Frequently Asked Questions
TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMHow to Apply for Tuition Assistance:
Tuition assistance awards are made for a one-year period and must be renewed each year for returning students. A completed FACTS Grant Aid and Assessment application must be completed at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3CZZ8 in order to be considered for financial assistance. Some families may also qualify for The BASIC Fund (see The BASIC Fund information below). The BASIC Fund is an online process at www.basicfund.org. It is important that financial aid applications be submitted on time due to the limited funds available.
The BASIC Fund provides scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis to families in financial need. The awards are based on household size and income and cover up to $2,000 of the tuition per child each school year. Find more information about how the program works and find out how to apply www.basicfund.org/apply
Who is eligible for tuition assistance?
All families who have a student at or applying to St. Edward School are eligible to apply for tuition assistance.
How does the school determine a family’s eligibility for tuition assistance?
All tuition assistance granted is based on financial need. This is determined from the FACTS Grant Aid and Assessment application. The school looks at family income as well as other factors that might affect a family’s ability to pay.
What other types of assistance is available?
FACTS Grant Aid and Assessment forwards every tuition assistance application to Family Aid for Catholic Education (F.A.C.E.) if received by the March deadline stated on the front of the application. F.A.C.E. is a program funded and administered by the Diocese of Oakland. These awards are determined by F.A.C.E. and then communicated to St. Edward School.
The BASIC Fund (Bay Area Scholarships for Inner-City Children) is a privately funded program whose mission is to broaden the educational opportunities for inner-city children by helping low-income families afford the cost of tuition at private schools in the Bay Area.
The program is available to students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade at a private school for the first time. The program provides scholarships to help families send their children to the private school of their choice. The BASIC Fund scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need. The BASIC Fund is only for students entering a private school for the first time.
How do I apply for FACE?
FACTS Grant Assessment will forward your application information to FACE. There is no need to apply separately.
If I applied for and received assistance last year, do I have to apply again this year?
YES. Each family must apply every year in order to receive tuition assistance. Returning families who have significantly different economic circumstances this year may receive more or less assistance than they received last year.
What if my taxes are not completed by the application deadline?
In order to facilitate the application process, we encourage you to get your taxes done early to meet the deadlines. Federal Income Tax Returns from the previous year may be used if they are accompanied by the W-2 forms for the current year.
25 points due for two parent families
20 points due for single parent families
All service hours (points) must be completed by mid April each year.
Parents may also pay $20 per point if they prefer, service points not completed will be billed at this rate in May. A fixed number of points are assigned for some activities, for others – 1 point equals 1 hour of service. (Please see Parent Participation Handbook)
Where do I buy uniforms for my child?
Merry Mart Uniforms
33 Washington Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
We also have Uniform Exchange bins where parents can help themselves, at no cost, to uniforms that have been donated back to the school. Please come to the school office to find gently used uniforms.
HOT LUNCH PROGRAM
Does St. Edward School have a hot lunch program?
Yes we do offer a hot lunch program, through Choice Lunch. You may go to their website at www.choicelunch.com for more details.
SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE
What will my child’s schedule be for each school day?
6:45 a.m. - Kids Club opens for before school care
7:40 a.m. - Yard Duty Supervision Begins
7:58 a.m. - Students assemble in back area of campus
8:00 a.m. - Morning Prayer, Flag Salute
10:35 a.m. - Morning Recess
10:50 a.m. - End of Recess
12:30 p.m. - Lunch – All Grades (except TK at 11:30 am; and Kindergarten at 12:15 pm)
1:10 p.m. - End of Lunch
3:00 p.m. - Regular Dismissal for All Grades (TK-8)
3:20 p.m. - If you do not pick up your child by 3:20 p.m. they will go to Kids Club in the Doolan Center
2:15 p.m Dismissal. – Every Wednesday except for 12:30 p.m. Minimum Day Wednesday Dismissal (posted on calendar).
What if I don’t make it to school during the 20 minute dismissal after school?
If you are late picking up your child, your child will be walked down to Kids Club and checked in until you arrive.
Please visit our website at www.stedcs.org to see a schedule of our Kids Club activities and Kids Club Handbook under STUDENT LIFE, Extended Care.