Eligibility and Determination of Need
FAIS uses School and Student Services (SSS) to provide objective, third-party financial needs assessments. FAIS grants cover on average between 10 and 30 percent of eligible
families’ demonstrated need, although each case is evaluated on its
own, unique merits. To be eligible for consideration for financial aid:
- A completed Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), application fee, and all supporting documents must be received by School and Student Services (SSS) by the March 1, 2013 deadline.
- Currently enrolled FAIS families must be in good standing on all debt obligations to the School.
- For students of divorced or separated parents, a PFS, fee, and supporting documents are required of both parents regardless of custody or financial responsibility.
How to Apply
Families wishing to apply for financial aid must submit a completed Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) with all required supporting documents and non-refundable application fee directly to School and Student Services (SSS). The application process is quickest, easiest, and least costly when completed online through the SSS website. Applicant families may submit the $39 application fee and upload supporting documents through the SSS portal.
As an alternative, families may send a completed paper application, required supporting documents, and $51 check made payable to School and Student Services via conventional mail. Visit this link for detailed instructions on completing the paper PFS, and for the form itself.
Required Supporting Documents
Please submit copies of the following supporting documents directly to SSS either by digital upload or by mail, accompanied by a Required Documents Cover Sheet:
- 2012 Federal Income Tax Return with all schedules
- 2012 W2 and/or 1099 forms
- Form 4506 Tax Information Authorization
Your application is not considered complete without your supporting documents. If possible, you may wish to start tax preparation early in order to meet the March 1 deadline.
Award Consideration Guidelines
In allocating financial aid resources the following criteria are considered:
- The applicant family’s financial resources and circumstances
- Ability to pay tuition and fees as determined by independent financial analysis of information provided on PFS
- Commitment to independent, immersion education
- Whether or not all able adults in the household are fully employed
- Whether the applicant family’s expenses include tuition paid to institutions other than FAIS
- Cultural diversity
- Full enrollment
- The applicant family's adherence to deadlines