BSS Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Our scholarships and tuition assistance programs are designed to encourage and reward students who demonstrate exceptional achievements in specific areas, and to support families who need extra help with costs.
We believe that an outstanding education should be accessible to all and we are determined to provide opportunities to as many qualified applicants as possible. Our generous community makes donations in support of our Financial Assistance program because they know the value of BSS, and our Board of Governors and Board of Trustees ensure that these funds are allocated to those who need them.
For families of students in Grades 7 – 12, awarded based on academic achievement, entrance / admissions interview criteria and financial need, which is evaluated through an independent third party, Apple Financial Services. Applications to Apple Financial Services must be submitted by January 19, 2017 in order to be considered for the February offer day. (Applications will still be accepted after this date for second round considerations.) See below for step-by-step instructions on how to apply for Tuition Assistance.
Students who have qualified for tuition assistance may also request financial support for expenses that are beyond those items supported by their tuition assistance package (i.e. costs related to student events, class trips or school supplies). Information on our Program Support program will be provided to enrolled families.
Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement and submission of an application focused on the criteria for the scholarship, as well as entrance/admissions interview criteria. January 12, 2017 is the deadline for 2017-18 scholarship submissions. Learn more about the Scholarships available. Where it is applicable, current BSS students applying for Scholarships have already fulfilled the entrance/admissions interview criteria portion of the scholarship.
Your Path to Financial Assistance
Once you’ve submitted the online portion of the BSS application you can then apply to Apple Financial. Apple Financial works with Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS), which provides an analysis of a student applicant’s financial supporters’ financial ability to contribute towards educational expenses. Each year, the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) is provided on a confidential basis to the BSS Financial Assistance Committee (BFAC) to assist us in awarding tuition assistance to our applicants. Each year that you apply for tuition assistance, you must file a new PFS. Please name BSS on your PFS to ensure the report is sent to us.
The FACS makes recommendations on the amounts of tuition assistance and program support awarded to assist BFAC in making the final decision.FACS suggested family contribution is based on the family’s financial resources and their ability to fund educational expenses. Apple Financial provides the analysis, which is used by BFAC as one of the components to determine the level of assistance offered to the family applying. Apple Financial’s analysis is provided to BFAC and is not available to the applicants. For more information visit the Apple Financial website. If you have any specific questions for Apple Financial, contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-730-9900.
All new applicants are contacted by email on the February offer date to let them know if tuition assistance is awarded.
Boarding applicants’ notification will vary depending on when they applied. Qualified tuition assistance recipients will be notified of the amount granted and will be asked to sign and return documents to our Finance Department.
Financial Assistance recipients will remain confidential throughout the admissions process, their time at BSS and beyond unless you wish to participate in our BSS Donor Thank-You Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
The path to financial assistance is described in the section above.
Families requiring Financial Assistance are encouraged to apply for assistance as soon as they’ve completed the online application for BSS. Financial Assistance applications should be submitted and received before the February common offer date.
The Bishop Strachan School’s financial assistance awards are based on demonstrated need. Apple Financial is responsible for providing BSS with a recommendation of the total amount to be awarded based on the family’s income. Current and new families are welcome to apply based on financial need.
There is no ‘usual’ amount that is awarded. Families are evaluated individually based on their family income level and their current circumstances.
Eligibility for financial assistance will be evaluated annually. Recipients will need to re-apply for assistance each year.
Yes! We encourage all families to apply for financial assistance for day or boarding, based on need.
We support families who need partial or full financial assistance with tuition and, through our Program Support program, with educational expenses throughout the year.
Talk about impact!
One look at the achievements of BSS students who have received support from the Financial Assistance program is proof positive of its impact. We couldn’t be more proud of our grads who have tapped into this opportunity and made it work for them so profoundly.
Kaitlin TSE ’15 was an academic-focused student, elite athlete, violinist and participant in the Financial Assistance program during her time at BSS. After graduation, Kaitlin went on to play for Canada’s National Women’s U18 Hockey Team before attending Harvard University. In an interview about her experience at BSS she shared the advice to “Never set limits on yourself regardless of any odds that may be against you. If you have a dream, go chase it — work hard and enjoy every moment of the journey you chose to pursue”. Read more about Kaitlin and the Community Fund.
Valerie WHITTINGHAM Pringle ’71 is a strong supporter and champion of Financial Assistance after being a participant of the program during her time at BSS. A distinguished voice in Canadian broadcasting, Valerie is also a philanthropist and received the BSS Distinguished Old Girl Award in 2009. Upon accepting the award, Valerie shared the advice that “It’s good to have dreams. You just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Don’t get overwhelmed by how far it seems from here to there. You start. You find a job. You just never know”. Visit Valerie’s Distinguished Old Girl profile
Dolma Lama ’10 attended BSS from 2006 to 2010 on a scholarship supported by ten BSS parents. After BSS, she won a full scholarship to attend St. Lawrence University and graduated with a Global Studies and Government major in 2014. Among her achievements is opening a health clinic that serves over 500 people in and around her village in Napal. Dolma shared her story in an article in The Link, reflecting on her path and how “It only takes one person to believe in a child and give them the opportunity of a lifetime”.
Paige FOSTER ’16 began her education at BSS in 2014 as a boarder after receiving a scholarship from the African-Canadian Christian Network (ACCN). And she’s never looked back. Her younger sister is now enrolled while Paige is off to the University of Ottawa where she received a scholarship for the health sciences program. She spoke to Share News recently about her experience as a BSS student. “I was very shy and unsure of myself when I started there,” she said. “Now, I am confident and ready to take on the world. The two-and-a-half years I spent at BSS provided me with the best experience in my lifetime.”