School-Age Financial Aid Program

About the Program

The School-Age Financial Aid program is for students with hearing loss who use listening and spoken language and who are in first through twelfth grades 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. These are one-time awards made generally in the month of August. Award amounts vary; over the past three years, awards have ranged from $500 to $1,500.

Information about and an application packet for the 2013 School-age Financial Aid program will be available on this web page in mid-April 2013.

2012 Program Update

The AG Bell School-Age Award Selection Committee is happy to announce a total of $78,000 has been awarded to 84 children who are deaf and hard of hearing and attending a private mainstream school. Awards ranged from $500 to $1,500 and award recipients reside in 22 U.S. states and Canada. 

2012 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 (AN) must have been diagnosed before the child’s fourth birthday. Children with unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss or unilateral AN 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 and 2000 Hz. Children with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement. Note: This may not apply for children who have been diagnosed with AN. For information on required documentation for AN, 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 and 2000 Hz and add those three numbers together, then divide that total by three. 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 between 6 and 21 years of age as of December 31, 2012.
  • The child must be enrolled or registered as a full-time student for the school year beginning in the fall of 2012 between grades one and twelve in a mainstream parochial, independent or private elementary or secondary school. Please Note: Public school, oral school, OPTION school, home school & 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 usage of grant funds.

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

Do You Have Questions?

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