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Preschool-Age Financial Aid

PRESCHOOL-AGE FINANCIAL AID—2020 APPLICATION


 

The Preschool-Age Financial Aid program was established to provide financial aid to families of preschool-age children who have been diagnosed with a moderate to profound hearing loss and who are focused on ensuring their child can learn to hear and talk. Every family has different needs, so awards can be used for auditory support services, speech-language therapy, preschool tuition, etc. Families who apply must be committed to a listening and spoken language approach for their child’s education.

 

These awards are made once each year. Families can apply each year as long as their child is eligible. Award amounts vary; over the past three years, awards have ranged from $250 to $2,000.

 



 

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.

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 three 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. 

 *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. 

 

  • Listening and Spoken Language must be the child’s primary mode of communication. 
  • The child’s fourth birthday must be or have been before December 31, 2020 and the child must not yet be entering the first grade in the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • The child (and primary contact) 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: All applicants for Preschool Financial Aid will receive membership in AG Bell free of cost. 


Application Submission Instructions 

There are two ways to submit an application. You can submit your application through email or by regular mail. Either way, please use this as a checklist to be sure that your application is complete.

Be sure to download the application and save it before you begin. Once you complete the application, save it again. Be sure that all pages of the application are complete. 

All applications must have these attachments:
  • Application, with pages in order. Every page of the application must be completed and page four 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 a 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.
    Please Note: Applications that do not provide an audiogram or CI programming report will not be considered for an award; we cannot accept a narrative audiological report. Your audiologist can help if you have a question about what an audiogram or programming report is.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation, each from different professionals who are familiar with your child. These should be from a therapeutic, educational or hearing health professional, such as a speech-language pathologist, listening and spoken language specialist (LSLS), early interventionist, early childhood special educator, teacher of the deaf, preschool teacher, etc. Each letter should be a maximum of two pages and single-sided. 
    Please Note: These must be formal letters of recommendation typed on letterhead and signed; e-mail messages, meeting reports, reports or report cards, or evaluation notes are not acceptable. 
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation from a non-relative who is familiar with the family’s financial need (maximum of two pages, single-sided and signed). 
    NOTE: Three separate letters of recommendation from three different individuals are required for your application to be considered for an award.

If you are submitting by email: Please scan all the pages into one pdf document and send to FinancialAid@agbell.org.

If you are submitting by regular mail: All pages must be single-sided. Please remove all staples from the application. The paper application should be submitted flat (NOT folded) in a 9"x12" envelope. Please do not staple pages together. Mail your application to:

AG Bell – Preschool-Age Financial Aid
3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, DC 20007


Application Deadline 
 
The deadline for applications is before 5:00pm EST on July 31, 2020. All materials must arrive together in one package. If you send your application by e-mail, it must be one pdf document in the correct order sent to financialaid@agbell.org.  
 
Because we receive so many applications, we cannot guarantee that we can confirm receipt of yours. If you prefer, you may choose to send your application by e-mail and Request Delivery Receipt or use a service that can confirm delivery (US Postal Service certified or express mail, Federal Express, DHL, UPS, etc.). Please do not require a signature as this may delay delivery. AG Bell does not accept responsibility and will not make exceptions for any delays or delivery errors on the part of delivery services including delays due to the requirement of a signature. We encourage you to submit your application 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. 
 
Administrative Process 
 
Once applications have been reviewed for eligibility and completeness, all eligible and complete applications will be submitted to the selection committee. Once the committee has made its decisions, email notices will be sent to all applicants to tell you the committee's decisino. We use email to tell you the results, so please be sure to include an e-mail address to receive correspondence.

Award checks will be mailed to all awardees to the postal address on their application approximately six to eight weeks after notification.
 
Have Questions or Need Clarification?  
Please send an email to: financialaid@agbell.org Response time may take several business days, so don't wait too long to ask 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

info@agbell.org

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.