School-Age Financial Aid Program—2019


About the Program

The School-Age Financial Aid program is for students with a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range who use listening and spoken language. Students must be entering grades one through twelve for the 2019-2020 school year at a parochial, independent or private mainstream school. Awards are intended to assist with educational costs such as tuition, books, equipment, room and board, 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 July for the upcoming school year. Award amounts vary; in 2018, awards ranged from $600 to $2,000.

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 must have been diagnosed before the child’s fourth birthday. Children with unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss or unilateral Auditory Neuropathy do not qualify.
  • The child’s hearing loss must be in the moderately-severe 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.
    *This may not apply for children who have been diagnosed with Auditory Neuropathy. For information on required documentation for AN, please see the “documentation” section on the next page.
    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 2019 in grades one through twelve in a mainstream parochial, independent or private elementary or secondary school. Please Note: Public school, home school & post-secondary students do not meet this criterion.
  • The parent(s)/guardian(s) and 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.

Application Submission Instructions:

Please use this as a checklist to help ensure that your application is complete

  • The application can be completed online as a writable pdf. Once you have completed the application, print and scan it, and scan the required attachments. Submit all pages together in one document via email to: [email protected].
  • If you choose to submit your application in paper form, all pages of the application and supporting materials should be submitted on 8½” x 11” paper (or Canadian equivalent).
  • All pages must be single-sided; information on the back of a page will not be transmitted to the committee.
  • Please remove all staples from the application.
  • The paper application should be submitted flat (NOT folded) in a 9”x12” envelope, held together with one paper clip.
  • Whether you submit your application by e-mail or on paper, the application and attachments must be in English and in the following order:
    • Application, with pages in order. Every page of the application must be completed and page six of the application must be signed.
    • Documentation of hearing loss.
    • For children who use hearing aids, an unaided audiogram performed within the last 12 months.
    • For children with a cochlear implant, please include the most recent programming report. If your child uses a cochlear implant and a hearing aid, only a CI programming report is required. In the absence of programming report, an audiogram will suffice.
    • For children who have been diagnosed with Auditory Neuropathy and who do not have a cochlear implant, please include the last two unaided audiograms (one must have been performed within the last 12 months) along with the report from the audiologist with the original AN diagnosis. If two audiograms are not available, please include a recent report from the audiologist with the current status of the AN along with recommendations.
    • Please Note: Applications that do not provide an audiogram or CI programming report will not be considered for an award; a narrative audiological report in lieu of one of these reports is not acceptable. If you have a question about what an audiogram or programming report is, please talk with your audiologist.
    • A letter of acceptance/enrollment from the child’s school along with documentation of tuition fees.

    Three separate letters of recommendation from three different individuals as follows:

    • Recommendation from a hearing health professional (maximum of two single-side pages). PLEASE NOTE: This is separate from the audiogram or programming report. An audiological report or evaluation is not considered a letter of recommendation.
    • Recommendation from a current AG Bell member (maximum of two single-sided pages). If you do not know an AG Bell member, you may provide a recommendation from a therapeutic or educational professional.
    • Recommendation from a non-relative who is familiar with the family’s financial need (maximum of two single-sided pages).

Please remove letters of recommendation from the envelopes in which you receive them, unfold them, and attach them to your application. Please do not include information that has not been requested; any such items will be separated from the application and destroyed.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is April 19, 2019. All materials MUST ARRIVE together in one package either via 

e-mail to [email protected] or by mail at the address below before 5:00 p.m. EST on April 19, 2019. 

No supporting materials will be accepted separately from the application.

Send Application Package to:

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



  • We are not able to confirm receipt of applications. If you would like confirmation that your application was delivered, you may choose to Request Delivery Receipt if you are submitting your application by e-mail, or 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 for any delays or delivery errors on the part of delivery services. To ensure timely delivery, applicants are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the deadline.
  • Faxed applications are not accepted.
  • 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 guidelines.


Administrative Process

Once an application is received, it is screened for eligibility and completeness. Following the application deadline, eligible applications are forwarded to the award selection committee for review; ineligible applications are discarded.

The selection process will take approximately 8 to 10 weeks. Once the selection of awards is made by the committee, notification will be emailed to all 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 July.

Do You Have Questions or Need Clarification?

Send an email with your question(s) to: [email protected]  Response time may be up to three business days, so please plan accordingly when submitting your questions.

Reach Us

Alexander Graham Bell Association
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: 202-337-5220
TTY: 202-337-5221
Fax: 202-337-8314

[email protected]

Our Mission

Working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk. 

We want all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed.