FINANCIAL AID & HOW TO APPLY
The policy of funding most of the school’s annual operating expenses is with tuition dollars. Therefore, tuition controls, in large part, the quality of the education AGBU MDS is able to offer. While recognizing that some sacrifice is appropriate for something as crucial as children’s education, the Board acknowledges that financial assistance will be necessary to build and maintain the sort of student body AGBU MDS aspires to have.
In order for us to allocate our resources wisely and fairly, we have enlisted the help of the Smart Aid program. Smart Aid does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give; rather, Smart Aid provides a need-based financial aid analysis service. Smart Aid provides the school with a report, which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from Smart Aid is kept confidential and applications are reviewed by the Finance Committee. As a reminder, kindly note that you must reapply each year.
The CoVID hardship form is not a substitute for the completion of the Smart Aid application and documentation requirements. Your hardship application will be a part of your financial aid packet as a supplemental document. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the 2021-2022 CoVID hardship form.
AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School
Financial Aid Application Information 2021-2022
School ID (Code)
AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School: 13628
Application and supporting documents due:
Kindergarten – 12th Grade
Smart Aid Application Fee: $35
Payment of Registration Fees
The school will no longer defer registration fees for financial aid applicants. Families are required to pay the school's total registration fees per student before completing the online financial aid form. Financial aid applicants who are not awarded financial aid or decline the financial award being offered will receive a full refund of the registration fees after officially withdrawing their child(ren) from all classes.
Required Supporting Documentation
Applications submitted without documentation will not be processed.
- Most recent pay stubs
- 2020 W-2 forms for all jobs.
- 2020 filed tax return: 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ with all schedules.
- 2020 filed business tax return: 1120, 1120S, 1065 (if applicable).
- Supplemental income documentation: Social Security income, Welfare, Food Stamps, Child Support, 1099-M Forms, Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment, Veterans Benefits, Housing Allowance, etc.
- If you are unable to provide any of the aforementioned items, please submit a Special Circumstance Letter indicating which document(s) you are unable to provide and why. This information will be shared with your school for consideration.
- Documentation should be submitted at the time the application is completed. Application IDs must be included on all documents. Failure to include your ID will delay processing of your application.
- Direct Upload: https://smartaidforparents.com (login with your username and password)
Notification of Financial Aid
Once your application is processed, a financial aid recommendation will be forwarded to AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School. All final financial aid decisions, including notification of an award amount (if any) will be made by AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School. If you have not received notification regarding financial aid, contact the Accounting Office at (818) 883-2428, ext. 117.
AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School
Financial Aid Online Application Instructions
Section 1 – Household Information
Parent/Guardian: Enter the parent or guardian’s contact information. Dependent: Enter all dependents that live in the household. For dependents in college, select the “attending another private school” status option.
Section 2 – Selecting A School
Enter your school’s five-digit code or name in the search box. If you want to search for schools near you that are participating in the Smart Aid program, you can search by city and state. Make your selection by checking the select checkbox. Once a school or multiple schools are selected, you will then need to select the student(s) you wish to apply for aid at the appropriate school(s). After the school(s) have been selected, you will then need to select the upcoming grade for the student, student code (if applicable), and expected tuition (if applicable) for the upcoming year. Clicking “next” after each section will allow you to move on to each subsequent section.
Section 3 – Income & Expenses
Enter any income the household receives; employment, business or supplemental. If the work status is selected as ‘employed’, ‘self-employed’, ‘unemployed, receiving benefits’, or ‘disabled, receiving benefits,’ you will be required to enter this income source in the appropriate section before moving through the application. Please enter all expenses as they pertain to your household.
Section 4 – Assets & Debts
Enter all assets and debts as they pertain to your household.
Section 5 – Special Circumstances
Check off any special circumstance that pertains to your household. If no option available best describes your household’s circumstance, please check ‘other’ and describe your situation. This information is confidential and will only be available to designated School Administration and Smart Aid staff.
Section 6 – Submit
Agree to Smart Aid’s terms and conditions, then click SUBMIT to complete your online application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who should complete this aid application?
A: Whomever the child resides with should complete this application whether it is a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, or legal guardian. There is a section within the application where you can enter contributions from non-custodial parents and relatives.
Q: Why do I need to input my spouse’s information if I am remarried and they are not legally responsible for my children?
A: Smart Aid’s calculation works off of the total household income, therefore including all income, whether the party is legally responsible for your children or not. Our system however, does take into effect your spouse’s expenses as well as their income. It is important to list all expenses that are asked of within the application.
Q: I do not have the required tax documents. HELP!
A: Include the most recent tax documentation you have available. If you are asked for a specific line from a tax document that you have not yet completed, please estimate the projected amount.
Q: How will I know if I qualify for aid or not?
A: We do not disclose information about the results of your application. All final tuition aid decisions, including notification of an award amount (if any); will be made by your school. For the date award notices will be given, please contact your school directly.
Q: What if I want to edit my application?
A: Once an application has been submitted and paid for it can no longer be edited by a parent. However, if changes are necessary a written statement with the change (including the application ID), should be sent to email@example.com.