Scholarship Assistance at BCEMS

Berry College Elementary & Middle School endeavors to welcome and educate a student body diverse in economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds. The mission of our school’s need-based scholarship program is to offer financial support to students who would not otherwise be able to attend BCEMS.

Funding for scholarship assistance is supported through the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, the BCEMS annual operating budget, the BCEMS Middle School Scholarship Fund, and the Berry Half Marathon.

Scholarship assistance is intended to support tuition fees only and is not available for additional optional programs including school lunches, after school care, and after school Enrichment Programs.

Applying for scholarship assistance is completely separate from applying for admission to BCEMS. BCEMS uses FACTS, an online service, to assess a family’s ability to pay for private education and to help families feel confident that their request for financial aid is being treated objectively and professionally. FACTS services over 2,600 institutions and is respected for excellent customer service. All scholarship decisions and financial information is held in the strictest confidence. In the event a student qualifies and receives a scholarship, need-based assistance requires families to reapply and submit supporting documentation to the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Service every year.

Scholarship Assistance Process for 2016-2017

  1. Review the BCEMS Scholarship Assistance Program guidelines (pdf).
  2. Complete and submit the FACTS online application for school year 2015-2016 at FACTS online website. This includes paying an online fee of ($30.00). New* and returning families seeking scholarship assistance must submit the online application by February 15, 2016.
  3. All families applying for scholarship assistance will receive an estimated award notice so they can make an informed decision about enrollment or continued enrollment. This estimated award is NOT finalized until supporting documentation is submitted to and verified by FACTS.
  4. New and returning families should mail or fax all supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Service. New and returning families must submit supporting documentation by March 31, 2016.
  5. FACTS will analyze and verify family financial information and make a recommendation to BCEMS.
  6. The BCEMS Scholarship Committee will review the FACTS report, recommendation, and supporting documentation to make a decision about scholarship assistance.
  7. All scholarship decisions will be communicated to the parent/guardian via postal mail.
  8. When seeking scholarship assistance, it is important to be mindful of all deadlines, thorough in application and submission of all required documents, responsive to emails and letters from FACTS and BCEMS, and committed to all BCEMS scholarship policies.
*New families seeking scholarship assistance after Feb.15, 2016, should follow the March 31 deadline for both application and supporting documents.