Tuition Assistance

Applicants to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School: please do NOT wait for your Admissions decision to apply for financial assistance. Complete TADS now!

Tuition Assistance is available through the Archdiocese of San Francisco Family Grants, The BASIC Fund, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel School’s Tuition Assistance Fund. Applicants are required to demonstrate financial need by completing the TADS online application (see below), a 3rd party service that evaluates financial data for all schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. TADS makes recommendation of calculated need to Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and the Archdiocese. Applicants for the The BASIC Fund Scholarships apply directly to The BASIC Fund.

  1. IMPORTANT: ALL applicants please read Policy On Administering Financial Assistance 2019-2020
  2. TADS is now open for the 2020-2021 application cycle: https://secure.tads.com/Accounts/Login.aspx
    • Parents must first complete & submit 2018 IRS form1040
    • Then, parents complete the TADS application for 2020-2021.
    • See TADS section below for important information
  3. March 18, 2020: Due date for first time applicants to The Basic Fund
    • The BASIC Fund application will be available January 1, 2020,
    • Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. Applications must be complete to be considered.
    • Returning applicants to The BASIC Fund will renew online in March 2020.
  4. April 15, 2020: Due date for TADS for ALL applicants
    • -- Please ensure that ALL required documents are submitted by April 15 due date,
    • -- Incomplete applications on April 15 risk missing out of San Francisco Archdiocese scholarship

The BASIC Fund

Basic Fund app

The BASIC Fund provides scholarships to thousands of students each year, and has supported more than 23,000 students since they began in 1998. BASIC Fund scholarships are awarded first-come first-served on the basis of financial need. The awards are based on household size and income, covering anywhere from 25-50% of a school’s tuition, up to $2,000 per student per year. Read more about applying for a BASIC Fund Scholarship (English & Español).

Children entering Kindergarten or entering private school for the first time are eligible to apply for The BASIC Fund. It is essential to apply in your first year of private school, as The BASIC Fund does not accept applications after a child's first year in private school.


Archdiocesan Family Grants

The Archdiocese of San Francisco is fortunate to be able to offer more than $1,000,000 in scholarships each year. Grants are awarded to families living within the confines of the Archdiocese (Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties), and are awarded on a need basis until funds are exhausted. You must apply for this grant through TADS (see below). Find out more.


OLMC Financial Assistance

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is proud to be one of the few schools on the Peninsula to be able to offer its own Tuition Assistance Fund. We have been blessed with many gifts, both large and small, and are touched by the generosity of our alumni, alumni parents and parishioners. The school administration considers many factors including changes in family structure, how many children are enrolled at OLMC, and if older children in the family are also attending Catholic high school. To be considered for OLMC financial assistance, families must submit an application through TADS (See below).

OLMC will use the TADS Equal Ratio model to distribute financial assistance. See the attached file: Policy On Administering Financial Assistance 2019-2020.


All applicants for OLMC Tuition Assistance must submit a TADS applicationTADS

TADS Welcome Sheet-English (English) TADS Welcome Sheet-Spanish (Español)

It is highly recommended that you complete a worksheet prior to going online to submit your application to TADS.

All applications are due to TADS by April 15, 2020, no exceptions. Please note that only one TADS application is required per family per academic year. If you have multiple children attending different schools (Catholic elementary and Catholic high school) you need only submit one application. You will be directed to select the schools your children attend during the application process. Additionally, if you are applying for the Archdiocesan Family Grant, there is an opportunity to indicate this information on the TADS application.

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