Renewal paperwork is distributed through the student's current school at the end of March each year. Deadline for renewal paperwork is in mid-April each year. If you have not received your renewal paperwork by the beginning of April call the school directly.
Scholarships are awarded to low-income families who fall within our guidelines (based on the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program), are entering private school for the first time, and have children entering Kindergarten through the eighth (K-8th) grade in a registered private school located in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano, or Sonoma.
Yes, as long as the school is within the nine Bay Area counties, and the family meets all academic and admission requirements of the school to which they apply.
Those non-public schools located in one of the nine Bay Area counties that are registered with the California State Department of Education.
Scholarships are awarded for a minimum of four years through 8th grade. We have a plan in place to carry students through 8th grade regardless of when they start with The BASIC Fund.
Scholarships usually cover 25%, 50%, or 75% of the selected school's tuition up to a maximum of $1,600 annually per child.
Participating families are required to contribute at a minimum of $500 per family to their children's education and are responsible for all costs not covered by the scholarship. Additionally, parents must agree to participate in their children’s education through involvement with the school and providing an encouraging environment.
Families must remain financially eligible according to the BASIC Fund's financial guidelines. Families must also be up-to-date in their payments to the school in order to be able to renew their scholarship for the next school year.
The average cost of tuition at schools participating in our program is $4,953; the average BASIC Fund scholarship is $1,450.
There are approximately 4,000 students in nearly 300 schools throughout the Bay Area receiving scholarships from The BASIC Fund.
All administrative and operating costs constitute less than 9% of our budget and are covered by the directors' contributions.