The Wesley School has always placed a very high priority on being a place where an independent school education should be available to as many young people as possible, regardless of financial situation. In order for us to allocate our resources wisely and fairly, we have enlisted the help of ISM, Independent School Management, and their FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) program. ISM's FAST does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give; rather FAST provides a need-based financial aid analysis service. FAST provides the school with a report, which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. In reviewing each application for aid, the Financial Aid Committee considers both the FAST recommendation and all other additional information provided by each family, including a family's additional dependents, their debts, expenses, and priority of spending, as well as all sources of income.
It is very important that all families who decide to pursue an application for financial aid adhere to all deadlines and requirements without exception. The Financial Aid Committee has a set budget of funds from which to grant awards. Families wishing to be considered should never assume there will be funds “left over” for late applicants after the Committee has met and made grant decisions.
- All information submitted is kept in the strictest confidence.
- Financial aid is awarded with priority given to returning students whose applications and required documentation are submitted by the appropriate deadlines.
- Once a family has all children enrolled in kindergarten and above, it is expected that both parents will be employed. If one parent chooses not to work, then income will be imputed to that parent for the purposes of awards calculation.
- Awards will not be considered unless complete financial information is received from both parents. In the case of parents separated, divorced, or never married, both parents are required to fully complete the financial aid application. It is expected that both parents and appropriate stepparents contribute to the cost of the student's tuition and fees regardless of legal agreements. The Financial Aid Committee does not feel bound by the assertion that one parent disclaims responsibility for educational expenses.
Financial aid at The Wesley School does not cover all expenses a family may incur during the course of the school year. Financial aid provides an award, which is applied against tuition, and mandatory costs as outlined below:
At the discretion of the School's administration, financial aid can be made available to those students requiring academic tutoring and/or summer school. Uniform coupons are provided to help offset the cost of the school uniforms. Full-time daycare and after school athletics participation is offered at a 50% discount to those families receiving a financial aid award at greater than 60% of tuition plus costs, and a 75% discount to those families receiving a financial aid award at greater than 80% of tuition plus costs. Lunches and classroom supplies are not covered.
- Tuition, Tuition Insurance, and Tuition Carrying Charge
- New Student Fee
If you have any questions that we haven't answered here, please feel free to contact Verena Denove, Director of Financial Aid, at the school's admissions office at 818-508-4717.