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We recognize that the cost of an independent school education is significant and may be outside of the means of some of our applicant families. Sacred Heart’s financial aid program is designed to bridge the gap for families with a demonstrated need. Whether a family qualifies for such assistance is determined by individual circumstances and the overall demand, which varies year to year. 

The information here, together with the frequently asked questions below, may help your family determine if applying for financial aid is right for you. If you have additional questions, please contact Beth Murphy in the financial aid office |   

When does the financial assistance process begin?
The 2020-2021 financial aid application will be available November 1, 2019. It needs to be completed no later than February 1, 2020 for consideration for the 2020-2021 school year.

Academy of the Sacred Heart uses Smart Aid – a private and secure site where you will enter your financial information. Smart Aid provides an independent-third party assessment of your financial need by employing a proprietary formula that indicates how families use their income. By having your family’s full financial picture, we will be able to make an accurate decision on a possible financial assistance award. Smart Aid is one of the financial aid services approved by Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA). 

Financial Aid FAQs:

Who can apply for Financial Aid?

Families who have girls entering Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade with a demonstrated need for assistance may apply. Financial aid is not available for our Little Hearts program.

Families who receive financial aid represent a wide range of financial backgrounds. While the Academy of the Sacred Heart believes the primary responsibility for financing a student’s education lies with the family, any family who cannot afford the full tuition may apply for financial aid. Applying for financial aid will not affect one’s chance for admissions. Families interested in applying for financial aid must submit an application via Smart Aid before February 1, 2020.


How do I apply for Financial Aid?

1. Complete the SMARTAID application by clicking the START SMARTAID PROCESS

2. Once you have completed the SMARTAID application, please download the 4506T tax form and send scanned to back to

How is financial aid determined?

Like many of our area schools who are members of Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), Academy of the Sacred Heart uses an independent third party needs analysis system, Smart Aid, to assess your financial ability to pay. Financial need is determined by a family’s ability to meet educational expenses, not by the willingness to pay. The application takes into account such things as income and taxes, basic living expenses, debts, family size, number of children attending tuition-based schools and parent/student assets. 

Click here to create your online account and complete the Smart Aid application. Please DO NOT send any financial assistance information or documentations to Academy of the Sacred Heart. There is an application fee of $35 per application per year payable to Smart Aid.

The Academy of the Sacred Heart's Smart Aid school code is 13901.

The ASH Financial Aid Committee reviews the external application and the Smart Aid assessment when assessing a family’s’ ability to pay. All of your information is held in strict confidence and will be reviewed in private by members of our Financial Aid Committee. 

Who must complete the Smart Aid application?

Both parents must complete the Smart Aid application. In case of divorce, each parent/household must complete the financial aid application and send in all required documents. The ASH Financial Aid Committee will consider the resources of both natural parents and their household income. If either or both parent has remarried, the committee will consider the resources of the stepparent. Each parental household must complete the full application process. 

Please email the Financial Aid office if one parent is not involved in the child’s life |

Must both parents be employed to receive financial aid for ASH?

No. However, income will be computed for a non-employed spouse if there are no preschool children at home or if the non-employed spouse is not attending school. An exception can be made if the parents are caring for a disabled or critically ill individual who resides in their home. Consideration may also be given for the parent who is home-schooling other children in their family.

Does financial aid roll over year to year?

Financial aid is subject to annual review and not renewed automatically. Parents must file a new application every year. The amount one receives can change from year to year.

What types of aid are available?

ASH offers financial aid and several merit based, partial scholarships. ASH does not offer athletic scholarships.

Who will see my application and financial information?

All of your information is held in strict confidence and will be reviewed in private by members of our Financial Aid Committee. 

Only the Financial Aid Committee will see your application. The Financial Aid Committee treats your application and award with the strictest confidentiality.

We expect families receiving assistance to do the same and NOT disclose their financial assistance award with other parents or teachers. Failure to honor this policy may result in withdrawal of the entire award or jeopardize your eligibility for a future award.

How much financial assistance can a family expect to receive?

For the 2019-2020 school year, a large majority of applicants received some amount of financial assistance. Despite our strong commitment to our financial assistance program and the effort to enroll an economically diverse student body, it is possible that the number of students who qualify for assistance could be greater than what we are able to meet from year to year. Some families could be denied aid.

For information, please contact Beth Murphy in the financial assistance office |

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