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Tuition Assistance FAQs

In keeping with the Catholic philosophy and values of the Sisters of the Holy Names, Ramona is committed to working with families to help provide an exemplary education for all who qualify for admission.

For the 2018-2019 school year, Ramona awarded almost $800,000 in Merit Awards and Need-Based Tuition Assistance to students in grades 9 through 12.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Ramona Convent uses the services of Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST), an online evaluation company, in order to have a fair and standard method for determining financial need. FAST applies a consistent and equitable formula to calculate a family's ability to pay. this formula considers income, assets, liabilities and family size.

The Tuition Assistance Application Portal will open on January 2, 2019.

Start Tuition Assistance Application

Does Ramona offer merit scholarships?

Yes, Ramona offers merit scholarships to students with top HSPT scores, high grade point averages, and excellent conduct, attendance, effort and teacher recommendations. No application is required; to be eligible students must take the HSPT at Ramona.

Who is eligible to apply for tuition assistance?

Both new and returning students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply for tuition assistance.

What are the qualifications for tuition assistance?

Tuition assistance is based on financial need as determined though the application and supporting documentation (e.g. tax returns,W-2’s etc.). If a student receives tuition assistance she must maintain satisfactory grades, attendance, and citizenship.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for new students is February 8, 2019 and March 8, 2019 for returning students.

How much tuition assistance is given?

Individual awards range from $1,000 to half the total tuition, depending on the family’s need and the school’s tuition assistance budget.

How is the amount of tuition assistance determined?

The amount of tuition assistance is determined by the family’s demonstrated need based on the application submitted including supporting documentation.The application is on-line and is screened by FAST (Financial Aid for Student Tuition). FAST makes a recommendation; however, the actual amount is determined by Ramona’s Tuition Assistance Committee which considers other information presented which may not be quantifiable, as well as the school’s total budget for tuition assistance.

Do you have to re-apply each year?

Yes, families must re-apply each year; however, if a student receives tuition assistance the first year she is likely to receive it again – unless family circumstances change dramatically or if the student incurs academic or citizenship probation.

Can more than one person in a family receive tuition assistance?

Yes, however, only one application per family needs to be submitted.

Is there a limit to how much money parents can make and still be eligible for tuition assistance?

There are other factors besides income to be considered, such as the number of children/dependents in the family, number of children attending schools where tuition is paid, other financial obligations, a period of unemployment or disability, etc.

Where does the money come from for tuition assistance?

The money for tuition assistance comes from the generosity of donors: alumnae, family, friends, past parents, faculty and staff, trustees, members of the community, corporations, and foundations.

When can I apply for tuition assistance?

The tuition portal opens on January 2, 2019. The deadline to apply is February 8.

What are the other financial obligations for families?

Development Program - Ramona's tuition is less than the actual cost of a Ramona education. Therefore, every family is required to participate in Ramona's annual giving program through the Parent Pledge Program. This tax deductible participation funds initiatives that directly impact students and help the school obtain grants in support of the overall program. Payments may be made monthly, semi-annually, or annually via cash, credit card, check, or online through Ramona's website.

Fundraisers - Parent participation is a critical element in the success of Ramona's annual fundraising efforts, which is why every family is required to support the school in the following areas: Parent Pledge Program, Student Opportunity Drawing, Hawaii Opportunity Drawing, and La Fete Spring Gala.

Do you require service hours?

Ramona does not require parent service hours.