Tuition Assistance

How to Apply

The FAST online Financial Aid Application process is self-guided. You may visit their site and navigate in and out of the program allowing you to save your work and complete the process as your are able. To get started visit: FAST Tuition Assistance

FAST provides a 24/7 helpline and answers questions by email, too. Please do not call the school with troubleshooting questions.

A non-refundable application fee of $43.00 must be paid to FAST by credit card to complete the online application. If you do not have a credit card, please contact Aimee Weil, Director of Finance & Operations to complete the process.

Required Documents

In addition to the online application, you will be required to mail or upload the following forms directly to FAST for secure processing:

  1. 2017 tax returns (Federal, State and Business) including all tax schedules
  2. 2018 W-2(s)
  3. Final 2018 pay stub(s)

Mail these documents to:

FAST Processing/ISM
1316 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806-2594
RE: St. Anne's Episcopal School

Please write the school’s name on the outside of the envelope to ensure faster processing of your application.

Deadlines

  • January 1, 2019 -  All financial aid applications are due.
  • January 5, 2019 -  2017 tax returns and supporting documentation along with final 2018 paystub(s) are due.
  • February 15, 2019  - 2018  W-2  are due
  • In late February, St. Anne’s will begin notifying applicants who have met the deadlines above.
  • Applications  submitted after January:  
    They will be processed in the order received based on available funding.  Delays in meeting these deadlines may affect the availability of funds.

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FAQ'S

Q. Who is eligible to apply for financial aid?

A.    Any student seeking admission at St. Anne's Episcopal School from Kindergarten through grade 8.  In general, families applying for Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten are not awarded tuition assistance because they are eligible for the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.

Q. How do I know if I should apply for financial assistance?

A.    Each family's financial situation is unique and therefore, all families are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance if they anticipate that the cost of attending St. Anne's will exceed their family's ability to cover the tuition. There are many factors affecting a family's ability to fund the cost of a St. Anne's education and a specific family income threshold that would preclude a family from qualifying for financial aid cannot be provided. We encourage you to contact our Admissions or Business office to learn more.

Q. What does the financial aid award cover?

A.    Tuition assistance awards cover tuition fees only; they do not cover lunch fees or textbook fees.  However, extended care and transportation expense are taken into consideration during the financial aid application review process.

Q. Does every family that qualifies for a need-based financial aid receive an award?

A.    Although St. Anne's tutition assistance is a robust program, it is extremely important that applicants meet the filing deadlines.  Not meeting the application deadlines could result in a family receiving a lower award than its demonstrated need.

Q. What process is followed to determine eligibility for financial aid?

A.    While the availability of the school's resources, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints influence financial assistance decisions, St. Anne's is committed to making grants available to as many eligible applicants as possible. In an effort to make the process fair to all, St. Anne's partners with the online service of Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) to process financial aid applications. FAST provides our school with a need-based financial analysis service which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition.

The school also considers the following factors when making award decisions:

  • The primary responsibility for financing a student's education rests with the family.

  • Both parents are expected to contribute to tuition. For non-working parents whose children are enrolled in school, St. Anne's imputes an annual income for the non-working parent.

  • Committee members differentiate between necessary and lifestyle expenses that could otherwise be used to offset the cost of tuition.

  • Financial aid is granted on a yearly basis and renewal is not automatic.

Q. What about divorced or separated parents?

A.    In the case of divorce or separation, St. Anne's requires both parents to file an application. The application fee covers both applications, and each application will be processed confidentially by FAST (see additional information on this subject matter in the User Guide available for download on the school's website). In specific situations however, members of the Financial Aid Committee recognize that this requirement may not be applicable. In these rare cases St. Anne's requires that the parent not submitting an application must instead complete a Waiver to Complete Financial Aid/Attestation Form.  Please contact the Chief Financial Officer or Admissions Director for more information.

Q. What is the application process?

A.    Follow these procedures:

  • From St. Anne's website visit: FAST Tuition Assistance Application

  • FAST’s application process is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program allowing you to partially complete an application, save your work, and complete the process as your are able. FAST provides a 24/7 helpline and answers questions by email, too. Please do not call the school with troubleshooting questions for their site and forms.

  • A non-refundable application fee of $43.00 must be paid to FAST by credit card to complete the online application.  If you do not have a credit card, please contact the Chief Financial Officer to complete the process.
  • In addition to the online application, you will be required to upload online OR mail the following forms directly to FAST for secure processing:
  1. 2017 tax returns (Federal, State and Business) including all tax schedules
  2. 2018 W-2(s)
  3. Final 2018 pay stub(s)

Please mail these documents to:

FAST Processing/ISM
1316 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806-2594
RE: St. Anne's Episcopal School

  • January 1, 2019 -  All financial aid applications are due.
  • January 5, 2019 -  2017 tax returns and supporting documentation along with final 2018 paystub(s) are due.
  • February 15, 2019  - 2018  W-2  are due
  • In late February, St. Anne’s will begin notifying applicants who have met the deadlines above.
  • Applications  submitted after January:  
    They will be processed in the order received based on available funding.  Delays in meeting these deadlines may affect the availability of funds.

Q. Will applying for financial aid affect my child's admission acceptance?

A.    No. St. Anne's financial aid applications are strictly confidential. The Admission application and re-enrollment processes are separate; students are admitted on their own merits. The Financial Aid Committee only reviews an application after the student is admitted to the school.

Q. What if I discuss my financial aid award with other St. Anne's families or other members of the community at large?

A.    The Tuition Assistance Committee manages your tuition assistance application and associated grant with the strictest confidentiality. The school expects families receiving aid to honor the same confidentiality and not discuss their award with anyone.  Failure to honor this policy could result in withdrawal of the award or jeopardize eligibility for a future grant.

Q. Does St. Anne's consider other children who are attending tuition-based schools?

 

A.    St. Anne's expects a family to apply for tuition assistance at each tuition-based school and must provide information related to awards received from other tuition-based schools as part of the application process.  For children in college, St. Anne's will consider up to the equivalent of in-state tuition; we assume the balance will be funded through student loans and other means.

Q. Does St. Anne's offer merit scholarships?

A.    More information about our Merit Scholarships can be found on our website or by contacting the Director of Admission.

Q. Who should I contact if I have a question regarding the financial aid process?

A.    Please contact our Director of Finance (ext. 312) or Director of Enrollment Management (ext. 311), with questions regarding the tuition assistance process.