Among the most important things parents provide their children is an education. We know that an independent school education is an investment, the cost of which is a factor for some families in making their school decision.
Avenues annually provides more than $6 million in assistance to admitted families who qualify for financial assistance. As our mission states, we aim to be, “humble about [our] gifts and generous of spirit.” In addition to the work done by our students, staff and parents through the Avenues community engagement initiatives, our financial assistance program is one more manifestation of that commitment.
We strongly encourage you to consider Avenues even if you cannot afford the full cost of tuition, as there may be assistance available. Our team is committed to helping you navigate what can sometimes seem like an overwhelming process.
A few things to keep in mind:
Please Note: Assistance is capped at 10% of tuition for students in the Early Learning Center.
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 or the parent café 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.
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All financial information and assistance decisions are confidential.
Yes, although assistance is capped at 10% of tuition for students in the Early Learning Center (Grades N–K).
No. Families who believe in the benefit of having multiple children with us are encouraged to file an application for financial assistance.
Avenues believes that both parents are responsible for the education of a child. Any legal arrangements or commitments to the contrary are the responsibility of the parents to negotiate between themselves. A notarized affidavit (provided by Avenues) is required when one parent is completely absent.
Absent a child not yet of school age or an elder relative permanently in the home in need of care, Avenues expects both parents to work in order to contribute to their child’s education. $50,000 in income will be imputed if the above situation does not apply.
No. Avenues calculates its financial assistance awards and budget in conjunction with offers of admission. Both applications should be filed concurrently in the fall.
All self-employed parents filing for financial assistance must submit business tax returns. Avenues reserves the right to request full business filings semi-annually.
All student assets are to be included in the application and will be considered. Certain financial vehicles that preclude family access to the asset must be documented.
No. The only condition under which an appeal may be filed is if there is new information available for consideration that wasn’t previously known. If there is no new information to be submitted, an appeal will not be considered.
Avenues recognizes there are additional mandatory costs associated with attendance. For 2016–17 awards, $55,000 will be used for N–5 students and $60,000 for 6–12 students.
No. An international family, as defined by the passport and citizenship of the student, are not qualified for financial assistance.
No. Avenues reserves the right for financial assistance awards to reflect the enrollment priorities of the school (e.g. gender balance).
Avenues prioritizes returning families when awarding financial assistance. However, families are expected to meet all deadlines.
Please note: Late applications will not be considered for any increase in financial assistance. Applications more than one month late may have their award decreased or canceled, depending on the availability of funds.
Avenues will consider significant changes in either direction when calculating awards. Absent a change in finances, families should expect to receive the same award each year, with only a possible increase equal to the percentage increase in tuition.
Families who enrolled with no financial assistance must wait two years before applying for financial assistance, unless a sibling will be joining Avenues.
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Considering Avenues for your child? Attend one of our parent information events.