Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid, academic awards and scholarships may be available to qualifying students.

Please contact the Admissions Office for further information at:

(585) 342 - 4000, extension 246.

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FINANCIAL AID PROCESS:

 

Access Application
www.smarttuitionaid.com

School ID Code
Please use the following school ID code – 12653

Application Deadline
Please submit your application and documentation by 4/15/2014

Eligible Grades
9th Grade – 12th

Grade Application Processing Fees
   • Application Fee (required): $24
   • Business Fee (if applicable): $19 – Fee only applies to families filing: 1041, 1065, 1120 or 1120S.
   • Parent Report Fee (optional): $8 – This report allows you to view the information submitted on your application.
     **This report does not display recommendations for financial aid.**

Required Supporting Documentation
Applications submitted without documentation will not be processed.
   • Most recent paystubs and W-2 forms for all jobs.
   • Most recently filed tax return: 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ with all schedules.
   • Most recently filed business tax return: 1040, 1065, 1120, 1120S (if applicable).
   • Supplemental income documentation: Social Security, Welfare, Food Stamps, Child Support, 1099-M Forms, Workers
      Compensation, Unemployment, Veterans Benefits, Etc.

Submitting Documentation
Application IDs must be included on all documents. Failure to include your application ID will delay the review of
your application.
   • Email: documents@smarttuitionaid.com
   • Fax: (610)-599-8633
   • Mail: Smart Tuition Aid – PO Box 25116 Lehigh Valley PA 18002

Contact Information
   • Phone Support: (800)-360-8027
   • Email Support: support@smarttuitionaid.com

Notification of Financial Aid
Once your application is processed, a financial aid recommendation will be forwarded to Bishop Kearney High School. All final financial aid decisions, including notification of an award amount (if any) will be made by Bishop Kearney High School. If you have not received notification regarding financial aid, contact the financial administrator at Bishop Kearney High School. Please allow a minimum of four weeks after you have submitted your application and required documentation.   

How to apply online
Please go to our website www.smarttuitionaid.com. For new families, you will need to click ‘New Parent Registration.’ From there you will be prompted to enter a valid e-mail address and a password of your choice. It is important your e-mail address is correct, as email is our first line of communication. Once you are confirmed with a username and password, you will be logged into our online site, where you will start the application process. For returning families, you can log in with your previous year’s login information. For assistance in filling out the application or retrieving login information you can contact us either by phone at 1-800-360-8027 or by e-mail at support@smarttuitionaid.com.

 

Parent FAQ

Q: Who should complete this Tuition Aid form?
A: Whoever the child resides with should fill this application out, whether it is a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, or legal guardian. There is a section within the application where you can enter contributions from non-custodial parents and relatives.

Q: Why do I need to input my spouse’s information if I am remarried and they are not legally responsible for my children?
A: Our calculation works off of the total household income, therefore including all income, whether the party is legally responsible for your children or not. Our system however, does take into effect your spouse’s expenses as well as their income. It is important to list all expenses that are asked of within the application.

Q: Do I list all of the children in my household, even if they are attending another school?
A: Yes. You will need to list out all children within your household. That includes children attending another private school, children attending a public school, or children not attending school.

Q: What if I have an additional circumstance?
A: We have designed a section for you to select from a list of pre-generated circumstances. If your circumstance is not listed, please feel free to write us a letter explaining your circumstance. Please write "SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES," on the top of your letter, along with your name and application ID.

Q: I do not have the required tax documents. HELP!
A: Include the most recent tax documentation you have available. If you are asked for a specific line from a tax document that you have not yet completed, please estimate the projected amount.

Q: How will I know if I qualify for aid or not?
A: We do not disclose information about the results of your application. All final tuition aid decisions, including notification of an award amount (if any); will be made by your school. For the date award notices will be given, please contact your school directly.

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In addition to financial aid grants, Bishop Kearney also awards merit-based and Alumni scholarships.  Please see below for details on a few of the scholarship available:

Presidential Scholarship Full:
Bishop Kearney awards one full Presidential Scholarship each year. This scholarship is awarded to the incoming 9th grade student who attains the highest score on the November or December entrance exam. The student who receives this scholarship will be awarded their freshman year tuition free with a $1000 award each year for his/her remaining three years.

Presidential Scholarship Half:
Bishop Kearney awards one half Presidential Scholarship each year. This scholarship is awarded to the incoming 9th grade student who attains the second highest score on the November or December entrance exam. The student who receives this scholarship will be awarded their freshman year at half tuition with a $1000 award each year for his/her remaining three years.

Brother Edmund Rice Scholarship:
The Br. Edmund Rice Scholarship is awarded to incoming 9th grade students who score in the 90th percentile and above on the November and December entrance exams. These students will receive an award of $1000 a year for each year they attend Bishop Kearney .

Bishop Kearney Academic Scholarship:
The Bishop Kearney Academic Scholarship is awarded to incoming 9th grade students who score between the 85th and 89th percentiles on the November or December entrance exam. These students will receive an award of $500 a year for each year they attend Bishop Kearney.

Brother Mark Clark Alumni Scholarship:
The Brother Mark Clark Scholarship is awarded to the children of Bishop Kearney High School and Cardinal Mooney High School alumni. Only students in grades 9 – 12 are eligible. These students will receive an award of $250 a year for each year they attend Bishop Kearney.