How are Scholarships awarded and who makes the decisions?
Scholarships are awarded in the form of reduced tuition fees and are based on demonstrated financial need from your family’s current year projected income and assets.
Tuition Assistance Program applications are reviewed and decided upon by each school’s Tuition Assistance Committee, based on UJA-provided guidelines. Generations Trust Scholarship applications are reviewed by the Generations Trust Scholarship review committee convened by UJA.
The application review process for all Day School Scholarships is entirely confidential—all review committees must follow strict privacy procedures when processing applications.
Who can I contact for further questions?
Any questions you may have about decisions for all Day School Scholarships should be directed to the tuition office at your school of choice. You can find a full list of tuition and admissions contacts at each school here.
When do applications open for Day School Scholarships for the 2024/25 school year?
Scholarship applications for the 2023/24 school year will open Fall 2023.
Which tax year will I need to provide information from to apply for a Day School Scholarship for the 2024/25 school year?
Parents should use their 2022 tax information when applying for a Scholarship for the 2024/25 school year.
I applied for a Scholarship last year with my 2022 tax information. Which taxes do I need to show for the 2024/25 school year?
Even if you applied last year using your 2022 tax information, you will need to re-apply for the 2024/25 school year using the same tax information.
When is the application for Day School Scholarships due?
Each school has its own application timeline and deadline. Please contact your school of choice to learn when applications are due. You can find a full list of tuition and admissions contacts at each school here.
What information and/or documents will I need to complete my application?
All applications require the following income documents:
- T1 (in its entirety)
- Notice of Assessment (NoA)
- Total investment value (i.e., savings, TFSA, interest in a private company)
- All other unrecorded supplemental income
- If you are self-employed: T2125
- If you own or partially own the business from which you earn income:
- Year-end financial statements from your business
- If you own real estate other than your home residence:
- Location of property
- Current estimated value
- Current mortgage value
For families with more nuanced financial circumstances, you will also be required to provide Expenditure and Asset information. For a full list of all documents and information you will need in order to apply for a Day School Scholarship, click here.
How long will it take to hear back about a decision regarding my Scholarship application?
While exact timing will be determined by the volume of applications received, your application will be processed as quickly as possible. If you would like an update on the status of your application, please connect with the tuition office of your school of choice.
I am ready to apply, where do I go?
If you have already registered with your school and are ready to apply, please visit the UJA Community Scholarships portal and create an account. You can find the portal here.
What if I am separated or divorced from the student's other parent or guardian?
If both parents are financially responsible for the student’s education, they each need to fill out their own application. The information you provide will not be shared with the other parent.
What if my circumstances change after I apply?
If you wish to revise your application, or if circumstances have changed since you submitted your application, please notify the tuition office at your school and they can assist you in making edits to your application. You can find a full list of tuition and admissions contacts at each school here.
Do I have to create a new application each year?
Yes, you will need to create a new application each year that you apply for a Scholarship. The new or updated information you provide in your application each year is sent directly to the school(s) so they can determine Scholarship eligibility.
Do I need to complete multiple Scholarship applications if my children go to multiple schools?
No. If you are applying for Scholarships for more than one child at the same school, or at different schools, only one application needs to be completed. The school(s) you select on your application will be sent your financial information for analysis.
Can students in high school receive a Day School Scholarship?
Yes! Students in grades JK-12 can apply for a Day School Scholarship.
Am I still eligible to apply if I am an incorporated professional?
You may be eligible. In addition to considering the amount of money that you withdraw from the corporation, the amount of money left in the corporation will also be taken into account in your Scholarship application. Your eligibility can only be determined once a Day School Scholarship application has been submitted.
Am I still eligible to apply if I own shares or private companies/family businesses?
You may be eligible. As part of your Scholarship application, you must disclose how much your interests are worth in the investment asset list. Your eligibility can only be determined once a Day School Scholarship application has been submitted.
I filled out the calculator and it said my family “may qualify” for a Scholarship. What does that mean?
There are a number of factors that can affect eligibility, including: owning your own business; owning property other than your primary residence; having significant investments; and high non-employment income. The eligibility of families with these circumstances can only be determined once a Day School Scholarship application has been submitted.
Please visit the UJA Community Scholarships Portal to set up an account and complete your application. Once submitted, it will be reviewed to determine your family’s eligibility.
My child attends a non-funded day school. How can I get assistance?
Most non-funded day schools have their own tuition assistance program and process. Families should contact their school for more information.
Is there assistance available for nursery?
Please contact your individual school for information on nursery scholarships.
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
What is the Discovery Grant?
The UJA Discovery Grant with Bialik Hebrew Day School, Himel Branch is a new pilot program for families at Bialik, Himel Branch with students entering JK-Grade 2. To qualify for the Discovery Grant, families must be enrolled for the first time in a Jewish school and be entering Bialik’s Himel Branch. You can learn more about this initiative here.
All decisions for the Discovery Grants are made through a review committee convened by UJA. If you have any questions, please reach out to the tuition office at Bialik Hebrew Day School.
UJA is proud to support pilot initiatives to encourage enrolment in day schools. Our hope is that through programs like the Discovery Grant, we will be able to identify and expand affordability programs to schools throughout the community.
What is the TanenbaumCHAT Tuition Assistance Program?
The TanenbaumCHAT Tuition Assistance Program offers tuition reduction for families with 1 or 2 children enrolled at TanenbaumCHAT. Families with more than 2 children enrolled in TanenbaumCHAT are encouraged to use our online scholarship calculator to see if you qualify for a Day School Scholarship. You can learn more about this initiative here. If you have any questions, please reach out to the tuition office at TanenbaumCHAT.
Are there scholarships for other Jewish programs?
Yes! The updated UJA Community Scholarships portal is a central hub for scholarship applications for many Jewish experiences, including Jewish day school, part-time Jewish education programs, Jewish overnight camps, Jewish experience programs (e.g. March of the Living, Year of Service programs, etc.), and more. You can access the portal here.