Instructions for CJP Discover Day School Check Application
 

NOTE: Prior to completing the application, please be sure to use the Eligibility Calculator on the home page to determine whether you are likely eligible for a CJP Discover Day School Check. If you received a positive response on the calculator, please proceed to complete the application. We encourage you to file your application early, as it will be processed in the order received. Applications must be postmarked by March 29, 2018 to assure the availability of your CJP Discover Day School Check. Pending available funds, a waitlist will be created for applications submitted after March 29, 2018. Application materials will be held in strict confidence. See Privacy policy for more details.

To apply:

  • Complete the Application: For optimal use, right-click on the following appropriate application and choose “Save Link As” to save the fillable application to your computer. 
  • We do not recommend completing the application online, as no information will be captured or saved. You will need to know your family’s 2017 Adjusted Gross Income as is/will be reported on your 2017 IRS Form 1040. The application should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. There are 2 options for completing the application form:
    • Save the application form to your computer and fill out the application electronically
    • Print a blank application form and complete by hand

 

You may email your application to: discoverdayschool@cjp.org by March 29, 2018 or send it to:

Discover Day School
c/o Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Kraft Family Building
126 High Street, 
Boston, MA 02110


Remember to keep a copy for your records.
 

  • Provide documentation of Adjusted Gross Income: Include a copy of final 2017 IRS Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ (pages 1 and 2 only) signed by parents/guardians. Do not include schedules or Massachusetts state returns. You may initially provide a copy of your filed 2016 IRS Form 1040 (last year’s filing) for a preliminary eligibility determination, but reimbursement of a final Discover Day School Check by CJP is dependent upon receipt of a copy of your filed 2017 IRS Form 1040 by no later than May 4, 2018. If parents file taxes separately please include both tax forms. Please see FAQ for instructions when parents are divorced or separated.
  • Provide information regarding standard “Jewish deductions”: We ask that you fill out all relevant information on the application for program evaluation purposes, even if you are not claiming deductions. Please provide:
    • For synagogue membership, on the application please include the name of your synagogue, havurah or independent minyan where you pay dues.
    • For Jewish preschool tuition, on the application please include the name of the preschool where the applicant’s younger siblings are expected to attend in 2018-19.
    • For Gateways tuition for your applicant student in 2018-19, please include a letter from Gateways confirming this expected tuition. See FAQ for more details.
    • For “tuition deduction” for other siblings starting Jewish day school for the first time in fall of 2018, please provide the name(s) of the Jewish day schools where the sibling(s) will attend.


CJP reserves the right to verify your tax filing and any of the standard “Jewish deductions” claimed. The application should be postmarked by March 29, 2018 and sent to:
 

Discover Day School
c/o Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Kraft Family Building
126 High Street
Boston, MA 02110 


You may also email your application documents to: discoverdayschool@cjp.org by March 29, 2018

Confirmation of delivery will be emailed to you by CJP.


Important reminders:
 

  • ​CJP Discover Day School Checks are valued at 25%, up to $6,000, of the tuition (excluding fees). Please check with your day school(s) of choice for the specific tuition to determine the value of your CJP Discover Day School Check. Note that some schools have implemented additional cost saving programs designated to dovetail with the Discover Day School program. Please check individual school websites for more details, or speak with an Admissions Officer at the school(s) you are considering. For links to all of the day school websites, please see www.DiscoverDaySchool.org/OurSchools.
  • Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for more financial assistance than the value of your CJP Discover Day School Check, and we encourage families to inquire at their day school of choice. Day schools generally notify families of acceptances and financial assistance decisions in mid-March to early April and require Signed Intentions to Enroll (agreements/contracts/deposit) for incoming students by in April. CJP Discover Day School Checks are valid through April 16, 2018 and must be submitted to your school of choice by that date. When you submit your Signed Intention, you will need to choose between accepting financial assistance provided by a school or using a CJP Discover Day School Check. (If a school has a pre-approved additional cost saving program designated to dovetail with the Discover Day School program, families may receive both the CJP Discover Day School check and school-based cost savings. CJP will reimburse the schools directly for the covered tuition.
  • IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER :
    • March 29, 2018: Application must be postmarked to guarantee availability
    • April 16, 2018: Discover Day School Check must be submitted to school of choice
    • May 4, 2018: Reimbursement of a final Discover Day School Check is dependent upon receipt of a copy of your filed 2015 IRS Form 1040 no later than May 4, 2018.

Please see www.DiscoverDaySchool.org/faq page for detailed instructions. If you have further questions, please contact the business office of your day school or email discoverdayschool@cjp.org. CJP’s Discover Day School Program is a pilot program. In order to continue to provide and expand this benefit to the community in future years, we ask that you help us understand the impact of the program by responding fully to the application questions and participating in future requests for feedback.