Step Up for Students Scholarship
Aletheia is a participating school in the Step Up for Students Scholarship. Step Up For Students is an initiative of the Florida Tax Credit (FTC) Scholarship Program. The innovative program provides K-12 education scholarships for qualifying low-income students. The scholarships give low-income parents the opportunity to choose the K-12 school that best meets their children’s needs. In 2016-2017, the scholarships cover up to $5,886 for private school tuition and books or up to $500 in transportation costs to an out-of-district public schools.
With the income-based scholarship, families can choose between two options:
- A scholarship to help cover private school tuition and fees, worth up to $5,866.
- A scholarship to assist with transportation costs to attend a public school in a different county, worth up to $500.
Scholarships are awarded on a needs basis and can be transferred to other eligible schools if the student moves within the state, or simply wants to attend a different Step Up partner school. Visit their website at www.stepupforstudents.org.
AAA Scholarship Foundation
Another organization that administers the Tax Credit Scholarships and Gardiner Scholarships for the state of Florida is the AAA Scholarship Foundation. They are governed under the same statutes as Step Up for Students, but funded from a different pool of tax credit funds. Therefore, they may be able to offer funding to a student who has been placed on a wait list with Step Up. If you would like to apply for the scholarship through AAA Scholarship Foundation, please visit www.aaascholarships.org/parents/florida.
Aletheia Christian Academy’s G.R.A.C.E. Fund
“Giving Resources and Aid for Christian Education”
G.R.A.C.E. applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted beginning February 1, 2017. Decisions on award amounts will be made mid-summer and recipients will be notified immediately after decisions are made.
It is the desire of Aletheia Christian Academy to provide a Christ-centered education to children of Christian families, equipping them spiritually, academically, and physically for today and eternity. The Aletheia G.R.A.C.E. Fund has been founded to help those families who desire their children to have a Christian education, but are facing financial hardships, to afford the annual tuition. All financial aid comes from donations received for this purpose.
If you qualify for the Florida Step Up for Students Scholarship, you must apply for that scholarship before you will be considered for the G.R.A.C.E. Fund. (Information about this scholarship and application information can be found at www.stepupforstudents.org.) ACA’S G.R.A.C.E. Fund is awarded only to those who have been accepted for admission, submitted a complete G.R.A.C.E. Fund Application package, and have been approved by the ACA Financial Aid Committee.
The following is required to complete the application process:
- G.R.A.C.E. Fund Application (click here & turn into ACA)
- G.R.A.C.E. Fund Pastoral Reference Form (click here & turn into ACA)
- FACTS Application (screening service online application)
Failure to turn in applications will result in the application not being processed.
In order to preserve the confidentiality of your personal information, an outside scholarship company – FACTS – will conduct a financial need analysis and give the results to us. Apply online at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3T2K2. A $30.00 application fee will be required at the time of application.
FACTS will require you to gather and submit the following documents to them:
- Copies of your 2016 tax return for both parents
- Copies of your 2016 W-2 forms for both parents
- Copies of all tax schedules for Business or Farm Income, Rental Property, S-Corp., Partnership, and Estate/Trust Income, if applicable.
- Copies of all Non-Taxable Income documents (Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF).
Please submit all supporting documents to FACTS. Documents may be faxed to 1-866-315-9264 or mailed to: FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, P.O. Box 82524, Lincoln, NE 68501-2524. Send copies of your actual tax returns and schedules, not summary sheets that you may have received from your tax preparer. FACTS will not be able to recommend aid until they have received the proper documentation. If you have any questions or concerns about the FACTS application process, you may speak with a FACTS representative at 866-315-9262.
G.R.A.C.E. Funds will be awarded based on many criteria, including but not limited to financial need, academic and conduct performance of the student(s), and family support of the school. Current families receive funding priority. The award amount will not normally exceed 50% of tuition owed. Families applying for the G.R.A.C.E. Fund are asked to prayerfully consider sending out a letter to five families asking for their support of the fund. Financial Aid Solicitation Letter.
G.R.A.C.E. applications will need to be submitted no later than June 1. Late submission will be accepted, however it may mean limited financial aid is available. Applications must be completed by June 1, 2017 in order to be considered for the first G.R.A.C.E. awards. Please be aware that the FACTS financial review may take up to two weeks to complete. Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, and all applicants will receive a notification by mail by mid-to-late July.
Please be aware that submission of an application for financial aid does not guarantee that aid will be awarded. An application for the G.R.A.C.E. Fund will be required each year, and receiving an award does not imply or guarantee that funds will be awarded in following years.
In order to be eligible to apply for the G.R.A.C.E. Fund again next year, we will be requiring that G.R.A.C.E. Fund recipients receiving more than $500 support the school during this school year by either raising 10% of their financial aid received through our school-wide fundraisers (including Project Shine in the fall, the Flapjack 5K Race in the spring, receiving donations through contribution letters, or our spring fundraiser, which is undecided at this time) AND / OR by volunteering at the school a total of 10 hours per thousand dollars awarded during the school year, or a combination of these. These volunteer hours can be accumulated for your family through the combined help of your students and family members. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the school, such as assisting at our various school events, Night of the Arts, graduation ceremonies, the fundraising events, Grandparents Day breakfast, copying or other assistance for the teachers, etc. If you wish to volunteer and need more information on opportunities, please contact us and we will be glad to offer ideas. If you choose not to support the school through fundraising or volunteering, your eligibility for receiving G.R.A.C.E. funds in future years will be affected.
All families wishing to apply for the G.R.A.C.E. Fund must fill out this application each year and turn it into the office with the G.R.A.C.E. Fund Pastor's Reference form before June 1st in order to qualify for the consideration of funds for the following year.
A pastor's reference form must be submitted annually with the G.R.A.C.E. Fund application.
For scholarship recipients who wish to help increase the availability of funding, we have provided this solicitation letter for them to use to mail out to friends and family who may wish to donate to the fund. We appreciate your help in building up this resource for our families.