: An amazing high school education and a community that helped me find myself. Flintridge Sacred Heart fosters a family of students who lift each other up, and every teacher cares about their students on a very personal level.
—Jenna Gulick '13, Johansing Scholar

Financial Aid Instructions & Checklist

The information requested is essential to the Financial Aid Committee review process. The committee feels a strong responsibility to make fair and logical decisions. Your responsibility, if you wish to receive financial assistance, is to provide them with the information to make those decisions. To ensure your file receives full consideration, please complete each step below by February 1, 2020. Unfortunately, incomplete applications cannot be considered.

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Step 2: Complete FACTS Application

    Complete the online FACTS application at online.factsmgt.com/aid.

    Applications will be available beginning November 11, 2020. There is a $35 nonrefundable application fee.

    TIP: Both parents must apply. If both parents are not applying, this MUST be explained in the Letter to the Financial Aid Committee. If not satisfactorily explained, your award eligibility may be automatically reduced by 50%.
  • Step 3: Obtain Tax Information

    Obtain the following tax information:
    1. 2020 W-2 Wage and Tax Statement copies for both you and your spouse.
    2. 2020 or 2019 filed tax return copies (form 1040, 1040A or 1040-EZ). See the note below.
    3. Other supporting tax schedule copies as listed on FACTS application (e.g., Schedule C and E)
    IMPORTANT NOTE FOR APPLICANTS WITH SCHEDULE C (Self Employment) INCOME: If your 2019 tax return or anticipated 2020 tax return includes over $50,000 of gross self-employment income (Schedule C), a 2020 tax return is required. If not available, you must submit a 2019 tax return by February 1 and a 2020 tax return by March 1.

    TIP: Don’t Forget Your K-1s, 1120s and 1065s. If you have an ownership interest in a partnership, LLC or S corporation, you must submit your K-1 for each entity. Where applicable, you must also submit Form 1120S (four pages) and Form 1065 (five pages). Your file will not be complete until these forms are received.
  • Step 4: Upload Tax Information to FACTS

    Upload ALL required tax information to FACTS.

    Information may be sent piecemeal (e.g., 2019 tax return sent earlier than 2020 W2). The sooner we receive it, the better.  

    FACTS help is available at 866-315-9262.
  • Step 5: Upload All Required Supplemental Documents

    Complete and upload the Letter to the Financial Aid Committee, as well as your Household Information Form and Housing Documentation.  Each item has a designated area in the Supplemental Document section of your FACTS application.

    TIP: Use the Letter to the Financial Aid Committee wisely. The Welcome Letter & Application Instructions lists eight examples of the type of items to include in this letter. If any of these are applicable to you, use this letter to explain it. This is what we are looking for in this letter.
  • Step 6: Complete IRS Form 4506

    Complete the IRS Form 4506 (request for copy of tax return)

    Be sure to sign it. No fee is required.
  • Checklist

    Complete and upload to FACTS by Feb. 1, 2021
    • Online FACTS application
    • 2020 W2s
    • Federal tax returns (complete copy with all schedules, e.g. A, B, C, D, E, etc.); no worksheets, please
    • All business tax returns for partnerships and corporations: K-1s for each entity, 1120S (four pages) & 1065 (five pages)
    • Household Information
    • Letter to Financial Aid Committee
    • Mortgage statement, home equity statement or home rental agreement (all that apply)
    • Signed IRS Form 4506 (no fee required)

    TIP: File a complete application. All of the above items are due by February 1, 2021 to complete your file. Incomplete files are usually due to missing tax information as listed on the online FACTS application. When you login to FACTS, missing documentation is listed on the first landing page. Keep checking until your file is complete!
  • You're Done!

    Please click here for more TIPS on how to successfully complete your application.

    Click here to download the instructions and checklist as a PDF.

    Important Note: Flintridge Sacred Heart reserves the right to request additional financial information (e.g., credit reports) and/or withdraw financial aid at any time during the school year should discrepancies be discovered in the information provided.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Will my application for financial assistance affect my child’s chances for admission?

    No. Admissions decisions are made without regard to a family’s financial circumstances. Financial aid requests are reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee only after the admissions decisions have been made.
  • Will I qualify for financial aid?

    It is very difficult to offer general guidelines by which you can determine your own eligibility. For example, although family income level is an important consideration, many other factors enter into the decision-making process, including number of children, number of children attending schools for which tuition is paid, other family dependents, assets, liabilities and unusual expenses. The letter to the financial aid committee explaining your financial need plays an integral part in assessing your financial need beyond information provided in your application. The average annual total family income receiving aid in 2020-21 was approximately $140,000.
  • What is the average award and how many students receive aid?

