Austin Trinity

An independent K-8 Episcopal day school five miles from the heart of Austin

 

Financial Assistance 


Extending a Helping Hand

If you're considering financial assistance, you are not alone! About 15% of our families received financial assistance for the 2018-2019 school year. One of our core values is diversity and inclusion, and we believe socio-economic diversity enriches the educational experience for everyone. Participation of a wide range of students and families is critical to our school's health.


How to Apply

Visit sssbynais.org/parents to create an account and begin your Parents Financial Statement (PFS) online. Our school code is 2204. Are you a returning financial assistance applicant? Simply log in to the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year.

 

PFS Code
Trinity Episcopal School

2204

 

Deadlines for 2019-2020 Academic Year

Financial Assistance Application Steps

Deadlines

Submit Parents' Financial Statement and upload your 2017 tax return, including accompanying schedules. If you own a business or farm, please submit related tax returns and earnings information.

January 31, 2019

Submit copies of 2018 W-2 forms, 1099s, or other earnings information.

February 8, 2019

Submit complete 2018 tax return, including all schedules. If you own a business or farm, please submit related tax returns and earnings information.

April 15, 2019


Financial Assistance FAQs

How is the financial assistance package determined?

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 we have special circumstances that we feel Trinity’s financial assistance committee should take into consideration?

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 Parents Financial Statement?

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?

Trinity’s admissions policy is need-blind; 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.

Is my family’s income too high to qualify?

You are encouraged to apply. Trinity is dedicated to creating a community with a wide range of economic representation, middle-income families included. 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 actual 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.

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