Making the high school decision is very important to families, as it lays the foundation for college and life success. Tuition and fees are often a challenging consideration to families, and it is our AHA mission to make a Holy Angels education a reality for a widely diverse community of students.
This year of COVID 19 brought additional strain to families with furloughs, loss of jobs or reduced income. We were able to offer over $2.5 million in tuition grants to help 47% of our students to attend AHA. We take seriously the responsibility to bridge the financial gap between our tuition and what your family can afford to pay.
In actuality, each and every AHA student is the beneficiary of scholarship as the cost of tuition does not cover the full cost to educate a Holy Angels student. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our fundraising events (Steak Fry and Starfest), and our annual fund, we are able to discount our actual tuition cost.
Tuition Assistance is offered to new and returning students through various opportunities:
St. Joseph Academic Scholarships: These awards honor eighth-grade students who, through their academic performance, character and community service, are living out the AHA Way during their grade school years. These are merit-based scholarships and do not require demonstrated financial need. Students do not need to complete an additional application as we use the admissions materials that are submitted. This scholarship is renewable over the 4 years of attendance at AHA provided the student maintains a 3.25 GPA.
Flaherty Family Foundation Scholarship:Academy of Holy Angels partners with the Flaherty Family Foundation (FFF) to provide scholarships to high achieving 8th grade students who have high financial need.
Here are the criteria to apply for this scholarship, which will be renewed each year of high school provided students maintain the following requirements:
7th and 8th grade GPA of 3.5.
Student is a strong contributor to his/her community, with a strong desire to attend AHA.
Families must complete a TADS application (tads.com) with all required documentation by February 1, 2021.
Demonstrate high financial need.
Students are required to submit an application to FFF, and the FFF will select the students and families they will interview.
**Please know that the FFF offers much, much more than financial support to students. They offer academic support and coaching, funding for internships and other enrichment activities, and college and career support. Learn more about this scholarship at flahertyfamilyfoundation.org.
Returning Student Scholarships: These are awards based upon financial need and merit (strong academic achievement, leadership potential and demonstrated community service.)
The Scholarship Application for Returning Students may be downloaded here. Required Teacher Recommendation form may be downloaded here.
Important Deadlines/Instructions for Scholarship Applications:
Complete a TADS Financial Assessment Form by January 15, 2021.
Complete the scholarship application by February 1, 2021.
Have a current Teacher Recommendation completed and on file by February 5, 2021.
Be registered for classes at AHA for the 2020-2021 school year by February 5, 2021.
Other Scholarships: Generous donors provide named scholarships to high need students.
Work Study Financial Aid: AHA works with families to make tuition affordable. In return, we require students to provide service hours to help our AHA community. These hours are assigned to students based upon the amount of financial support awarded.
Applying for Work Study Financial Aid:
AHA uses the services of Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) to determine financial need. To be considered for aid, each family is required to complete a TADS financial aid application at www.tads.com. Direct links to both the TADS Worksheet (a very helpful tool in organizing your financial information prior to completing the actual application) and the TADS application are included on the AHA website, www.academyofholyangels.orgunder Admissions, then under Tuition/Financial Aid. Note: We will be offering financial assistance workshops during the morning in November and December. Check our website for more information on these dates and to register.
Tuition and Fees:
Tuition and fees are set by our Board of Trustees in January for the next school year. Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $15,995. Tuition can be paid in one, three or ten payments. There is also a technology fee of $400 which covers the Chromebook, its warranties and software. A non-refundable registration fee of $330 is due when your student enrolls.
Key Financial Dates:
November 1st: Online TADS Financial Aid Applications become available for the 2021-22 school year. We encourage you to begin the process early using your 2019 tax return and your most recent pay stub. However you will need to update your application in January 2021 using your 2020 tax return. By applying early, our Financial Aid office can provide you with an estimated range of financial aid for which your family qualifies.
January 9th: Financial Aid Workshop offered at AHA during the Placement Exam. A TADS representative will be on-site for training and Q&A. A Spanish-speaking representative will be available. First round applications are due.
January 15th - Online TADS Financial Aid Application Deadline for returning students.
February 1st: Online TADS Financial Aid Application Deadline for new students, including supporting tax and income documentation. (If 2020 taxes are not completed, preliminary application may be completed using 2020 tax information.) Financial Aid Applications will be accepted after this date, but aid will be distributed to these applicants first and then to later applicants, as funds allow.
February 23rd: Online TADS Enrollment Deadline (freshmen), including payment of a registration fee. Enrollment will be accepted after this date, as space allows, but enrollment by Feb. 23rd will allow the student to select classes on Registration Night, February 24th.
March 1st: Financial Aid Application Deadline to update with 2020 year-end tax information and documentation (if not provided by Feb 1 deadline).
April: Financial Aid Awards and Tuition Agreements emailed to families.
May 1st: Online TADS Tuition Agreement Deadline.
Appealing financial aid decisions
A financial aid appeal can be filed if there is a significant financial change within the family or if the family is facing other extraordinary circumstances following the TADS application and original award offer. Financial Aid Appeal Guidelines and Form. We're here to help! Please contact Nancy Cullen, Student Accounts, at 612-798-2615 or email email@example.com. You can also start you conversation with Meg Angevine at 612-798-0764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.