Financial Aid Policies & Guidelines
St. Andrew’s is committed to meeting 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all enrolled students and all new students offered admission.
To enable us to achieve this goal with the finite resources available to us, and to help us make fair and equitable decisions, the following policies, guidelines, and timelines have been adopted.
Financial Aid Policies and Guidelines
- If the parents are separated, divorced, or have never been married, the full process, including tax documentation, is requested from both parents.
- If there are step-parents, the Committee will consider all partners’ assets and liabilities as we review the student’s financial situation. Non-custodial parents must also submit a financial aid application to help complete our understanding of the student’s financial background.
- If you are a single parent, having no contact with the child's biological second parent and receiving no financial support from that second parent, you must submit a Single Parent Verification Form.
- In the interest of equity, if one parent elects to stay at home and not seek employment, the Committee will impute a basic income of $20,000 for the non-working parent. (An exception is made if the parent is at home caring for a non-school age child or an elderly parent.)
- If multiple children in the family attend tuition-charging schools or colleges, it is expected that the family will be applying for financial aid at all schools. St Andrew’s should not be expected to implicitly subsidize tuition at other schools or colleges.
- If a parent elects to return to school or to change jobs, or a sibling elects to enroll in a fifth-year advanced degree program, resulting in a decrease in family financial resources, St. Andrew’s cannot underwrite this family choice with greater financial assistance.
- If one parent is temporarily unemployed and not disabled, the Committee will review past years of employment history and may recommend educational loans before considering a financial aid award. If a financial aid award is made, the unemployed parent may be asked to participate in quarterly financial aid reviews to report on and demonstrate a continued job search.
- Financial aid grants are annual; a family must re-apply each year they seek financial assistance. When there are dramatic changes in a family’s financial situation due to a significant financial setback, we will do all we can to make it possible for the child to receive the financial assistance needed to continue at St. Andrew’s. At the same time, we expect a family in this situation to make other adjustments to their family expenditures, in addition to seeking financial aid, to help cover the costs of private education. Likewise, when a family’s financial situation improves greatly, the annual grant will be adjusted to reflect the positive gain.
- There is limited financial aid available for international students. Unlike "merit-based" scholarship programs, all financial aid at St. Andrew's depends on an assessment of financial need. The primary tools we use to establish and verify demonstrated need are U.S. tax returns and cost of living estimates that are based on U.S. government information. Because these resources are not available for families who do not live in the U.S.A or file IRS tax returns, we cannot establish need accurately and verify it. Our policy is therefore that need-based financial aid for international students is limited to 50% of tuition in nearly all cases.
Financial Aid Decision Timelines
Financial aid decisions and award letters are mailed with student enrollment contracts. If your child’s financial aid application is not complete by January 15, and we have not heard from you regarding a request for an extension, both funding and your child’s space at St. Andrew’s may be at risk.
For new students:
- Financial Aid applications and supporting documents are due by January 15.
- Admission and financial aid decision letters are sent on March 10th.
- To reserve your child's space at St. Andrew's and accept your financial aid package, you must return the enrollment contract and deposit to St. Andrew's by April 10th.
For returning students:
- Financial Aid applications and supporting documents are due by December 15.
- Re-enrollment contracts and financial aid decisions are sent in Mid-February.
- To confirm your child's re-enrollment at St. Andrew's, parents must return the signed enrollment contract and deposit during the first week of March.
As always, please call or e-mail the Admission Office, at 302-285-4231 or email@example.com, if you have concerns about meeting our deadlines, or with any questions in general.