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Tuition & Financial Aid FAQs

Applying for Financial Aid

All applications for OLSH Tuition Assistance are made through the online application in FACTS Tuition Management System.


To apply for OLSH Tuition Assistance via FACTS:

  • Access the OLSH Tuition Assistance Application by clicking here.
  • Once you access FACTS Tuition Management for the first time, you will be prompted to create a new account and create a username and password. Please make sure you keep track of your username and password for future reference.
  • Under “FACTS Grant & Aid”, you will see “Apply for Financial Aid with FACTS”. Click on the “Start Application” button.
  • Complete the application and pay the $25 non-refundable application fee. You will enter all financial information directly through the secure server. Please be thorough when explaining your financial situation. (OLSH is unable to offer fee waivers for the FACTS application.)
  • Be sure to complete and submit your 2019 federal tax returns (plus all supporting schedules, W2s, and business tax returns) as soon as possible to finalize your application. You may submit via fax or digital upload directly in your application through FACTS. These forms will only be used to arrive at a fair determination of financial need.
    • Please note: If the child for whom you are requesting financial aid is not listed as a dependent on your 1040, you must submit the Individual Income Tax Return of the person claiming the child.
  • If you encounter any issues with the online application or have questions regarding submission of your documents, please contact FACTS 24/7 Customer Service at 1-866-441-4637.
The FACTS application for the 2020-2021 school year opens on Friday, January 31. The application deadline is Monday, March 16, 2020. The application must be completed in its entirety, including copies of 2019 federal tax returns with all schedules and W-2s.

Financial eligibility is determined by the monetary guidelines established by the state of Pennsylvania for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program in association with the materials submitted in the application process through FACTS Tuition Management System.

Students are generally eligible for OLSH financial aid if their family household incomes are less than $90,000 plus $15,905 for each child in the family in 2019-2020.

  

Aid packages vary on individual circumstances and can range up to 75% of the cost of tuition. The 75% aid packages are awarded based on availability of funding to assist those with the highest demonstrated need. Additional aid packages of up to 60%, 50% or 45% will be provided based on the financial needs of the enrolling student body.

No. OLSH requires families who receive or are seeking financial assistance to reapply each year. As long as the student remains at our school, financial assistance will be renewed each year according to demonstrated need and if the family has met all of the filing deadlines. 


Changes in circumstances such as income, family status, and the number of children attending OLSH may result in increases or decreases in an award. However, unless there is a significant change in either a family's economic status or the budgetary status of the school, awards are frequently renewed at the previous year's amount. Each application is reviewed annually.

Yes. OLSH requires all families who wish to be considered for financial aid or need-based scholarships to reapply for aid each year.

Yes. If you do not apply for assistance by the published deadlines, your chance of receiving financial assistance is significantly reduced. Please do not wait for acceptance from our school to apply for aid, as it may be too late.

To ensure that your aid award is reserved for your family, make sure to complete the other steps toward application for admission. This includes submitting the application, obtaining your child's academic records, completing the acceptance paperwork, and turning in your $100 non-refundable deposit as soon as possible.
 
You will need to complete your taxes early enough to meet the deadline (March 16, 2020) in order to be eligible to receive a financial assistance award. If you have questions regarding this policy, please feel free to contact our office for clarification at dmanuel@olsh.org or (412) 262-6421.

If your circumstances change after you submit your application, please contact the Business Office.  The OLSH Financial Aid committee will review the situation, and awards will be based on your demonstrated need and our available resources.

Yes. To appeal your financial assistance package please contact the OLSH Business Office. 

Yes, it is possible. Unlike other schools, OLSH does not rely on income level alone to award aid. Because OLSH is an independent ministry of the Felician Sisters and therefore is self-sufficient in providing aid to our families, we have the flexibility to work with our families’ unique circumstances and take outside factors into consideration. We encourage you to reach out to our Business Office if you have questions regarding qualifying for assistance.
Yes. OLSH offers a tuition discount for each subsequent student enrolled in the school. The AAC Fee is capped at $750 per family.  More information can be found on the Tuition & Affordability page of the website.

