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What makes the Generations Trust Scholarship different from UJA's regular tuition assistance program? How do I know which program is best for my family?
Through UJA’s regular tuition assistance program, we provide significant tuition relief for day school families, in partnership with our funded day schools. Nearly 2,000 students are assisted each year through the program.
The Generations Trust Scholarship was developed to provide tuition relief for elementary Jewish day school families that do not currently qualify for tuition assistance, but still struggle to afford the cost of a day school education. It does NOT replace our regular tuition assistance program, but was designed to as an additional program that is built on top.
If you have received or are currently receiving tuition assistance, this does not disqualify your family from applying for a Generations Trust Scholarship. If your family qualifies for a Generations Trust Scholarship, it is very likely that you will benefit more from this new program than from our regular tuition assistance program. However, students may only receive assistance through Generations Trust OR UJA’s regular tuition assistance program in any academic year.
Our online calculator can help quickly estimate which program is right for your family.
We recommend that you first apply for a Generations Trust Scholarship. If, after reviewing your application, we find that you do not qualify for Generations Trust, you are then encouraged to apply for regular tuition assistance. If your application for a Generations Trust Scholarship is accepted, and you find that the tuition cap does not provide adequate support for your circumstances, you may then apply for regular tuition assistance.
Is the Generations Trust Scholarship a pilot program? How many years will it be available for?
The Generations Trust Scholarship is NOT a pilot program. It has been created to provide a long-term source of tuition relief for qualifying families. If your family continues to meet the eligibility requirements for a Generations Trust Scholarship, you can rest assured that it will be available for the full duration of your children’s elementary day school education. Note that scholarships are recalculated on an annual basis to ensure tuition relief aligns with your current family income.
Will my tuition cap change if school fees go up or down?
The scholarship will not change in relation to fluctuating tuition fees and will only ever be linked to your total household income. It sets a household tuition cap linked to one’s household income. This cap represents a family’s maximum total tuition fee for up to three students. The scholarship is recalculated on an annual basis to ensure tuition relief aligns with your current family income.
The calculator provided me with a total tuition fee that is higher than the actual tuition fee at my school of choice. Do I still qualify?
If this is case, you qualify for the scholarship, however, do not currently benefit from it. Some families with one student may find their household cap exceeds the per-student fee charged by their school of choice. In this case, you will of course only pay the regular tuition fee set by the school.
Does my family’s tuition cap under the Generations Trust Scholarship include additional school fees, such as capital levies?
No. The Generations Trust Scholarship only accounts for base tuition fees. Your school may charge additional fees that are not covered under the scholarship, such as capital levies.
My oldest child will soon be entering JK- when should my family apply for a Generations Trust Scholarship?
For children entering day school in September 2021, please apply by Monday, May 31, 2021. If your child is entering JK at a participating day school in 2022, the applications will re-open in the fall of 2021.
If my 2020 tax forms are not available yet, what information should I include in the application?
Please use your most recent tax information and forms that are available to you.
Who is privy to the Generations Trust Scholarship applications?
All information submitted through the scholarship application is highly confidential. Your information will only be accessed by a select few individuals who centrally process all the files.
Which schools are participating in the scholarship program? Why were they selected?
Nine elementary schools are participating in the Generations Trust: Associated Hebrew Schools, Bialik Hebrew Day School, Eitz Chaim Schools, The Joe Dwek Ohr HaEmet Sephardic School, The Leo Baeck Day School, Netivot HaTorah Day School, Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, Robbins Hebrew Academy, and The Toronto Heschel School. To determine eligibility, the Trust is closely hueing to UJA Federation’s Affiliation and Compliance Criteria, which lay out criteria in areas such as teaching and learning, curriculum, governance, financial sustainably, and other areas. We recognize that there are a number of Jewish day schools in Toronto which do not meet these criteria and are eager to help schools reach the benchmarks.
Does the Generations Trust Scholarship account for children enrolled in non-participating elementary Jewish day schools?
The scholarship only accounts for children enrolled in JK through grade 8 at the nine participating schools.
I only have one child enrolled at a participating day school, can I benefit from this scholarship?
The Scholarship caps your tuition fee based on your household income and does not change if you have one, two, or three students enrolled. This means that some families with one student may find their household cap exceeds the per-student fee charged by their school of choice. In this case, you will of course only pay the regular tuition fee set by the school.
What about families with more than three students enrolled in Jewish day school?
The Generations Trust Scholarship provides targeted tuition relief for families with up to three children enrolled simultaneously at the elementary and/or middle school level in a UJA-funded elementary Jewish day school. If you require tuition assistance for more than three children enrolled in a UJA-funded day school – be they at the elementary, middle, or high school levels – we encourage you to apply for our regular tuition assistance program.
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