AG Bell School-Age Financial Aid Program

The School-Age Financial Aid program is for students with hearing loss who use listening and spoken language and who are in grades 1-12 and attending a parochial, private or independent (not public) mainstream school. Awards are intended to help with educational costs such as tuition, room and board, books, equipment, auditory and speech language support services, academic tutoring, transportation and other school-related expenses. This program is not applicable for students who are being homeschooled, attend public school or are in college. Award amounts vary; over the past three years, awards have ranged from $500 to $1,500. These awards are made one time for the year generally in the month of August. Award recipients may apply for this program again in future years.

The 2015 program will be open from April 15 through May 28, 2015.

2015 School-Age Program Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The child’s bilateral hearing loss or auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD) must have been diagnosed before the child’s 4th birthday. Children with unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss or unilateral ANSD do not qualify.
  • The child’s hearing loss must be in the moderate to profound range. This means that applicants must have an unaided Pure Tone Average (PTA) of 55 dB or greater in the better hearing ear, in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz. Children with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement. Note: This may not apply for children who have been diagnosed with ANSD. For information on required documentation for ANSD, please see the "documentation" section on the Application Submission Instructions page in the application packet.
  • Formula for calculating the PTA: On the unaided audiogram, look at the results for the better hearing ear at 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000 Hz and add those four numbers together, then divide that total by four. The result is the Pure Tone Average. To be eligible for this award, the child’s PTA must be 55 dB or greater.
  • Listening and Spoken Language must be the child’s primary mode of communication.
  • The child must be enrolled or registered as a full-time student for the school year beginning in the fall of 2015 between grades one through 12 in a mainstream parochial, independent or private elementary or secondary school. Please note: public school, oral school, OPTION school, home school and post-secondary students do not meet this criterion.
  • The child must reside in the United States (including territories) or in Canada.
  • Parents/guardians should be able to clearly outline their need for financial assistance and plans for use of any awarded funds.

Note: While membership in AG Bell is not required, preference may be given to AG Bell members.

Administrative Process
2015 School-Age Program Application– PDF (print and complete by hand)
2015 School-Age Program Application– Writable PDF (open and complete on computer, then save, print and sign)

The mailing address to submit your application is:

School-Age Program Alexander Graham Bell Association
3417 Volta Place, 
NW Washington, DC 20007  

Your application must be received by AG Bell no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2015.

NOTE: We do not confirm receipt of applications. If you would like confirmation that your application was delivered, please use a service that can confirm delivery – please do not require a signature as this can delay delivery. AG Bell does not accept responsibility for any delays or delivery errors on the part of delivery services. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the deadline.

Once an application is received, it is screened for eligibility and completeness. Eligible applications will be forwarded to the award selection committee for review; ineligible applications will be discarded. The review process will take approximately 8 to 10 weeks. Once the selection of awards has been made by the committee, letters of notification will be mailed to all eligible applicants – those who were selected as well as those who were not selected to receive an award.

Awards will be issued during the month of August.

Do You Have Questions?
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