Westerly School values building a student body that reflects the true diversity of our community at large. We believe our school is made stronger by welcoming students from a broad mix of economic, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. As such, we set aside a percentage of our operating budget every year to help bridge the gap between the cost of a Westerly education and what outstanding students within our local community can reasonably afford.

             

Application for admission to Westerly School should not be discouraged simply because of financial affordability! We do our absolute best to welcome as many outstanding students as possible, despite their financial need.

Eligibility

Upon application for need-based support, Westerly's financial assistance committee determines each family's need by analyzing and assessing individual financial profiles. We use the School and Student Services (SSS) program (made available through the National Association of Independent Schools) to assist us.

How to apply for Financial Assistance

Begin the process by completing the Parent's Financial Statement (PFS) through the School and Student Services (SSS) program for the 2017-2018 school year. The fee to complete this application is $47. The SSS program will determine if you qualify for the fee to be waived at the time of submittal.   

Please note, the PFS is a comprehensive application. It will take a significant portion of time to complete so do not wait until the deadline to begin.

Step 1: Click here for PFS Instructions; then go to www.sssbynais.org/parents.

Step 2: Click on the green "Complete your PFS" button.

Step 3: Create a new account.

Step 4: Begin a PFS application for the desired school year.

Step 5: Upload the required supporting documents under the tab "Manage Documents" (Tax Documents: W2 and 1040 (or a 1099).

Parents residing in two separate households must both complete a PFS to be considered. Please keep in mind that applications will not be considered complete until the required documents are submitted to SSS.

Determination of Awards

The PFS does not decide whether financial assistance will be awarded (or the amount); rather, PFS analyzes the information provided by each applicant, and a small committee of Westerly administrators makes the decisions. Westerly will use the information from the PFS as a starting point when making a determination of financial assistance awards, but school policy, practices, and available budget will also determine our total award outcome. Every family's personal and financial information is kept strictly confidential. Please keep in mind that anyone is able to apply for financial assistance; however, you must qualify to receive it. Furthermore, not all requests can be granted.

Please know that the submission of an application for financial assistance has no bearing upon the deliberations of the Admission Committee or the assessment of an applicant's potential as a Westerly School student. Financial assistance awards are made independently of admission decisions, but on a parallel timeline.

Questions? Contact Jessica Ngo at jngo@westerlyschool.org or 562-981-3151.

             

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