Applying For A Grant?
New applications and granting guidelines will be made available in January 2014.
Do you have questions regarding your application?
The deadline to apply is March 15, 2014. Notifications of acceptance for 2014-15 academic will be mailed on June 2, 2014. Once you have submitted an application, please contact the Private School Aid Service if you have any questions regarding any specifics of what is needed to complete your application.
Private School Aid Service
909 Canterbury Rd. Suite P
Westlake, OH 44145
Phone: (440) 892-4272
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for a FACE grant?
Applications are distributed and accepted through each student's school in early January of each year. Links to both an Online Application and Printable Application will be made availble in the Applying for a Grant section at the top of this page. Families with students in elementary and high schools should apply through both schools.
Do I apply to FACE directly?
No, do not apply through the Oakland Diocesan FACE office. Apply through the student's school financial aid office or through the links provided through this website. Links to both an Online Application and Printable Application wil be available in January 2014 in the Applying for a Grant section at the top of this page.
Do I need to be Catholic?
No. FACE grants are awarded solely on financial need. Your child does have to be enrolled in or applying to a Catholic School.
What do I need to provide for my application to be complete?
You must complete an application that includes required income verification and/or other financial documentation by March 15, 2014. Given the volume of applications, early submission is encouraged and ensures timely completion of the review process. Some applications received by March 15, 2014 require additional documentation as requested by the Private School Aid Service (PSAS). Additional or missing information must be confirmed as received by PSAS by May 1, 2014 or the application will be denied. Application deadlines are firm.
Who determines eligibility?
Completed applications are sent to Private School Aid Service (PSAS) for need analysis. Students are then ranked solely on financial need and are then prioritized according to FACE granting guidelines and available resources. 2014/15 granting guidelines will be available in January 2014.
When do I receive a grant?
FACE makes payments in the Fall and Spring semesters directly through the schools. Adjustments to individual student account tuition balances are then made accordingly. No checks are sent to families or students directly.
How much is a FACE grant?
A grant for an elementary school student covers $1,750 of tuition costs and a high school education grant covers $3,050 of tuition costs. For those receiving aid from other sources like the Basic Fund, aid packages will adjusted accordingly.
I don’t know if a FACE grant will cover the assistance I need. Are there other forms of support?
Check with individual schools for parish based or school based tuition assistance resources.
Should I send the information to PSAS directly to ensure it arrives on time?
It is better to work with the schools to confirm your application is sent by the March 15th deadline. Keep your documentation of when you send your information in, particularly if additional information is requested by PSAS as a follow-up to your initial application.
Will exceptions be made for circumstances beyond your control that prevented the meeting of deadlines?
Out of fairness to all applicants who successfully submit requests for grants on time, exceptions for deadlines are made only for families where documentation of technical or administrative errors resulted in improperly processing their application by the school, PSAS service or FACE. No exceptions to grant priority guidelines will be made.
How will I be notified following my application?
Written notification letters for 2014-15 FACE grants will be sent by mail to each family who applied reporting the awards/declines with amounts for each student around June 2, 2014.
Can I receive funding from other sources in combination with a FACE grant?
Yes, but generally only for high school. Although most high schools provide an initial award letter prior to June 1 that anticipates a FACE grant which may be inclusive of the total amount awarded. Families are encouraged to consult directly with the high school financial aid administrator to confirm the total award amount.
For elementary school grants, it is intended that a student only receives a grant from either FACE or the Basic Fund of San Francisco, not both. The local elementary school may augment the FACE award if they have the resources to do so.