BLOCS Scholarship

 $127,500 Available for BLOCS 2018-2019 Tuition Assistance

The Armenian Sisters Academy is proud to announce that through the generosity of several businesses and individuals, we have raised $127,500 to provide need-based tuition assistance for the 2018-2019 academic year for ASA families that qualify!

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now being accepted. We strongly encourage those that qualify to apply. The Academy will not receive these funds unless families apply and are awarded scholarships. The application deadline is March 31, 2018. No applications will be accepted after this date.

For more information about BLOCS and how to enroll, please contact Legna Santerian, ASA Admissions Director, at 610-687-4100.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is BLOCS?

Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools, or BLOCS, is an independent charitable organization supported by companies, firms, foundations and individuals in the five-county Philadelphia region. Through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC), these entities are able to defer their business and personal taxes to support need-based tuition assistance for students that qualify.

 

Who is eligible to receive a BLOCS scholarship?

Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to receive these scholarships. To qualify, families with one dependent must have an annual income of less than $93,178. For each additional dependent, the maximum salary threshold increases by $15,530. See chart below.

 

 

Number of Child Dependents*                       Maximum income to qualify

1                                              $93,178

2                                              $108,708

3                                              $124,238

 

 

*The number of child dependents is the total number of children you can claim as dependents, regardless of whether or not they are school-age or attend the Academy.  

When and how can I apply for a BLOCS scholarship for my child?

The application period for students in kindergarten through 8th grade for the 2018-2019 school year is now open. To apply, visit the Smart Aid website at http://blocs.org/apply-scholarship/.  Questions about the application process can be answered by contacting FACTS at (866) 441-4637. For more specific financial aid questions, please contact Legna Santerian or the school office at (610) 687-4100 and a member of ASA’s Financial Aid Committee will follow up with you directly.

 

Is the application and process confidential?

Yes, the process is confidential. Only the Financial Aid Committee has knowledge of the applicants and performs its duties with the utmost discretion. Under no circumstances, will the faculty, staff or the Board of Directors have access to information from the BLOCS applications.

 

What will I need to complete the application process?

You will need your completed 2017 tax return and documents related to your current year’s income (W-2, K-1, recent pay statement, etc.).

 

Who can I call if I have questions about the application process?

Questions about the application process should be directed to FACTS at (866) 441-4637. For more specific financial aid questions, please contact the school office and a member of the Financial Aid Committee will follow up with you directly.

 

How are BLOCS scholarship awarded?

Once you have filled out your application, BLOCS will decide if your family qualifies for need-based scholarships. The list of qualified students is sent to the Financial Aid Committee, which then decides how to allocate the BLOCS scholarship based on the availability of funds and the number of applicants.

 

How can I check the status of an application for a BLOCS scholarship?

Once you apply, you may check the status of your application by logging into your FACTS account. Decisions on aid will come from the school. Any questions about awards, amounts, and decisions on aid should be directed to ASA’s Financial Aid Committee.

 

When will I find out if I received a BLOCS scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year?

Schools will notify applicants around July 15. If you have not heard by August 15, please contact the Academy.

 

Why did I not receive a BLOCS scholarship even though I qualified?

Because each school has a limited amount of funds available for scholarships, some schools are not able to offer aid to every qualified student. Unfortunately, the need far exceeds the funds available. Each school makes every effort to stretch the funding as far as they can. If you did not receive an award, it is most likely due to the fact that your school ran out of funding.

 

My child is in Pre-K, how do I apply for aid?

Application for Pre-K (Montessori) is still handled in the same manner. Apply at http://blocs.org/apply-scholarship/.  The school financial aid committee will award aid through the ASA financial aid funds since BLOCS scholarships are restricted for Kindergarten and older.

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