Tuition Aide Application
Bishop's Education Fund ( BEF ) & Scholastic Opportunity (SOS) Scholarship and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program (OSTC)
All families who are found ineligible for a BEF, SOS, or OSTC grant can take the letter declaring their ineligibility to the parish business office and request assistance from the St Sylvester Angel Fund. This fund allots grants to those families who used the FACTS Management application process and received a diocesan letter saying they were ineligible at this time. This may be because of a problem with state guidelines or it may be because the amount in the St. Sylvester EITC account was depleted. Our funding depends on businesses who are willing to use the state’s Tax Credit program to support education and name our school for their designated funds. Our Angel Fund is funded through individual donations and the school and parish community’s use of the SCRIP program.
All parents who wish to be considered for grants from the Bishop's Education Fund / Scholastic Opportunity Scholarship and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program must again have their needs assessed through the FACT Management private aide assessment program which was acquired from PSAS. This application process is now a user friendly online program.
Parents of children who are not members of St. Sylvester Parish are asked to complete a Pastor Verification Form located at the bottom of the above linked page. In order to get the St. Sylvester tuition rate the family should have the form signed by their pastor. Once the pastor has signed the form verifying that you are registered in his parish please send the paper to the school’s office to the attention of Ms. Maryann Matkovich. If you are a member of St. Sylvester Parish then we will submit all the names of parishioners to Father John Bachkay for verification that you are registered in the parish. If you are not associated with St Sylvester’s or another parish please indicate that on your registration form.
The above mentioned Pastor Verification Form is an important part of the application for tuition assistance. Parents must have the pastor sign their form, verifying that they are Catholic. A pastor's signature only confirms that the family is indeed Catholic, based on the appropriate canonical criteria. Signing the form does not commit a parish to financial obligation for aid. Our school must have the PVF’s to send to the diocese verifying a family’s eligibility for the St. Sylvester Parish tuition rate. This is very important if the family is requesting assistance from the Bishop’s Education Fund (BEF).
Any form received after the March 15th deadline will risk not receiving scholarship monies.
Even though a family might have children at both the elementary and secondary level, only one application is necessary. Parents may leave the tuition information blank for children attending a diocesan catholic school. If children attend any other schools charging tuition, however, they should fill in that rate. Our tuition rates are communicated directly to FACTS Management.
All families may apply. Awards depend on a number of factors (i.e., income, tuition rates, need of other families, etc.). FACTS Management evaluate all properly submitted applications.
If you have specific questions, please contact the Department of Catholic Schools at 421-456-3108.
The upcoming school year will be the 21st year that grants from the Bishop's Educational Fund will be distributed. This program is for all catholic students attending eligible schools and registered in eligible parishes.
This will be the 12th year that grants from the Scholastic Opportunity Scholarship will be distributed. This grant program is open to any student, catholic or non-Catholic, residing in Pennsylvania and attending an eligible catholic school in the Diocese of Pittsburgh
All parents applying for either grant must have their need assessed by FACTS Management. Parents will be asked for information on their federal tax return, state tax return if applying to SOS, give the school a copy of the completed 2017-2018 "Pastor Verification Form" (with their pastors' signature if applying to BEF), and an application fee. All forms are due no later than March 15th. Incomplete forms will be on hold until all information is received. You may risk losing the funds available to those who are on time with their completed application.
I strongly encourage you to apply for either or both of the above available grants. All information is confidential. If you fall within the guidelines, please proceed with the application.
Only one application per family is needed.
Call Deacon Andrew White, St. Sylvester’s Business Manager at 412-882-8593, Mrs. Stephanie Michael at 412-882-9900 or Ms. Maryann Matkovich at 412-882-9900 if you have questions about the process. Call FACTS Management if you have questions about the online application. The Diocesan number for questions about the EITC, as it applies to the SOS or OSTC grants, or any of the tuition aide guidelines is 412-456-3108.
Again, the needed documentation for a completed application includes:
- PSAS application form completely filled out online. Check with the office if a paper form is needed and we will try to get one for you. FACTS prefers that the online application is used.
- Pastor's signature (if applying for the Bishop's Educational Fund only)
- Federal tax return of previous year
- State tax return of previous year (if applying for the SOS grant)
- Application fee
- All information is due no later than March 15th
Awards will be sent home the beginning of June. If you receive a grant, the money will be deducted from the overall tuition amount. This will reduce your monthly payment.
We are most grateful to the business people who designate our school for their EITC gift. We ask that you please apply if you fall within the guidelines because it helps us assure them that their donation is being used and is much appreciated.