Financial Assistance

A Helping Hand

About 15% of our families received financial assistance last school year. We believe socioeconomic diversity enriches the educational experience for everyone. Participation of a wide range of students and families is critical to our school's health.
 

Eight grader and kindergartner hold hands


 

How to Apply for Financial Assistance

Visit the School & Student Services (SSS) website at sssbynais.org/parents. Create or login to your account and begin your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) online. Our school code is 2204. 

2204

School Code for Parents' Financial Statement
Trinity Episcopal School

Deadlines for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Financial Assistance Application Steps Deadline
Submit Parents' Financial Statement and upload your 2018 tax return, including accompanying schedules. If you own a business or farm, please submit related tax returns and earnings information. 1/31/2020
Submit copies of 2019 W-2 forms, 1099s or other earnings information. 2/8/2020
Submit complete 2019 tax return, including all schedules. If you own a business or farm, please submit related tax returns and earnings information. 4/15/2020

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the steps for qualifying?

Once SSS has received the PFS, they will use a standard calculation to make an assessment called the Report of Family Contribution. The RFC is the suggested dollar amount that a family is seen to have available to contribute toward the education of their child. Once computed, the RFC is sent to Trinity for review. The Trinity Financial Assistance Committee uses the RFC as a starting point from which to determine a financial assistance award. Financial assistance grants are awarded on the basis of a family's demonstrated need. Once Trinity has granted financial assistance, the school is committed to offering continued assistance, provided the family continues to demonstrate need.  

Awards are based on the number of qualified applicants, the family's calculated need and the funds available for financial assistance (which vary from year to year). Within the scope of these variables, Trinity is committed to offering assistance to as many qualified students as possible.

What if I have special circumstances that I want Trinity to consider?

Any special financial concerns should be documented in a letter and sent directly to the Trinity Admission Office.

If parents are divorced or no longer living together, who must file a PFS?

Each parent must file a PFS, regardless of custodial arrangements.

Does applying for financial assistance hurt my child’s chances of being admitted to Trinity?

Absolutely not. Our admissions policy is “need-blind,” meaning applicant decisions are made separately from financial-assistance decisions. A candidate seeking financial aid must meet all admission requirements prior to being considered for any aid. Financial assistance is awarded first to returning students. Remaining dollars are given to new students on a first-come, first-served basis. Families who apply for aid only after their child has been re-enrolled or accepted will be at a severe disadvantage. Strict adherence to deadlines is suggested.

What level of family income is too high to qualify?

We encourage you to apply, even if you think your income might be too high. Trinity is dedicated to creating a community with a wide range of economic representation. Family assets, the number of children in the family or in tuition-charging schools and many other factors will influence the likelihood of receiving aid and the size of the allocation.

Is financial assistance automatically renewed?

No. Parents requesting assistance must apply each year. A family furnishes information regarding their current financial circumstances each spring. The committee conducts a review and makes whatever adjustments are necessitated by changes of circumstances and tuition increases. Also, to be considered for continued assistance, students must contribute positively to the school community, maintain an acceptable academic standing and demonstrate positive social behavior.

How can I get help filling out the SSS forms?

First, you can call the SSS help line at 800.344.8328. Also, please do not hesitate to call the Trinity Admission Office at 512.472.9525.