Yes. Even if you are applying for aid at another school, you will still need to submit an application through FACTS for OLSH. However, if your other children are attending a school that also utilizes FACTS for awarding aid, you can log-in to OLSH FACTS login page using your pre-existing username and password and simply add OLSH to your account. This will enable you to submit one application to all eligible schools. For assistance linking multiple schools to your account, please call FACTS 24/7 Customer Service at 1-866-441-4637.


Tuition paid to other private schools is taken into consideration when determining the level of aid awarded from OLSH. OLSH does not consider tuition paid for children beyond the undergraduate level (such as masters and doctoral degrees) when determining eligibility for aid.

No. Unless stated otherwise, financial aid awards are given independently of any scholarships that may be awarded to your child.  However, aid and scholarships are only applicable to tuition.  Your aid/scholarship package cannot be greater than the amount of tuition.  

No. OLSH is not currently able to offer free or reduced lunches to our students. Should this change, families who qualify for this program would be notified.

No. Any financial aid awarded is applied solely to the total tuition amount for each family. However, aid is awarded to each student’s family, therefore you can expect to receive the same aid award for each child enrolled at OLSH, therefore reducing your overall tuition responsibility.

A limited pool of tuition assistance is available through the Diocese of Pittsburgh's Bishop's Education Fund (BEF) program, and is independent of the OLSH tuition assistance program. BEF monies are available for families applying to OLSH who are registered members of a Catholic parish within the Diocese of Pittsburgh. These monies are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Diocese, and are typically awarded over the summer.


To apply for BEF monies, complete your FACTS application for OLSH, indicating your intent to apply for BEF where listed in the application. Be sure to also complete the Pastor Verification Form, have your pastor sign the form, and submit it to the OLSH Business Office as soon as possible.


Additional aid may be available through other local non-profit organizations, see our Scholarships & Other Aid page for more information.

Tuition & Payment Plans

OLSH offers three payment plan options:

  • a one-time payment in August
  • a two-time payment in August and January 
  • a monthly installment plan from July to June. 

The two-payment plan and the monthly installment plan both require a registration in the plan through FACTS. The monthly installment plan allows parents to spread tuition payments, interest-free, over a 12-month period. Families are required to select a payment plan by June 1 for the following school year by completing their preferences in the Tuition Management portal through FACTS.

If you are enrolled in the monthly payment plan, your first payment will be due in July. If you are enrolled in the one-time or two-time payment plans, your first payment is due in August. You may also select the day of the month you wish your payment to be due – the 1st, 10th, or 15th.

OLSH charges two school-wide fees – the AAC Fee and Graduation Fee.

  • The AAC Fee ($500 or $750 maximum per family) is assessed to every student at our school and was created in order to help cover the costs of operating and maintaining the Angela Activities Center, where OLSH students learn, study, compete, practice, eat, socialize, and relax. This facility is not on the power grid associated with the school’s solar panels, and is unable to benefit from this reduction is energy cost.
  • The Graduation Fee ($100 per senior student) is assessed to every senior student at our school and covers the cost of the cap and gown, diploma, diploma cover, and defrays other expenses associated with the graduation ceremony.

 

Individual sports and activities may change participation fees or require fundraising, as needed.

Arrangements can be made (in writing) with the Business Office and/or Finance Committee, should a family not be able to meet their monthly tuition bill until later in the school year. Every effort should be made to meet as much of the monthly payment due as possible, as OLSH relies on tuition income to meet the school’s monthly budget.
The final tuition payment for all underclassmen is due by June 15 of the current school year. The final tuition payment for seniors is due May 15 to allow for requirements to be met prior to graduation.
Yes. OLSH offers a tuition discount for each subsequent student enrolled in the school. The AAC Fee is capped at $750 per family.  More information can be found on the Tuition & Affordability page of the website.

Current OLSH tuition is $10,850 annually. Each spring the OLSH Board of Directors reevaluates the tuition amount, with regard to the proposed school budget and inflation. A discounted rate applies to subsequent children in the school. 

No, OLSH does not have a fundraising requirement. However, families are encouraged to participate in our annual fund, The OLSH Fund, which helps to offset costs for the current academic year. Individual sports teams, extracurricular groups, and school activities or special events may choose to require fundraising, as needed.