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Tuition & Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance Application Process

1. The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) must be completed by January 15.
a. Go to sssbynais.org/parents and click on the green “Complete Your PFS” button.
b. East Woods School’s code is 2950.
c. Assistance with the SSS website is available M-F 9:00-8:00 and Saturdays 9:00-4:00 by calling 800-344-8328.

2. Backup documentation and 2016 W2(s) must be submitted by April 15.
a. Required documents: 2015 W2(s); Form 1040 and all schedules; Business or Farm statement(s), if you own your own business.
b. Documents may be uploaded to the SSS website, emailed Laura Kang, or mailed to Laura Kang at school.

3. The Tuition Assistance Committee will inform families about grant decisions at the same time that enrollment contracts are issued in the end of February.

4. Signed enrollment contracts must be returned by March 18.

5. Enrollment contracts and backup documentation must be received before grants will be awarded. If contracts and documentation are not received by the designated due dates, the School reserves the right to allocate the grant funds to another family.


Tuition Assistance Frequently Asked Questions

Who receives tuition assistance?

East Woods School provides tuition assistance to families with students in the Lower and Upper Schools who have demonstrated financial need. Assistance is not available for ECC students.

Presently, about 30% of our students in Kindergarten through 8th grade receive grants of varying amounts. While the budget for tuition assistance is generous (about 11% of total expenses) and the School is able to meet the needs of many new families, it is not always possible to offer grants to all who apply. Students receiving tuition assistance must be in good academic standing and display good citizenship.

How much is granted?

The amount of each grant varies, based upon each family’s demonstrated financial need and within the confines of the school budget. Average grant amounts range between 40% and 60% of tuition. Tuition assistance is not available for students in the Early Childhood Center (Pre-Nursery, Nursery, and Pre-Kindergarten).

Who can apply for tuition assistance?

Parents of students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade who are unable to pay full tuition are welcome to apply for assistance. Wast Woods School believes the primary responsibility for financing a child’s independent education rests with the family, and expects parents to consider all available resources before requesting assistance. Both parents are considered a potential source of income and are responsible for educational expenses once all children are in school full-time.

How does a family apply?

East Woods School uses School and Students Services by NAIS (SSS) to process applications and help determine a family’s need. Parents must complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online at sssbynais.org/parents by January 15. Based upon the information submitted, SSS reports to the School an estimated amount that the family can contribute toward tuition. Supporting IRS documents must be submitted before grants are finalized.

How are grant decisions made?

All applications are reviewed in a name-blind (see “Confidential” below) process by the Tuition Assistance Committee, which consists of school administrators and a non-parent member of the Board. The Committee uses the report from SSS as a guideline in deciding the amount of each grant, while also staying within the confines of the available budget. All grants are made on an annual basis, and recipients must reapply for consideration each year. Grant amounts can change if a family’s circumstances change.

Is the process confidential?

The Tuition Assistance process is handled with the utmost confidentiality. The Head of School and the Director of Business Affairs are the only two individuals with access to the SSS reports. Financial information is presented to the Committee with names removed. The School also expects families who receive assistance to maintain confidentiality.

Are there payment plan options?

East Woods works with Tuition Management Systems, a company that partners with families and schools to help make an independent school education more affordable. For more information on this company, please click here.

For More Information

For more information please contact Head of School Laura Kang or 516-922-4400.

Tuition Assistance Policy

1. Tuition assistance is granted on the basis of financial need as demonstrated by the information submitted through SSS and in the backup documentation.
2. Grants will be for tuition only and will not include mandatory fees, after school activities, field trips, textbooks, educational testing (in addition to standardized tests administered as part of the academic program) or support, or other additional fees.
3. Grant amounts are based upon demonstrated financial need within the confines of the School’s budget. While individual amounts vary, average awards range between 40% and 60% of tuition.
4. Grants for new students will be determined after a student has been accepted.
5. Students receiving tuition assistance must be in good academic standing and display good citizenship.
6. All tuition assistance grants are awarded for one academic year. Renewal applications will be accepted if all other financial obligations to the School have been met.
7. All application deadlines must be honored (see above). Any applications received after January 15 will be considered if funds remain available.
8. East Woods School admits students of any race, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
9. Tuition assistance information will be kept in strictest confidence.
6. Students receiving tuition assistance must be in good academic standing and display good citizenship.
Tuition Schedule 2017-2018

Pre-Nursery (2 days) $5,600
Pre-Nursery (3 days) $8,300
Pre-Nursery (5 days) $12,700
Nursery (3 days) $9,600
Nursery (5 days) $15,500
Pre-Kindergarten $16,600
Kindergarten $23,000
First Grade $25,200
Second and Third Grade $26,500
Fourth Grade $26,700
Fifth Grade $28,900
Sixth through Eighth Grade $31,100