Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who may apply for financial assistance?
A. Anyone may apply for financial assistance. If you feel you cannot afford the Westerly School tuition, you should complete the financial assistance application forms. Financial assistance is based solely on demonstrated need. Applying for assistance, however, does not guarantee a grant will be offered.
Q. How and when do I apply for financial assistance?
A. Financial assistance application forms are available online. To apply for financial assistance, 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 the most recent W-2 forms must be uploaded to the SSS website as well. PFS forms should be submitted to SSS by the financial assistance 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 by the financial assistance deadline. After the deadline, applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis as the financial assistance 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 assistance?
A. No. Net income is not the only factor used in making financial assistance 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 assinstance decision.