COVID-19 Emergency Tuition Assistance Fund

Foundations in Education received a generous contribution from an anonymous donor to be designated as a COVID-19 Emergency Tuition Assistance Fund for elementary school families in need.  It is our greatest hope to keep our St. Rose School family intact so we encourage those current families who are experiencing the negative impact of COVID-19 due to job loss and other financial hardships to apply for this assistance.

 

Here's how the process works:
  1. Eligible K-8 families submit the application (found below) to request for tuition assistance to the Principal. In addition, families must complete the FACTS Grant and Aid application (if they have not already done so) and answer all questions applicable to the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance. The tax documentation requirement will be waived for applicants to COVID-19 Emergency Tuition Assistance. However, you may be required to verify employment status, change in income status or demonstrated impact attributed to the pandemic.
  2. The Principal will make an appeal to the Bishop's Scholarship Fund committee on each family's behalf, in the order in which applications are received.
  3. The committee will make award determinations bi-weekly based on severity of hardship until funds are no longer available. The first application deadline is Tuesday July 23, 2020; the first round of funds will be distributed Friday July 31, 2020.

Returning Family Registration 2020–2021

Registration for returning families begins December 16th, 2019, with a registration fee of $150.  Starting January 26th, the day of our Open House, registration will be open to our Sister schools, and then it will open to the general public and the registration fee will increase to $250. If you have not registered by January 25th, we cannot guarantee a spot for you.

 

We are aware of the financial commitment that tuition places on many families. In response to this, the Diocese of Bridgeport offers tuition assistance through the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund. The application process opens February 1, 2020. Please apply promptly, as no applications will be accepted past the March 15th deadline. St. Rose School has some tuition aid available as well, but only for families who have applied first for the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund. 

 

Please visit www.FACTSmgt.com/aid to fill out your application and submit supporting

Documentation.

 

Three Steps to Registration for the 2020-2021 year:

1. Register online through Rediker. Returning families should have recieved an email with a personalized

link to complete the registration process. There is a separate email and separate link for each child.

2. Follow the prompt at the end of the form on Rediker to pay the $150 registration fee (per family) online immediately by credit card, debit card, or e-check, directly through the registration form beginning December 16th.

3. Log into your FACTS account ONLY if you wish to make a change in your payment

plan for the 2020-2021 year or if you have another child entering St. Rose.

4. If you wish to help bridge the tuition GAP with an optional tax deductible payment of $1,958 per student, you will have the opportunity once you log in to your FACTS account. 

 

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Mrs. Karen Coppola,

admissions@srles.com or 203-426-5102 (ext 5). Our bookkeeper, Mr. Larry Rice, can assist

you with your FACTS account, bookkeeper@srles.com or 203-426-5102 (ext. 27).

 

Bishop's Scholarship Fund

Applications open February 1st and close March 15th for current families and April 15th for new familes. Please visit the website for the fund for details. https://www.foundationsineducation.org/bishops-scholarship-fund/

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Q. Why is registration taking place early this year?

A. Registration is taking place earlier this year across all diocesan schools in order to have an earlier view of enrollment for the 2020-21 school year. We have reason to believe there will be increased interest in enrollment at St. Rose and because we are limited to one class per grade we want to hold your child’s seat for next year. We will give all current families the opportunity to register before it becomes open to the public on January 26th. The registration fee of $150 will be in effect until January 25th. After that date, registration will open to the public and the registration fee will increase to $250.

 

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Q. What is the tuition for 2020-21? Is it increasing?

A. Tuition for the 2020-21 school year is $6,535 per full-time student. This includes an increase of $190 per student (3%) which is in keeping with inflation rates and necessary in order to accommodate the increasing costs of operating our school. Our School Advisory Board carefully weighs decisions about tuition each year, and this decision reflects the minimum necessary increase to ensure we continue to be able to balance the school budget next year.

 

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Q. Does tuition cover the full cost of educating a St. Rose student?

A. The actual cost of educating a St. Rose student is $8,493 -- substantially more than tuition which is set at $6,535 for the 2020-21 school year. Thus, we have a “tuition gap” of $1,958 per student. The tuition gap has existed for many years, as we continue to balance our goal to keep Catholic education affordable for most families while facing ever-increasing operating costs such as salaries and benefits.

 

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Q. What is the school doing to address the “tuition gap”?

A. We have two main strategies to address the tuition gap. For the first time, our tuition system will include an optional “Bridge the Gap” contribution, which provides an option for families with abundant resources to make a tax-deductible charitable donation of $1,958 per student and thus bridge the tuition gap for their child(ren). Our second critical strategy for addressing the gap is our fundraising target which is $150,000 for the current school year. We thank you in advance for your continued support for our ongoing fundraising efforts.

 

Important Registration Dates/Deadlines:

  • Monday,  December 16   
  • Current Family Registration Opens through Rediker. Registration between 12/16/20 and 1/25/20 - $150.00 per family
  • Registration after January 25th - $250 per family  
  • Saturday, Jan 25th       
  • Deadline  Current Family Registration. Payment $150.00
  • Sunday, Jan 26th       
  • Registration Opens and Applications available to new families
  • Sunday, Jan 26th       
  • Registration for current families increase. Payment is $250.00
  • You risk losing your child’s spot in their class after this date.
  • Saturday, Feb 1st       
  • Bishop Scholarship Fund Applications open
  • Sunday, Mar 15th       
  • Bishop Scholarship Fund Deadline for current families
  • Monday, Apr 15th       
  • Bishop Scholarship Fund Deadline for new families