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Erik Bennett

Erik Bennett
Financial Aid Coordinator

ext. 1271

IMPORTANT DATES

FA Applications Accepted Beginning on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.

 

Returning Students
Applications Deadline:
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

 

 

Financial Aid at The Windward School

2018 - 2019 Academic Year

The Windward School makes every effort to ensure that every student who wishes to enroll has the financial ability to do so. Therefore, Windward offers a limited amount of financial aid to qualified applicants based on the individual needs of the families and availability of funding.


Families of returning students must contact the business office by Friday, December 15, 2017, if they wish to be considered for aid for the following school year. Financial aid applications for returning students must be completed by Friday, February 23, 2018, to be eligible for consideration for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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      How is financial aid awarded?

Who may apply for financial aid?

Does applying for financial aid influence the admission decision?

How do I apply for financial aid?

Do I have to apply for financial aid before I know my child has been admitted?

How is financial need determined?

Is financial aid automatically renewed each year?

What happens if the parents are divorced or separated?

What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

My spouse does not work. How will that affect my financial aid award?

I never do my taxes until close to the April 15 deadline. How will this affect my financial aid award?

When will I be notified of my award?

Is it possible to appeal the financial aid allocation?

Can I deduct tuition paid to The Windward School on my taxes?

 


 

  • How is financial aid awarded?

The Windward School uses Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS), which assists independent schools in determining a family’s financial need. The report detailed by TADS is reviewed by our Financial Aid Committee as a guideline in making financial aid decisions, but the report computed by TADS does not bind The Windward School to any specific award. 

  • Who may apply for financial aid?

Any family that has applied for admission may apply for financial aid.

  • Does applying for financial aid influence the admission decision?

No. Financial aid files are reviewed, and awards are made only after a student is admitted. If a student is neither admitted nor placed on the waitlist, the financial aid file is shredded and destroyed. Financial aid requests by returning families must be made by the Friday, February 23, 2018 deadline in order for an award to be considered.

  • How do I apply for financial aid?

Click here to learn how to apply for financial aid.

  • Do I have to apply for financial aid before I know my child has been admitted?

Yes. All applications for financial aid must be started while the child is completing or near the completion of the admissions process.

 

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  • How is financial need determined?

Financial need is defined as the difference between what it costs to attend The Windward School and a family’s ability to pay. The TADS Financial Aid Reporting system provides the School with a general assessment of a family’s ability to pay for education. Major factors in determining financial need include, but are not limited to, income, assets (including home equity, college funds, and investments), family size, and the number of children attending tuition-charging institutions, excluding daycare, preschool and graduate school.

  • Is financial aid automatically renewed each year?

No. The Windward School requires families receiving financial aid to reapply each year. Changes in factors such as income, family status, and the number of children attending private institutions may increase or decrease an award. Every application is reviewed annually.  All returning families who have received financial aid the previous year must have the application completed by Friday, February 23, 2018.

  • What happens if the parents/guardians are divorced or separated?

The Windward School believes that families have an obligation to pay for the educational expenses of their children to the extent that they are able. The Financial Aid Committee will consider the assets of custodial parent(s)/guardian(s), if living, before making any award, and cannot be bound by the assertion that one parent/guardian has disclaimed, legally or otherwise, any responsibility for educational expenses. If either parent/guardian has remarried, the committee will also consider the income and assets of the stepparent, as well.

Both custodial and non-custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) and their current spouses, if any, must fill out a separate TADS Financial Aid application form. If this information is not provided, the committee will not be able to consider the application for financial aid.

 

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  • What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

The Windward School asks that custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) file the TADS application as early as possible after October 27, 2017, with a deadline of Friday, February 23, 2018. No financial aid award will be made until a student has been admitted into the school and all necessary documentation has been received by TADS.

  •  My spouse does not work. How will that affect my financial aid award?

Since it is our belief that families bear the primary responsibility for financing the education of their children, it is our policy to expect both parents/guardians to contribute financially. There are circumstances such as caring for a disabled or elderly parent, or a preschool child that might exempt a family from this policy. Each application is evaluated individually.

  • I never do my taxes until close to the April 15 deadline. How will this affect my financial aid award?

You will need to complete your taxes early enough to meet the February 23, 2018 deadline in order to be considered for a financial aid award. However, you may complete the application form using “estimated” information for the current year.

  • When will I be notified of my award?

Families will be notified as the committee reviews the files. The process usually extends from the middle of April through the middle of June.

  • Is it possible to appeal the financial aid allocation?

Yes. To do so, please write to the Financial Aid Committee explaining your appeal. Include any information that will help the committee to better understand your situation, such as a detailed list of monthly expenses or any information that you feel may be beneficial for the committee to know.

  • Can I deduct tuition paid to The Windward School on my taxes?

Payments made for the special education provided at The Windward School may be deductible medical care expenses under the Internal Revenue Code. While ordinary education is not medical care, the cost of medical care may, under certain circumstances, include the cost of attending a special school for an individual with a disability if his or her condition is such that the resources of the institution for alleviating such disability are a principal reason for his or her presence there. 

Whether tuition expenses for Windward will be deductible in a particular case will depend upon the facts and circumstances of each individual student’s situation. There are also percentage limitations applicable to otherwise deductible medical expenses, depending on the parent’s adjusted gross income. Therefore, before claiming a tax deduction for expensesrelating to the special education of a student, we highly recommend that you consult with a tax lawyer or accountant about whether your payments to Windward may qualify for medical expense tax deduction

For further assistance, please contact
Mr. Erik Bennett, Financial Aid Coordinator at

(914) 949-6968 ext. 1271 or email ebennett@thewindwardschool.org.

 

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Locations

Westchester Lower School      13 Windward Avenue 
                                                White Plains, NY 10605
Westchester Middle School      40 West Red Oak Lane 
                                                White Plains, NY 10604
Manhattan Lower and               212 East 93rd Street 
Middle Schools                         New York, NY 10128