Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who may apply for financial aid?
A. Anyone may apply for aid. If you feel you cannot afford the Westerly School tuition, you should complete the financial aid application forms. Financial aid is based solely on demonstrated need. Applying for aid, however, does not guarantee a grant will be offered.
Q. How and when do I apply for financial aid?
A. Financial Aid application forms are available online. To apply for financial aid, parents must complete a Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) online http://sss.nais.org or mail it, along with the appropriate fee, to SSS in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, copies of past 1040 Tax Forms including W-2 forms and Westerly's Supplemental form must be uploaded to the SSS website as well. PFS forms should be submitted to SSS by the financial aid deadline in mid February.
Q. What if I am separated or divorced?
A. In the case of parents who are separated, divorced, or have never been married, both natural parents must file statements. PFS forms should be submitted to SSS as early in January as possible in order to meet the Westerly School priority deadline of January 23. After January 23, applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis as the Financial Aid budget allows. It is the school's policy to consider the resources of a step-parent in making an award.
Q. Is there a minimum or maximum income a family must have in order to be
considered for financial aid?
A. No. Net income is not the only factor used in making financial aid decisions. Assets, debts, and number of dependents are among the various factors that Westerly School considers, and these factors may have an influence on a financial aid decision.