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Does my family qualify for sliding scale tuition?

Sliding Scale Tuition Grants are awarded to families according to their level of need as determined by the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Program and La Scuola’s Tuition Committee.

Will we receive sliding scale tuition if our family qualifies?

Not necessarily. We try to accommodate as many requests as possible, but because our budget is limited, we cannot guarantee a sliding scale tuition award. Continuing students get priority over new students for sliding scale tuition. Families who apply later than our deadline have a lower chance of receiving sliding scale tuition than families who have applied on time.

Does a family need to apply for sliding scale tuition each year?

Yes. sliding scale tuition decisions apply only to the year for which an application and supporting documentation are submitted to FAST. When there are dramatic changes in a family’s financial situation due to a significant set back, we will do what we can to make it possible for the child to remain at La Scuola. At the same time, we expect a family in this situation to make other adjustments to their family expenditures, in addition to seeking sliding scale tuition to help cover the cost of tuition. Likewise, when a family’s situation improves, La Scuola reserves the right to adjust the sliding scale tuition award to reflect the positive gain. The cost of tuition increases is shared between the School and the family.

We did not apply for sliding scale tuition when we first applied for Kindergarten. Can we apply for sliding scale tuition the following year?

Families should apply for sliding scale tuition when they apply for admission to La Scuola. Current families who have not previously applied for sliding scale tuition will not be eligible to apply unless they demonstrate a significant change in the family’s financial situation.

Does a non-working parent affect the sliding scale tuition award?

La Scuola expects that parents are doing all they can to pay for tuition to the best of their ability. Therefore, unless there is an exception made, it is expected that both parents will be gainfully employed. If one or both parents are not employed, a salary will be imputed for the non working parent(s).

Are non-custodial parents responsible for a child’s tuition as well?

La Scuola considers the custodial parent (married, divorced or separated), step-parent, non-custodial parent, domestic partner, life partner and legal guardian responsible for a child’s tuition. If the adult is not included in the joint income tax return, a separate FAST application is required.

For students of divorced parents, are both parents required to apply?

For students of divorced or separated parents, a FAST application and supporting documents are required of both parents regardless of custody or financial responsibility.

If multiple children attend tuition charging schools, is it expected that the family will apply for sliding scale tuition at all schools?

Yes. If multiple children attend tuition-charging schools or colleges, it is expected that the family will be applying for sliding scale tuition at all schools. La Scuola should not be expected to subsidize tuition at other schools or colleges.