Financial Aid at The Windward School
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 Financial Aid Coordinator by Friday, December 16, 2016 if they wish to be considered for aid for the following school year. Returning families to The Windward School must complete their applications by Friday, February 24, 2017 to be eligible for consideration for the following school year.
Frequently Asked Questions
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. Because the financial aid budget is limited, the School may not be able to offer each applicant an award. On a year-by-year basis, the Financial Aid Committee weighs the needs of applicants and endeavors to distribute the existing budget as fairly and effectively as possible.
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. However, financial aid requests by returning Windward families must be made by the Friday, February 24, 2017 deadline in order for an award to be considered. If a student is neither admitted nor placed on the wait list, the financial aid file is shredded and destroyed.
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 returning Windward families must file an application for financial aid by Friday, February 24, 2017.
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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.
What happens if the parents are divorced or separated?
The Windward School believes that parents 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 both natural parents, if living, before making any award, and cannot be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed, legally or otherwise, any responsibility for educational expenses. If either parent has remarried, the committee will also consider the income and assets of the stepparent, as well.
Both natural parents 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 parents file the TADS application as early as possible after October 28, 2016 with a deadline of Friday, February 24, 2017. 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 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 24 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 until the end of May.
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.
For further assistance, please contact
Mr. Erik Bennett, Financial Aid Coordinator at
(914) 949-6968 ext. 1271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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