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Scholarship and Financial Aid Criteria
LearnUp Center’s One-for-One giving model

LearnUp Centers’ one-for-one model: for every paying student, LearnUp provides a scholarship for a deserving child. Unlike other one-for-one giving programs, we are not simply giving away a product. Instead, we are teaching reading skills that last a lifetime.  We also have generous investors who believe that teaching a child to read can transform her life.  Because of their generosity, LearnUp Centers can offer scholarships to low-income struggling readers and their families. The scholarships are available on a sliding scale.If your family needs financial support so that your child can enroll in a LearnUp Centers program, please read through the criteria below. Contact staff to discuss your situation or to learn more about the program.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Application Questions LearnUp’s Agreement with Scholarship Families

The applying student/family:has a financial need for scholarship support.needs reading or reading comprehension support.is able to attend tutoring in person every day (Monday – Friday) at the designated time.
The parents agree to submit a down payment to be used for partial payment for any missed sessions.
Parents agree to make sure the student:

  • is present every day, on time. (LearnUp reserves the right to charge a fee to cover the costs for missed classes).
  • is able to attend tutoring sessions on-site (or online) at LearnUp Centers.
  • is able to give 100% effort on a daily basis. Students with ongoing motivation or effort issues may not be eligible for ongoing scholarship support.
  • is willing to give permission LearnUp Centers to use their child’s images, videos, and story for research, outreach, and marketing purposes.
  • agrees to become a champion of LearnUp and to helping LearnUp spread the word about its programs and support LearnUp’s efforts to secure support for LearnUp scholarships.

LearnUp’s Agreement with Scholarship Students

  • LeanUp Centers will provide a tutor, reading program, and all materials.
  • LearnUp will be able to use the student’s story, audio, video, and images of the student in its outreach and marketing materials.
  • LearnUp scholarships are bound by the amount of funding it has for scholarships.
  • The family is limited to the number of sessions in the agreement, which may not equal the full number of sessions recommended by LearnUp. When possible, LearnUp will extend scholarships as available and agreed upon.

LearnUp scholarships are on a sliding scale and are based on family need and the availability of scholarship funds. Families can demonstrate their need by answering the following questions. To be considered for financial aid, please fill out the application by clicking the button below. Please review our mutually agreed upon expectations outlined above prior to filling out the financial aid application.

Have questions or need a clarification? Talk to Steve Hagler (learntoread@learnupcenters.org/(415) 944-7323).

Here are the questions we ask in the application.
  • ‍How many people are in your household, including your child?
  • What is the total annual income for the household (sum all sources, including wages, government benefits, child support, etc)
  • What is the family’s annual income? Please break out by income earner.
  • Has anyone in the household received means tested federal benefits in the last 12 months (medicaid, free/reduced priced lunch, SNAP, etc.).
  • What is your average monthly household expenditure? (include rent/mortgage, vehicle payments, living expenses, medical, etc.)
  • Do you rent or own your home?
  • Indicate number of vehicles in your household, and make & model of each vehicle.
  • If relevant, where did the family go on vacation in the last 12 months?
  • Does your child (or any other children in your household) currently receive financial aid for any non-public education or programs besides Learnup? If you answer yes to the above question, please describe the program and the amount of financial aid.
  • Please provide any additional details you would like to share on current major expenses or debt (i.e. medical, education, family support, etc.)
  • How much do you think your family can reasonably pay per session of tutoring at LearnUp?
  • Is the family willing to offer a modest deposit to cover the costs of tutoring if the student misses a session without appropriate advanced notice as described in the LearnUp Centers agreement?
  • Is the family willing and able to help fundraise for their child and pay it forward for other deserving children?
  • Why have you reached out to LearnUp for reading tutoring for your child? What are your expectations once your child completes the program?

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