    Approximately 30% of Flintridge Sacred Heart's student body receives need-based financial aid. Financial aid awards for the 2020-21 school year averaged $12,000 and ranged from $3,000 to $22,000. All families pay some tuition as the maximum grant is 80 percent of tuition.
  • What if I am separated or divorced?

    Parents who are divorced, separated or never married must submit a complete financial aid application. All living parents are expected to contribute to their daughter’s education and complete all paperwork for financial aid. The Financial Aid Committee does not feel bound by the assertion that one parent disclaims responsibility for educational expenses. If two parents are not included in the application, this must be explained in the letter to the Financial Aid Committee.
  • What if I am a stay-at-home parent?

    If a family has children over the age of six, it is expected that both parents will be gainfully employed. If a parent chooses not to work, an annual amount will be added to the income calculations for evaluation unless the employment status is reasonably explained in the letter to the Financial Aid Committee.
  • What happens if I cannot meet the financial aid deadlines (e.g., tax-return extensions)?

    There’s no question that you are at a disadvantage if your file is not complete within the required time frame. We do understand, however, that there are factors that are sometimes beyond the family’s control. In such cases, please contact the Director of Financial Aid. Families submitting late applications are placed on the financial aid wait list. Upon completion, if funds are available, we are happy to make grants that take into account your calculated need and our remaining funds.
  • Do I need to reapply for financial aid each year?

    Each year, families must reapply for aid for the following year. Unless your situation has changed greatly, your financial aid grant will remain relatively the same each year.
  • How are financial aid decisions made? Is the process confidential?

    Flintridge Sacred Heart retains the services of FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment (FACTS), an organization that helps independent schools across the country determine a family’s financial need. In reviewing each application for aid, the Financial Aid Committee considers both the FACTS information and all other additional details the family is asked to provide.

    The Financial Aid Committee members generally include: the President, Director of Financial Aid and Director of Advancement. The committee maintains strict confidentiality over the financial aid files. Teachers and/or students are not informed of financial aid decisions.
  • Are there scholarship programs that are not based on financial need?

    Yes. Veritas Scholarships are academic and achievement awards available to 9th-grade students regardless of their financial need. These scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen that demonstrate outstanding and consistent accomplishments in the areas of academics, entrance exam results, co-curricular activities, service to the school, parish or community and academic references. Recipients are awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 per school year which are renewable based on the student’s continued satisfactory grades, effort and conduct. To be considered, applicants must submit a completed application by December 4, 2020.

    Alumnae scholarships are awarded to ninth grade students whose mothers or grandmothers are Flintridge Sacredeart alumnae and who have strong academic records. To apply, complete an Alumnae Scholarship application. Due date is Feb. 3, 2020.
  • What if I don’t qualify for financial aid or a scholarship?

    Flintridge Sacred Heart’s 10-month payment plan may be of assistance. Also, please review our website for information on student loans and contact information for vendors offering this product.

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Tuition & Fees

DAY STUDENTS

TUITION

$27,650
 

NON-REFUNDABLE ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT

$2,000
 

ADDITIONAL FEES

Student Parking: $225 - $325
Annual Bus Service: $1,395
 

BOARDING STUDENTS

TUITION, ROOM & BOARD

Tuition: $27,650
Room and Board: $34,090
Total: $61,740
 

NON-REFUNDABLE ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT

$6,000
 

ADDITIONAL FEES

Refundable Key & Lock Deposit: $60
Refundable Minor Medical Deposit: $250
Boarding Student Medical Insurance: $625
 

ADDITIONAL FEES FOR DAY & BOARDING STUDENTS

Billed by Flintridge Sacred Heart

Tuition Refund Plan: $300 (only if full payment not received by June 20, 2020)
New Student Fee: $1,500 (one time only)
Graduation Fee: $925 (seniors only)
Technology: $500
Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Fee: $95
 

Variable Costs

Books: $300 - $600
Uniforms: $300 - $500
 
 

See Tuition and Fee Schedule for day students or boarding students for additional information.

Contact

CHRISTINE MAUER

Director of Financial Aid
626-685-8588
cmauer@fsha.org

JANIS TISTA

Financial Aid Administrator
626-685-8574
businessoffice@fsha.org

FACTS Help

866-315-9262

FLINTRIDGE SACRED HEART

440 St. Katherine Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
626-685-8300

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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory, day and boarding school, educates young women for a life of faith, integrity, and truth.

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