FINANCIAL AID

It's our goal to make an FSHA education accessible to all students who can best benefit from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's long tradition of strong, Catholic college-preparatory education.

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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, 2018. Unfortunately, incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Step 1

Download the following forms from the FSHA website:

Step 2 

Complete the Financial Aid Questionnaire.

TIP: Complete the Family Monthly Budget included on this form. This form is mandatory. It is useful for you when completing the online FACTS application and useful for us in understanding your financial profile. Complete this worksheet first and then make sure your online application is consistent.

Step 3 

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

Applications will be available beginning November 1, 2018. There is a $25 nonrefundable application fee.

TIP: Both parents must apply. If both parents are not applying, this MUST be explained in the Letter to the President. If not satisfactorily explained, your award eligibility may be automatically reduced by 50%.

Step 4

Obtain the following tax information:
  1. 2017 W-2 Wage and Tax Statement copies for both you and your spouse.
  2. 2017 or 2016 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 2016 tax return or anticipated 2017 tax return includes over $50,000 of gross self-employment income (Schedule C), a 2016 tax return is required. If not available, you must submit a 2016 tax return by February 1 and a 2017 tax return by March 1.

TIP: Don’t Forget Your K1s, 1120s and 1065s. If you have an ownership interest in a partnership, LLC or S corporation, you must submit your K1 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 5 

Submit ALL required tax information to FACTS.

Information may be sent piecemeal (e.g., 2016 tax return sent earlier than 2017 W2). The sooner we receive it, the better. Send it one of three ways:
  • Upload a PDF of your tax information for fastest processing. Once logged in, instructions are available on the landing page of the FACTS website.
  • Fax to FACTS at 866-315-9264.
  • Mail copies of your tax information to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, P.O. Box 82524, Lincoln, NE 68501-2524. This is the slowest processing method.
FACTS help is available at 866-315-9262 or by email at help@factstuitionaid.com

Step 6 

Complete the Letter to President and Family Monthly Budget, and obtain your mortgage statement or rental agreement. These items are REQUIRED.

TIP: Use the Letter to the President wisely. The questionnaire 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. For example, if you have a negative cash flow, we need to understand how you are able to fund the deficit.

Step 7 

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

Be sure to sign it. No fee is required.

Step 8

Mail five items (see checklist below) to FSHA:

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
ATTN: Financial Aid
440 St. Katherine Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Checklist

Complete and upload to FACTS by Feb. 1, 2018 Complete and mail to FSHA by Feb. 1, 2018
•  Online FACTS application
•  2017 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: k1s for each entity, 1120S (four pages) & 1065 (five pages)
•  Questionnaire
•  Letter to President
•  Family Monthly Budget
•  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, 2018 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: FSHA 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.

Incomplete & Late Applications

Incomplete applications for financial aid cannot be considered.

Late applications (those received after February 1, 2018) can only be considered after all timely applications have been reviewed, and then, only if funds are still available.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Financial Aid FAQs

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Will I qualify for financial aid?

    A: 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 president 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 2016-17 was $140,000.
  • Q: What is the average award and how many students receive aid?

    A: Financial-aid awards for the 2016-17 school year averaged $9,700 and ranged from $2,000 to $18,900. All FSHA families pay some tuition, as the maximum grant is 80% of tuition. Approximately 25% of Flintridge Sacred Heart’s student body receives need-based financial aid.
  • Q: What if I am separated or divorced?

    A: 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 president.
  • Q: What if I am a stay-at-home parent?

    A: 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 president.
  • Q: What happens if I cannot meet the financial aid deadlines (i.e., tax-return extensions)?

    A: 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.
  • Q: Will my application for financial assistance affect my child’s chances for admission?

    A: 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.
  • Q: Do I need to reapply for financial aid each year?

    A: Yes. 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.
  • Q: How are financial aid decisions made? Is the process confidential?

    A: FSHA 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 may change each year, but 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.
  • Q: Are there scholarship programs that are not based on financial need?

    A: 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. Scholarships are renewable each year based on the student’s continued satisfactory grades, effort and conduct. Award amounts in the prior year averaged $7,500. Everyone who applies to FSHA as an incoming freshman will automatically be considered for the Veritas Scholaship. No further action is required.

    Alumnae scholarships are awarded to 9th-grade students whose mothers or grandmothers are FSHA alumnae and who have strong academic records. To apply, complete an Alumnae Scholarship application by February 1, 2018.
  • Q: What if I don’t qualify for financial aid or a scholarship?

    A: FSHA’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.
“FSHA taught me how hard work, perseverance and dedication pay off.” —Michelle Gutierrez DeMaio '88

Financial Aid Contacts

Ms. Mindy Wong
Accounting Supervisor and Financial Aid Administrator
626-685-8501
mwong@fsha.org

Mrs. Carmella Grahn
Director of Finance, Planning & Operations
626-685-8550
cgrahn@fsha.org

FACTS Help
866-315-9262
help@factstuitionaid.com

Where Does the Money Come From?

Funding for scholarships and financial aid comes from FSHA’s operating budget, foundation grants, donors and endowment funds. In addition to the generosity of our individual donors, we would like to acknowledge the following foundations and benefactors whose contributions make it possible to offer financial assistance to our students:

Ahmanson Foundation
Alumnae Scholarship Fund
Botello Endowment Fund
Carl Schuck Family Endowment Fund
Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation
Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
Edward E. Ford Endowment Fund
Eugenie Hannon Endowed Fund
Fritz B. Burns Foundation
The FSHA 75th Anniversary Endowment Fund
General Scholarship Endowment Fund
George H. Mayer Endowment Fund
Johansing Endowment Fund
Marisa Anne Lupica Endowment Fund
Mozilo Family Endowment Fund
O’Mara-Durham Family Endowment Fund
St. Joseph Endowment Fund
William Martin Todd Trust Endowment Fund
 
It is our hope that in the years to come, as financial situations change, the parents and daughters who have benefited from our financial aid and scholarship program will in turn make their own contribution to these funds so that the school’s tradition of outreach may continue.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth. 

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

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

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