Financial Aid FAQ 

The following is information about Financial Assistance offerings at Damien Memorial School for the 2019-20 school year.

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PART 1: GENERAL SMART AID APPLICATION QUESTIONS

What is Financial Assistance?

This is our terminology for financial aid and Damien scholarships, which are requested in one application submitted via Smart Aid.


When do applications open and when are they due?

All current and prospective families will be notified when applications open in December 2018 and given instructions on how to complete the form. An application is NOT considered complete until it is submitted, and all proof documents are uploaded.

  • Current Students: Applications for Financial Aid and all scholarship renewal are due 2/15/2019.

  • Prospective students: All Financial Aid applications are due 2/15/2019. If you are simply applying for a scholarship, this must be submitted within three weeks of acceptance. Note that any applications received after May 1 for late acceptances will be considered based on available funds, so we recommend submitting the application earlier than later.


Who do I call for assistance?

For questions about the application, please contact Smart Aid’s help desk by emailing support@smartaidforparents.com or call 800-360-8027.

For assistance with Scholarship applications, please contact Mrs. Freeman by emailing nfreeman@damien.edu


Can we complete the application on paper?

No. This application must be completed electronically using a Google Chrome or Firefox browser.


What if I lack computer skills and cannot complete the application without assistance?

If your child or another family member is unable to assist, please contact Mrs. Freeman at nfreeman@damien.edu and request an appointment. Please do not wait until February, as all appointments may be filled.


Is there a cost for the application?

Yes. The application costs $35 per family


When do we find out about awards?

Award information will be sent out at the end of March or early April.


What is Damien’s school code?

13511


Who needs to complete the application?

All legal guardians and providers must complete the application if it is specifically for financial aid. Only one application is required per family, but all guardian and provider information must be included.


What documents do I need to provide?

For all birth parents and/or legal guardians:

·  2018 W2 forms for all jobs

·  2017 OR 2018 Tax returns (1040, 1040EZ, etc. ***

·  2018 Business tax returns if applicable

·  Supplemental income documentation (i.e. food stamps, child support orders, etc.)

·  Any scholarship proof documents

***If your income changed dramatically in the last year, please submit your 2018 tax returns.


Who decides on financial aid awards?

Smart Aid, our third-party application partner, reviews all financial aid requests and provides a recommendation of “need.” The Damien Financial Assistance Team makes final decisions on award amounts.


Is there an appeal process?

Damien has many families applying to school with financial need and only a finite amount of funds to assist all families. A financial aid award reflects how much of our total aid that we can share with an individual family. It is not a statement of an individual family’s total need. Accordingly, there is no appeals process. 


Is there an income level that is a “cut off” for financial aid?

No. Any family can apply for financial aid and all income, debts and assets will be reviewed.


Do I need to apply for financial assistance every year?

Yes. The application must be submitted annually for any scholarships or financial aid.


Can my child get a “full ride” in financial aid/scholarships from Damien?

No. In accordance with the beliefs of the Christian Brothers, Damien tries to help as many families as possible by capping the financial assistance package (scholarships and financial aid combined). Caps are $6,800 for high school and $5,100 for middle school.


Can I mail in my tax documentation?

No. Upload tax information electronically by clicking the “Documents” tab after you pay for and submit the application. If you do not have a scanner, take and upload high-resolution photos using your phone.


If my student receives financial aid, can it ever be revoked?

Yes. If your family does not stay current in their financial obligations with the school, then the financial aid award could be reduced or revoked for the current school year and/or future years. If your child does not maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, the financial assistance award may be rescinded. Lastly, if your family does not complete the mandatory allotted amount of financial aid service hours, you will be ineligible to receive financial assistance the next year.


PART 2: DAMIEN SCHOLARSHIPS

What scholarships are available?

All the following scholarships, except for the Catholic Parish/Student Scholarship, must be applied for or renewed annually via Smart Aid.

  • Academic Scholarship: This is based on entrance exam scores and only available to incoming students. A 3.2 GPA is required to retain the scholarship.

  • Alumni Scholarship: This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to students whose parents attended Damien.

  • Sibling Scholarship: If a family has multiple siblings enrolled at Damien, younger students receive a scholarship of 10% of tuition.

  • Catholic Parish/Student Scholarship: If a NEW student is registered as a member of a Catholic parish or attended a Catholic school for three of the past five years, they receive a one-time 10% tuition discount upon entry.

  • Military Scholarship: This is a 25% off tuition scholarship available to full-time active duty military personnel.

  • Faculty Scholarship: Full time faculty and staff can receive a tuition scholarship for legal dependents as indicated in the employee handbook.

  • Coaching Scholarship: If a parent fulfills coaching requirements placed by the athletic directors, they may be eligible for a coaching scholarship.


How do I apply for or renew Damien scholarships?

You must complete a Smart Aid application annually to renew or apply for scholarships. The Academic Scholarship is awarded only upon entry to the school.


Do you accept the Kipona Foundation Scholarship?

Yes. Please note that, if your student receives a Kipona scholarship and a financial aid award and/or scholarship from Damien, then the school will likely modify and reduce its financial assistance and/or scholarship so that the funds can be shared with another family in need.


How do I know if my child received an academic scholarship?

Academic scholarships are noted in the Damien Acceptance letter.


Do you have a re-review process so current students can receive scholarships?

No. To be considered for an academic scholarship, a student must test in the 85th percentile (or higher) on the entrance exam test. There is no appeal process for students already attending Damien.


Does Damien provide athletic scholarships?

No. In cooperation with the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, Damien does not offer athletic scholarships and athletics have no bearing on financial aid.