jb914 wrote:I really wish one of you MD experts would help me find the mysterious free tuition form.
It's really simple. You either make too much money or your son/daughter is not an "impact" player in the right sport. Full rides or damn near close to full rides are happening at every single Trinity League school and especially now for football players. SJB started the trend when Jason Negro was hired. The school made a business decision that is paying off handsomely. Bring in football talent (pay for it) and the alumni will open their checkbooks. A school that no one anywhere outside of Bellflower, CA had ever heard of is now a widely recognized National HS Football Power and is building a multi-million dollar on-campus football stadium.
Mater Dei has followed suit. They had always had that same business model for their basketball program but after suffering one to many lopsided defeats to the "new" Bosco, Mater Dei realized it also needed to do exactly what Bosco was doing. Pay for the best available football talent.
How does it happen? Simple. Most of these families can't afford the $20K per year cost for tuition, fees and football at MD and SJB. That is why the majority of the players on these teams has never attended a private school in the past. The starters at MD and SJB are 90% public school kids that are attending a private school for the first time in their lives. These families apply for financial aid like any other needy family through a 3rd party site called FACTS Management. This 3rd party collects all the relative financial data for each applicant and awards tuition discounts based on need. Football players and non-athletes all go through this same process. Based on the need determined, a family will be given a discount on the regular tuition. In one particular case, a football player at MD was only required to pay $6K for the school year (again this is a common outcome for low-income non-athlete families as well at MD and other private schools). That family is then set-up on a monthly payment plan with FACTS Management, not the actual school. What happens to the remaining $6K you ask? Someone, anyone can walk into the school business office and make an "anonymous" payment on behalf of any student at the school. The school will then notify FACTS of that payment. Family receives an email from FACTS alerting them of said payment. Tuition paid.
It's business. It is what it is. Let's not pretend it's not happening. I just wish it wasn't happening at Mater Dei. I liked it when we won with the local Catholic kids, some of whom were of a lot of tuition assistance BTW.