The St. Francis Financial Assistance Program enables us to enroll and re-enroll qualified students in kindergarten through the eighth grade whose families cannot pay full tuition costs. St. Francis’ goal is to create a school community that welcomes and embraces all individuals, and we are committed to providing financial assistance to families who qualify and whose child or children have been accepted through the admission process.
The Financial Assistance Program of the school offers funds to qualified students using the following priority guidelines:
- Currently enrolled students whose families demonstrate the need for financial assistance
- New students whose families demonstrate the need for financial assistance
- Students who may enrich the diversity of the student body
- Students demonstrating academic excellence or other talents that may enrich the student body and who are awarded designated scholarships
All families who feel they may qualify are encouraged to apply for financial assistance. Financial assistance decisions do not adversely affect a student’s opportunity for admission or re-enrollment at St. Francis. The maximum financial assistance award, per family, is twice the highest middle school tuition each year.
In order for us to allocate our resources wisely and fairly, we have enlisted the help of Independent School Management’s Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) program. FAST does not decide whether or how much financial assistance will be awarded; rather, FAST provides a need-based financial assistance analysis service. FAST gives St. Francis a confidential report that includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. Applications are reviewed by the Financial Assistance Committee, and the committee recommends allocation of financial assistance resources for the next school year to the Head of School. Upon approval by the Head of School, financial assistance offers are sent to families.