Families interested in being considered for financial assistance must submit their financial aid application at the same time they apply for admission to Avenues. For the 2015-2016 school year, Avenues awarded more than $5 million in financial aid to approximately 12% of our students.
Tuition includes the full cost of books and materials; all field trips; and transportation to and from activities during the school day.
These fees cover lunch, snacks, athletic uniforms and educational technology such as MacBooks and iPads.
Participation in after-school programs, summer camp, study abroad programs and purchases from the bookstore (GOODS) or the parent café (Restore) are billed to the student accounts as they are incurred.
The primary responsibility for tuition rests with the family, and each family is expected to address its own resources before requesting aid. Avenues recognizes the distinctiveness of each situation and tailors aid packages to meet the demonstrated needs of each qualified family.
Steps to Apply:
FAST is a service of Independent School Management (ISM). The service gives Avenues an estimate of the amount your family can contribute to educational expenses, which Avenues then uses independently to determine the amount of aid you receive.
Go to FAST
All financial information and assistance decisions are confidential.
Families receiving financial assistance may also receive assistance with other school expenses such as books, supplies, and fees for after-school programs. Avenues is committed to making participation in all aspects of school life possible for all students.
Many factors are taken into account, including, but not limited to, the number of children in a family and how many of them attend tuition-paying schools; additional dependents; all sources of income, assets and liabilities; expenses such as mortgage or rent, automobiles, camps and lessons and unreimbursed medical expenses. Since each family’s situation is evaluated individually, there is no specific income cutoff. All financial aid is based on the demonstrated need of the family.
Avenues bases its policy on guidelines provided by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which state it is the responsibility of parents to pay for the educational expenses of their children to the extent they are able. In assessing need, Avenues will take into account the assets and obligations of both parents and will not be bound by separation or divorce agreements or by the assertion that one parent is unwilling to pay. Therefore, both parents must submit forms to Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST). It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to ask the noncustodial parent to complete and submit all forms. Both parents must also submit tax returns.
Since Avenues expects families to look to all of their own resources before requesting financial assistance, income will be imputed to a spouse who is not working for pay. Certain circumstances, such as the need to care for a disabled or elderly parent or a preschool child, will exempt a family from this policy. Each application is evaluated individually.
Families must reapply for aid each year by submitting current forms and tax returns to FAST. If a family’s financial situation remains similar from one year to the next, Avenues will continue to grant similar assistance.
A request for financial aid must be made when the application for admission is submitted. Parents should submit all required forms to Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST), which will process financial aid applications. Deadlines must be strictly met for the school to consider a request for financial assistance.
A family may submit the required forms to request financial assistance during the next year’s application cycle. However, barring an unforeseen financial crisis, a student who has been enrolled less than two years will not be eligible for financial assistance.
No. Financial awards are grants and do not have to be repaid.
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