The purpose of the St. Mary’s Academy (SMA) Merit Scholarship & Financial Aid Program is to provide the students' families with financial support in order to provide students an opportunity for a Catholic education which might otherwise be inaccessible and to ensure the academic success of their daughters. SMA is grateful to our foundations and donors and considers their contributions as investments in the academic achievements and successes of our students.
Merit Scholarship & Financial Aid Program-
SMA has chosen to use SMART Aid to collect and analyze each family's financial data in order to help us make decisions for our financial aid program- the income and assets of a family are taken into account, as well as family size, extraordinary expenses, number of children attending tuition charging schools (excluding colleges/universities), number of working parents and the value of parents’ assets. Unusual family tragedy or catastrophes, such as job loss or large medical expense are taken into account.
Reports prepared by Smart Aid from information gathered from parents/guardians are used by the SMA Financial Aid Committee to determine financial assistance awards. Dollar amounts of awards vary depending on an applicant's needs and the limited funds available.
Current families receiving financial assistance must apply each year.
October 25, 2017
SMA Financial Aid Workshop- CEF and SMART Aid for prospective families in the GYM from 6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m. Attendance at this meeting is required to receive a CEF on-site processing appointment. Returning families who are unable to attend the October 30th workshop, may attend the October 25th workshop.
October 30, 2017
SMA Financial Aid Workshop- CEF and SMART Aid for returning families in the GYM from 6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m. Attendance at this meeting is required to receive a CEF on-site processing appointment.
November 1, 2017
Smart Aid online application opens.
November 9, 2017
Catholic Education Foundation Financial Aid On-site Application Processing from 1:00p.m.- 8:00p.m. in the Development Office.
December 8, 2017
Online due date for SMART Aid financial aid application AND deadline for submitting a MAIL-IN CEF application to SMA (for returning students only).
January 12, 2018
Online due date for SMART Aid financial aid application AND deadline for submitting a MAIL-IN CEF application to SMA (for incoming students only).
March 2, 2018
Financial aid award letters are mailed to returning students and incoming freshmen along with acceptance letters.
April 13, 2018
Response by admitted and returning students must be received by April 13 or the merit scholarship and financial aid awarded will be rescinded and given to another student.
HOW TO APPLY
SMART AID FINANCIAL AID ONLINE APPLICATION
The online Smart Aid application for prospective and returning students must be submitted on, or before, December 8, 2017. CLICK HERE for Smart Aid for Parents.
Create a Smart Aid account to complete your online application, upload the required documentation, and pay a $35 non-refundable processing fee online via credit card.
School ID: 11862
Required Supporting Documentation
CLICK HERE for Smart Aid online instructions.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION (CEF) FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM
Students' families are encouraged to apply for the CEF Financial Aid Program by submitting a completed CEF application for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) at the on-site processing at St. Mary's Academy on Thursday, November 9, 2017.
Required Supporting Documentation
CLICK HERE for CEF application for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
For returning and new families who want to be considered for CEF funding and missed the CEF on-site processing on November 9, 2017, the deadline for submitting a MAIL-IN application to SMA is Friday, December 8, 2017.
CLICK HERE for CEF Mail-in instructions.
MERIT SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID PROBATION
Students who receive Merit Scholarship awards must adhere to the requirements as outlined below:
Students who receive Financial Aid awards must adhere to the requirements as outlined below:
Students risk the loss of financial aid if they do not adhere to the requirements outlined above.
If you have questions about the financial aid process, please contact Velda Lewis by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 310.674.8470 ext. 205.
St. Mary's Academy maintains confidential financial aid records for all applicants. These records are reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee. All financial aid awards are confidential agreements between the recipient family and the school, and families should not discuss financial aid with anyone other than a member of the Financial Aid Committee. Awards can be withdrawn for breach of this expectation.