The International School strives to make our program accessible to as many children as possible. To this end, nearly 20% of students receive financial assistance each year – significantly more than the national average.
Financial aid grants are awarded based on financial need. To apply for financial aid, a family must complete a Grant & Aid Application, which is filed through a third-party aid assessment service called FACTS. Families must re-apply for every year that they wish to be considered for aid. The school gives priority for financial aid to its returning students.
FACTS processes the application and estimates the amount a family can invest toward the cost of tuition. The school’s financial aid budget is limited, so every family is still expected to make a substantial contribution toward the cost of tuition. Need-based financial aid is available to students in all grades. The school does allocate a greater portion of the budget to students in kindergarten through 5th grade and families may find that their aid rises as their child moves from pre-school to kindergarten.
Any family currently receiving financial aid will automatically receive application deadlines and other relevant information for the following academic year. Families not currently receiving financial aid should contact the Admissions Office no later than January 15 for returning families and March 1 for families that are new to the school to ensure they receive updated application information. The application deadline is in February for current families and March for new families. Families who complete their financial aid applications by the deadlines generally receive award notification along with their enrollment contracts.
Applications received after the deadlines will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Any applications received after the budget is exhausted will be put on a financial aid waitlist. Families occasionally turn down their financial aid awards, and that money may be available to other students.
Please note: The International School cannot review financial aid applications before the deadlines. All applications submitted by the deadlines will be evaluated together. Please also note that the financial aid application is year specific. If the form for the incorrect year is used, the Financial Aid Committee may be unaware that a family has applied for aid.
For a better understanding of financial aid at independent schools, click here for the free report “Understanding Private School Financial Aid: What it is & How to Apply”, by the National Association of Independent Schools – of which TIS is a member.
Click here for more information about different ways to pay tuition including credit card options.