Parent & Infant Financial Aid Program
About the Program
The Parent & Infant Financial Aid Program is for families of infants and toddlers ages birth through 3 years who have been diagnosed with a moderately-severe to profound hearing loss who are in pursuit of a spoken language outcome for their child. Awards are intended to assist with expenses such as hearing technology, auditory support services, speech-language therapy, tuition, etc. Families should be committed to a listening and spoken language outcome for their child or children with hearing loss. This program is for individuals only; organizations are not eligible to apply. Awards are made once a year.
The 2016 application is open and has a deadline of October 14, 2016; please check back at that time for more information about and an application for the 2016 program.
Parent & Infant Financial Aid Program Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- The child's fourth birthday must be after December 31, 2016.
- The child must have a documented bilateral hearing loss or auditory neuropathy.
- Note: Children with unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss or unilateral auditory neuropathy do not qualify.
- The child’s hearing loss must be within the moderate to profound range. This means that the child must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 55dB or greater in the better hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000 and 4000* Children with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement.
*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 of 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 or greater.
- Parents must be committed to and pursuing a listening and spoken language outcome for the child.
- The child and family 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 grant funds.
NOTE: While membership in AG Bell is not required; preference may be given to AG Bell members.
Application Packet and Deadline (The application links will be added once the period opens)
Application – PDF (print and complete by hand)
Application – Writable PDF (open and complete on computer, then save, print and sign)
The deadline for applications is October 14, 2016. All materials MUST ARRIVE together in one package at the address below by 5:00 p.m. EST on October 14, 2016. No supporting materials will be accepted separately from the application.
Send application package to:
Alexander Graham Bell Association
Parent and Infant Financial Aid
3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, DC 20007
- We are not able to confirm receipt upon delivery. If you would like to know whether or not your application was received, you may choose to send your application using a service that can confirm delivery – please do not require a signature as this can delay delivery. AG Bell does not accept responsibility nor make exceptions for any delays or delivery errors on the part of delivery services including delays due to the requirement of a signature. To ensure timely delivery, applicants are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the deadline.
- Faxed applications are not accepted under any circumstances.
- Late and incomplete applications are not considered under any circumstances.
- Applications are not returned for any reason.
Please do not contact AG Bell seeking an exception to these policies.
We do not confirm receipt of an application upon delivery. Once the application has been reviewed for eligibility and completeness, we will send an e-mail to let the applicant know if we could not consider their application because items were missing. Once the selection committee has conducted its review, AG Bell will send an e-mail to each applicant advising them of the committee’s decision. Award checks will be distributed within three to four weeks after that notice has been sent. Please note that all communications are via e-mail; if you do not provide an e-mail address, you will not receive notifications from AG Bell.
All decisions of the selection committee are final, and all applications will be destroyed following the distribution of awards.
Do You Have Questions?
Please see the FAQs about AG Bell's Financial Aid Programs. If you still have a question or would like clarification, please send us an email. Responses may take up to three business days, so please plan accordingly when submitting your email.