To be eligible for financial aid from Parents Challenge (PC), you must be a resident of El Paso County, Colorado and meet federal income guidelines based on your total family income and the number of people in your household. These levels are the same ones used to determine eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Lunches by schools and are summarized below:
Income Eligibility (Based on number of people in household)
- 2 people : $29,471
- 3 people : $37,167
- 4 people : $44,863
- 5 people : $52,559
- 6 people : $60,255
- More than 6: Add $7,696 for each additional person
Verifying Eligibility – 2017 (new)
When requested: Please submit a copy of your Federal income tax return and verify the number of people in your household and your income.
Your total family income, your address and number in household will be verified by PC staff prior to approval of your application.
Financial aid recipients are required to attend all scheduled PC Meetings throughout the year and must commit to active participation in their child’s education. Before you are approved, you must attend an orientation meeting to learn more about our program. Parents are required to volunteer at least 10 hours per semester.
Types of Financial Aid
Parents Challenge offers Financial Aid for students whose families meet federal eligibility requirements and who choose private, public (traditional), public (charter) or home schooling.
For those choosing private school: Scholarships (up to $2,000) are paid directly to the private school of your choice as partial payment for annual tuition. Payment plans are negotiated with the school upon confirmation that your student has been accepted for enrollment. Parent(s) are responsible for the remainder of the tuition and any other fees, materials, and transportation that may be required for enrollment in the private school. Checks are issued to the school with the parent verifying acceptance of scholarship.
Because Parents Challenge seeks to help as many families as possible, each family may receive scholarships or grants for only two students in any given year.
Renewing Your Financial Aid
Eligible PC parents must re-apply each year to renew scholarships or grants. The renewal process will occur during the months of April. Parents Challenge parents will be required to:
Packets will be sent at the beginning of March for verification.
- Re-verify their income, number in household and residency
- Confirm financial status with attending school
- Confirm student’s performance at overall “C” grade or better
- Affirm their participation in the empowerment process
- Current families must have met the prior year requirements before their application is finalized for the next school year.