Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for 2019-2020:


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 for the 2020-2021 year must contact the business office by December 13, 2019, if they wish to be considered for aid for the following school year. Financial aid applications for returning students must be completed by February 21, 2020, to be eligible for consideration for the 2020-2021 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.

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 February 21, 2020 deadline in order for an award to be considered.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Families may submit the financial aid applications and supporting documents starting October 25, 2019. Submissions will not be accepted prior to October 25, 2019. 

Step 1 - Submit Application:

All families should submit their online financial aid applications to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS).

Complete an application by visiting

Please download the 2020 - 2021 Family Worksheet below to assist with completing your application.

Click to download application in English
Click to download application in Spanish

You need to complete only one application, even if you have more than one child applying to The Windward School.

The processing fee to apply for financial aid using the TADS system is $34.00 for a standard 1040 Tax Return and $53.00 if there are additional corporate, partnership, or trust tax documents (1120, 1120S or 1065).

If you are unable to complete your application online, forms are available from Erik Bennett, the Windward School Financial Aid Director. If you have questions about the TADS submission process, you may call TADS directly at 800-477-8237, or contact Erik Bennett at 914-949-6968 ex. 1271.

Step 2 – Submit Supporting Documentation

There are three ways to submit:
Mail, fax, or upload supporting documents to TADS. Returning families must mail, fax or upload supporting documents to TADS no later than February 21, 2020. Do not e-mail supporting documentation to The Windward School.

By Mail:
TADS Financial Aid Services
1201 Hawthorne Avenue, Suite 100
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403



All families must submit the following documents directly to TADS. Returning families must submit the following documents by February 21, 2020:

    • a copy of both parents' or guardians' 2019 1040 federal tax return with all schedules and W2’s,
    • a copy of both parents' or guardians' 2018 1040 federal tax return with all schedules and W2’s,
    • if either parent or guardian is self-employed, a copy of the 2019 and 2020 corporate tax return,
    • a Supplemental Information Form, which will be provided by TADS upon completion of the on-line application.

Application Deadline: Families may submit the financial aid applications and supporting documents starting October 25, 2019. The deadline for submitting the application and supporting materials to TADS for returning families is February 21, 2020 for returning families.

Questions regarding the financial aid process may be directed to:

Erik Bennett
Financial Aid Director
(914) 949-6968, ext. 1271

All information related to the parents’ financial circumstances will be treated
confidentially. These forms will only be used to arrive at a
fair determination of financial need.


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.

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 21, 2020.

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.

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 25, 2019, with a deadline of February 21, 2020. 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 21, 2020 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 Director, at
(914) 949-6968 ext. 1271 or email