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Financial Aid FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Aid

Who should apply for financial aid?

Whomever the student lives with should apply for financial aid, whether it is a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, or legal guardian.  There is a section within the application where you can enter contributions from non-custodial parents or family members.  There is also a section where you can note martial status of the parent(s) or guardian(s), or if there are current or impending familial changes.

How do I apply for financial aid?

You can apply for financial aid by going to, or by clicking on the link on the Financial Aid & Scholarships page.  Click “Create an Account” if you wish to start a new application, or put in your account info if you are returning to an existing application.  After you’ve created an account and verified your email, you will be able to fill out and submit an application and upload your necessary documents all on the Smart Aid website. 

What is Archbishop Carroll’s Smart Aid school code?

13064  You will need to put this code into your application to indicate that you would like your financial aid request and estimated need to be reviewed by Carroll’s Financial Assistance Committee.

What if I’m applying for financial aid at more than one Archdiocesan school?

Whether you’re applying for aid from an Archdiocesan elementary school or another high school, you only need to fill out and submit one Smart Aid application.  You will have a chance to indicate each school you would like to receive your financial aid application by entering their school code.  If you have already submitted your application, you are able to email with a written request to add another school code (please include application ID).  Click HERE for a comprehensive list of all AOP elementary and high school Smart Aid codes.

Should I include students at other tuition paying schools?

Yes.  You should include all household dependents, whether they are not yet school-age or in college.  Other children in a tuition paying schools is an important factor in determining a family’s household expenses.  If you have a child that will be entering a tuition paying college in the Fall of 2017 in addition to any children attending an Archdiocesan school for the 2017-2018 academic year, please make a note under Section 5 – Special Circumstances in the application.

What documentation do I need for my application?

The only required documentation you need are your 2016 tax returns, which you will need to submit by March 31, 2017.  It is helpful to have a few other financial documents on hand to refer to as you complete the application.  You might find it helpful to have recent pay statements, W2’s or tax forms, or, if you own your own business, quarterly tax documents nearby while you are inputting your family’s information into the application.  If you are asked for a specific line from a tax document you have not completed yet, please estimate the projected amount.

Why do I need to input my spouse’s information if I am remarried and they are not legally responsible for my child?

Smart Aid’s calculation works off the total household income; therefore, including all income, whether the party is legally responsible for your child or not, is necessary.  Our system does take into account your spouse’s expenses as well as their income.  It is important to include all expenses that are applicable to your family in the application.  Additionally, there is a section for you to detail any relevant special circumstances before submitting your financial aid application.

Are there any financial aid deadlines?

Yes.  We encourage families to submit their Smart Aid application as early as possible.  All financial aid applicants must submit their 2016 tax returns by March 31, 2017.  Financial documents may be uploaded directly into a family’s account through the Smart Aid website.

When will I know if my child is receiving any aid?

New students will receive a contingent financial aid award decision within two weeks of submitting your Smart Aid application.  The initial award decision is based on the family estimated financial need, and is contingent upon completing the Smart Aid application with the 2016 tax returns by March 31, 2017 and qualifying for at least the initial grant amount after the Smart Aid application has been completed and verified.

Is there a maximum amount of aid or scholarship awards my child can receive?

Each student can receive up to, and not exceeding, the total cost of tuition and school fees each year of their high school career.  Students may receive more than one scholarship award, or combine a scholarship award with a financial aid grant so long as they do not exceed the total cost of their tuition and school fee.

 How do I edit my Smart Aid application?

Once an application has been submitted and paid for, it can no longer be edited by a parent.  However, if changes are necessary, a written statement with the requested change and application ID number can be sent to

We applied for aid for the 2016-2017 academic year.  What should we do for 2017-2018?

Families who applied for aid for 2016-2017 will only need to:

  1. Login using the username and password from 2016-2017
  2. Update their information
  3. Submit the application along with the $25.00 fee
  4. Return to the site to upload the 2016 tax returns when completed by March 31, 2017