Good Shepherd Episcopal School is committed to assisting as many families in need as possible and almost 25% of our families receive some level of tuition assistance. If a student is accepted to Good Shepherd, the student's need, the family's circumstances and ability to pay, and the availability of tuition assistance funds are all taken into consideration. Good Shepherd uses a third-party program, School and Student Services (SSS) located in Princeton, New Jersey to help us assess a family’s ability to pay school costs. SSS helps us make objective and equitable tuition assistance decisions. We follow best practice guidelines as established by the National Association of Independent Schools in the granting of tuition assistance awards.
Detailed information on tuition assistance is available in either the Admission or Business Office in November of the preceding year. If you are interested in applying for assistance, you must complete the required forms and submit them online to SSS. Families are required to provide prior and current-year tax returns as part of the application process, along with a letter of request. Applications for tuition assistance are held in confidence.
We know, statistically, that once a student joins our community at Good Shepherd, families want them to remain here through eighth grade, and we want to do our part to make that happen. We also know how fortunate we are that 39% of our families have more than one child enrolled at Good Shepherd. While we do not give tuition reductions for the number of children a family has in private schools, we are sensitive to this being the tipping point in some families’ ability to stay at our school and encourage all of our families with multiple students to discuss their options for tuition assistance.
All families interested in learning more about tuition assistance, or are applying for tuition assistance for the first time, should schedule a meeting by e-mailing, firstname.lastname@example.org, to answer any questions and help with the process, or to discuss options. Your application is strictly confidential, but it does involve providing certain financial information and meeting several deadlines.
Good Shepherd Episcopal School does not discriminate in the administration of its tuition assistance on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender. All information relating to applications for tuition assistance will be held by Good Shepherd Episcopal School in the strictest of confidence and will not be released to any third party. Documentation from custodial, non-custodial, and step-parents will not be shared with other members of the student's family.
- When our family applies for tuition assistance, what information will schools require?
- What is SSS?
- How does the SSS program calculate my family's “contribution,” or ability to pay?
- Does SSS offer any sort of tuition assistance to families?
- Who can I ask for help in completing the PFS form?
- Can my family receive a waiver so we don’t have to pay the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) processing fee?
- If all the schools where our family applies use the Parents’ Financial Statement, why do they offer us different amounts of financial aid?
- Do I need to supply multiple years of tax documents?
- Where does tuition assistance come from?
- What does “financial need” mean?
- How do schools determine financial need?
- What is the income level at which a family is no longer eligible for assistance?
- If my family returns its tuition assistance application late, is there any chance more funds may be available later in the year?
- Does tuition assistance need impact my child’s chances of being admitted?