FAQ

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Who can apply for financial aid?

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We encourage anyone who feels they may not be able to afford the cost of attending St. Patrick’s to apply for financial aid. Financial aid is allocated on the basis of need as determined by our Admission & Financial Aid Office and Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS).

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Will my application for financial aid affect the admission decision for my child?

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No, the St. Patrick’s Admission Committee does not know who has applied for financial aid. St. Patrick's strives to provide financial aid grants to all qualified applicants for admission. In some cases, however, a qualified applicant may be offered admission along with a space in our financial aid wait-pool.

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What factors determine whether or not a family will receive financial aid?

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To ensure objectivity, St. Patrick's uses Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS) to evaluate applications. TADS uses a formula to calculate how much a family can contribute to their child’s independent school education. TADS’ formula is based on a family’s income, assets and liabilities, as well as factors including but not limited to family size, living expenses, and the number of children in tuition-charging schools.

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Is financial aid available for other programs and services beyond tuition?

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Yes. Financial assistance is available for tuition, activity fees, lunch, and extended day coverage. There is also financial aid available for tutoring, testing, and the annual Book Fair.

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Does St. Patrick’s require that families reapply for aid each year?

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Yes, families must reapply for financial aid each year. Grants are awarded for one year and are renewed upon evidence of continuing need.

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Can our family apply for financial aid if we only have one parent working? Will this affect our grant?

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The financial aid committee will add a full-time income for a parent who is able to work but not currently employed. If one parent is at home to care for a pre-school-aged child or an elderly parent, we will take that into consideration.

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How does the Financial Aid Committee process applications from separated or divorced parents?

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If a student’s parents are living separately, both custodial and non-custodial parents must complete individual financial aid applications and submit the required documentation to TADS. The Financial Aid Committee expects that both parents will contribute to the education of their child unless there is a legal agreement stating explicitly that a particular parent will bear no financial responsibility for education.

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If a parent remarries, must a new spouse be included on the financial aid application?

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Because we consider an entire family’s ability to pay tuition as part of its review process, new spouses must also submit financial information as part of the financial aid application process.

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What payment plans are available for tuition and fees for financial aid recipients?

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Families who are awarded financial aid grants are required to pay on a ten-month schedule with the first payment occurring in July.

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Our family has multiple children attending tuition-charging schools. How does that factor into our financial aid award at St. Patrick’s?

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Families applying for financial aid who have children at other institutions that offer financial aid (including but not limited to other primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities) are expected to apply at those other institutions as well.

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Is financial aid available for families who apply after the application deadline of January 15th?

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No, financial aid funds are allocated to families who apply before our application deadline. Late applicants who would like to be considered for financial aid should speak to admissions staff before submitting an application.

Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

As part of our mission of equity and inclusion, St. Patrick's is committed to providing the opportunity for students from various economic circumstances to attend the Day School. St. Patrick's offers only need-based financial aid to qualified students. There are no merit awards. In support of this goal, the Board of Trustees designates funds for the Financial Aid Program each year. In 2015-2016,  the school will provide approximately $2.2 million in grants to 19% of the student body.

Independent school education is an investment and a major financial commitment. St. Patrick's believes that all families applying for financial aid bear a responsibility to pay their children's tuition and additional educational costs to the best of their ability.

St. Patrick's strives to provide financial aid grants to all qualified applicants for admission. In some cases, however, a qualified applicant may be offered admission along with a space in our financial aid wait-pool. Grants are awarded to students in the financial aid wait-pool only as funds become available during the spring.

Financial Aid Process

To ensure objectivity, St. Patrick's uses Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS) to evaluate applications. Based on a family's financial information, TADS provides us with an estimated amount that your family can contribute towards educational expenses, which helps us make objective and fair financial aid decisions. To begin your financial aid application for the 2016-2017 enrollment year, follow the steps below:

 

Step 1 -

SUBMIT APPLICATION:
Currently enrolled families must submit the online financial aid application to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) by January 30, 2016.

Applicant families must submit the online financial aid application to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) by January 30, 2016.

Please download the application worksheet so that you may gather all necessary information prior to applying online.

Click here for worksheet:
Click here to apply at tads.com

To apply online go to www.tads.com or click here to begin your application:Click here to apply at tads.com

You only need to complete one application, even if you have several children applying to an individual school. You will set a user name and password so that you may save information and return to it at a later date before submitting it. From there select DC, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School. You can associate your application to other schools at the end of the online application. If you have questions about the TADS submission process, you may call TADS directly at 800-477-8237 for more information.

Step 2 -

MAIL, FAX, OR UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO TADS. 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (which should be submitted directly to TADS) are:

  • A copy of both parents' or guardians' 2015 1040 federal tax return with all schedules and W2’s.
  • If either parent or guardian is self-employed, a copy of the 2015 corporate tax return.
  • Supplemental Information Form which will be provided by TADS upon completion of the on-line application.

Currently enrolled families must submit the supporting documents directly to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) by February 20, 2016.  

Applicant families must submit the supporting documents directly to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) by January 30, 2016.

BY MAIL:

TADS
1201 Hawthorne Avenue, Suite 100
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

BY FAX: 612-548-3326

UPLOAD:www.tads.com/upload 

Please do not not send either the application or supporting documents to St. Patrick's.

Questions regarding the financial aid process may be directed to:

Sara Dickson
Director of Admission and Financial Aid
202-342-2831


 

 

 

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TADS
This online application will be available beginning on October 1, 2015.

Click here to apply at tads.com Financial assistance is available for tuition, activity fees, lunch, and extended day coverage. St. Patrick's offers a wide range of grants each year to families of various financial circumstances.

 

Financial Aid Timeline

TADS will begin accepting online applications: October 1, 2015

Financial aid application due to TADS:
Applicants deadline: January 30, 2016
Currently enrolled families deadline:
January 30, 2016

Supporting materials (IRS 1040, W-2) due to TADS:
Applicants deadline: January 30, 2016

Currently enrolled families deadline: February 20, 2016

Decision letters:

New applicants, with all materials filed: March 1, 2016
Currently enrolled families, with all materials filed: late March 2016