St. Thomas’s Day School is committed to maintaining a community of children from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. Each academic year, St. Thomas’s Day School awards financial aid to families on the basis of demonstrated need.
To determine eligibility for financial assistance, the school partners with School and Student Services (SSS) through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and requires a family to submit the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) application online. If you are unable to complete the PFS online, contact the Business Office for a paper form.
Applications for financial aid are held in strict confidence. The Financial Aid Committee, a subcommittee of the Board’s Finance Committee, reviews applications on a case-by-case basis. St. Thomas’s strives to achieve a partnership with the student’s family where both partners contribute to the fullest extent possible to meet the student’s educational expense and provide the richest educational experience for the student. SSS provides our school with an estimate of the Parents’ contribution, which the Financial Aid Committee will review to determine the school’s financial award for the current academic year.
Parents must apply annually to be eligible for awards which are based on continued need in subsequent years. To apply for Financial Aid for the academic year 2017-2018, a family should access the PFS application at sssbynais.org/parents. The green tab entitled “Complete your PFS” will direct you to create an account or access an existing account. If you are a returning student, enter your email address and password to access your existing account.
Begin early and give yourself plenty of time. You need not wait until the deadline (February 6, 2017) to begin the application process. Have all your supporting documentation available namely, W2s and the IRS 1040s with schedules. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time, then return later to complete. It is important to adhere to the deadline as financial aid resources are limited and funds are usually depleted after the Financial Committee Review.
Notification will be sent to returning students prior to the re-enrollment deadline (February 27, 2017). In the case of a new student, notification is given at the time of acceptance to the school (March 9, 2017).