DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 30, 2021
APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2021-2022 AWARDS IS NOW OPEN
Get ready the 2021-2022 SFIC Application will be available soon. Go to our Parent/Student Portal for answers to your questions, link to our application and general application information. If you are re-applying you will receive an email with your special link to apply. Do not create a new account. Email email@example.com with your questions/errors first.
Any questions or issues regarding your application should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please make sure to include your name, name of student, phone number and best time to reach you from 9am-4pm and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
When can I apply for the SFIC Tuition Assistance?
The applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available on the www.sficnj.org website beginning JANUARY 25, 2021. The application may only be filled out and submitted on-line and will be considered complete once ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS are submitted. Any applications and required financial documents must be received by the deadline date of April 30, 2021 in order to be considered.
How can I apply?
Returning families who are currently receiving a scholarship or have previously applied will receive an email with instructions on how to re-apply with a special link to access the on line application. Returning families MUST USE THE UNIQUE LINK sent via email. Do not re-apply through the NEW APPLICANT link. This will create a duplicate record in our system and the processing of the application will be delayed or you may lose the aid you are receiving now.
New applicant families applying for the very first time should visit the PARENT PORTAL at www.sficnj.org and create an account as a new family. When creating your account be aware that SFIC does not have access to your password so be diligent and save the information where you can readily gain access to it. You will be using this account annually when you re-apply.
What is needed with my application?
All applications must include a copy of your signed 2020 Federal 1040 form and all 2020 W-2 forms (and Schedule 1 or Schedule C if it is reported on the Federal 1040 form).
A $30 non-refundable on-line fee payable to SFIC is required at the time you file your application (we do not accept cash or money orders – you must use a credit card/debit card/pre-paid credit card to pay the fee). The application will not be saved without the fee payment.
The 2020 Federal 1040 form must include the name(s) of each child for whom you are requesting assistance. If appropriate, you should also include copies of Unemployment (or 1099), Child Support, Public Assistance, Social Security benefits (or 1099ss) and proof of guardianship. If the child is claimed by another guardian we will need the 2020 Federal 1040 for them as well.
All applicants must provide a valid email address.
What should I do if my current financial situation is different from my income reported on my 2020 Federal 1040 form?
You must include ANY documentation that supports your change in household income (We still need the 2020 Federal 1040 but also include 4 most current paystubs, letter from your employer on company letterhead indicating the change in your income, unemployment determination letter, etc). You must also submit documentation that the applicant is the legal guardian of the students you are requesting aid for and household size (i.e. birth certificate, legal court documents).
WE CANNOT MAKE AN AWARD DECISION BASED ON ANY PREVIOUS TAX YEAR RETURN (i.e. 2019 and before)! If you submit the incorrect tax year return we WILL NOT CONSIDER YOUR APPLICATION.
Who is eligible to apply for the SFIC scholarship?
Parents/Guardians of students in grades Pre K-12 from low income families currently or planning to enroll in a private or parochial school located within Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties are eligible to apply.
Once my on-line application is submitted, can I call the SFIC office to inquire about the status of my application?
No. All applications submitted will remain under review until final determinations are made. SFIC will not provide any other information before a finalized award decision has been announced. If your application is still considered incomplete you will continue to get emails advising you what is missing. You can email our office at email@example.com regarding questions about missing documents. All correspondence regarding your application decision will be emailed to you (we do not provide award status information by phone).
Will you notify me if my on-line application is incomplete or missing information?
Yes. SFIC will email you if you are missing any required documentation. Any information received after April 30, 2021 is considered past the deadline for consideration.
If my child is currently receiving a SFIC tuition assistance award, do I have to reapply for the following school year(s)?
Yes. Families must apply for the SFIC tuition assistance award every year, regardless of whether they are currently receiving or have been past recipients of an award. Families must also supply the most current financial documentation with their application every year. If you applied within the last year (whether you received an award or not) you will receive an email with a special link for you to access the application. Please make sure the email on file is the correct one (send us an email with any updates to your address, phone number or email to firstname.lastname@example.org subject line Information Update. Include the name of the parent, student(s) and account number if available. Include a phone number where you can be reached during the day). Do not use the link on the website for new applicants as it will delay the process and may cause you to lose the aid you are receiving now.
What are the requirements needed to be considered for your tuition assistance award?
Eligibility is based upon the total family household income. Our income eligibility will be closely based on the Federal Poverty Income 270 % guidelines for 2020. Your child must be enrolled or planning to attend a Private or parochial school within Bergen, Essex, Hudson or Union counties and entering grades K to 12th and you must meet the financial requirements established by SFIC. The financial Income Eligibility Scale is as follows:
Do I have to be living in the same town as the school my child attends to be eligible to apply?
No. You do not have to live in the same town as the school but the school must be located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson or Union counties.
Can I receive more than one tuition assistance award from The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children?
No. Only one award per student is permitted.
SFIC is proud to welcome the following schools into our fold:
Rising Star Academy, Union City
The Hudson School, Hoboken
The Patrick School, Hillside
ATTENTION PRIVATE/PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS INTERESTED IN BEING LISTED ON OUR APPLICATION
If your private school is located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson or Union counties, the school services students grades K-12 (and is interested in being listed on our application) please contact us at 973-497-4283 and ask for Jasmin Roman, Director of Scholarship Programs. You can also email us a email@example.com. Make sure to provide the name of the school, location, name and phone number where you can be reached.
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