"TUITION ASSISTANCE AT TPS IS A GIFT, NOT JUST TO THOSE STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE IT, BUT TO EVERYONE IN THE TPS COMMUNITY." -- MARK FEINER '87, ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL AT GREENWICH ACADEMY
Tuition Assistance at TPS
Tuxedo Park School is a small school that has made a a big difference for generations. In the late 1960s, the school offered its first scholarships to promising students whose families could not pay all of the fees. Since that time, TPS, like all independent schools, has adopted a policy and a process for applying for financial aid, now called Tuition Assistance. Most independent schools used to have families who either paid tuition at the full rate or received an almost full scholarship. Now many schools, including TPS, offer partial funding opportunities for families who qualify for modest tuition assistance but can still pay a good portion of the tuition with their own resources. This allows strong students, whose family's financial situation would not otherwise allow it, to attend our school. 50% of TPS students receive tuition assistance this year, offered in the form of direct grants.
Thanks to the generosity of many in our community, Tuxedo Park School has a Scholarship Endowment that helps fund some of the Tuition Assistance currently available to our families. With the participation of many of our Tuition Assistance students, our entire school community benefits and thrives: our classes, teams, and art programs are more robust. Moreover, because our students are so accomplished and desirable upon graduation, they are not only receiving need-based financial assistance at their secondary schools, but many are also receiving merit scholarships.
Tuxedo Park School is committed to providing a multifaceted, high quality education to students who have demonstrated academic and co-curricular prowess and solid citizenship. The School values and promotes social, cultural, and economic diversity; it considers these attributes as vital to the School's mission of providing a superior learning environment in which academic performance, character development, and dedication to community are expected and celebrated. To ensure that qualified students from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds have the opportunity to benefit from the Tuxedo Park School program, the School offers tuition assistance to families who could not otherwise afford the full cost of a TPS education.
All TPS families applying for tuition assistance must submit paperwork through the School and Student Services (SSS); families complete a confidential online questionnaire and submit tax information and supporting documentation to substantiate their financial need. Once SSS receives all this information, it generates a report for the family and TPS stating a level of support for each child in a tuition paying institution. A grant determination is made by the TPS Tuition Assistance Committee. All information is strictly confidential.
School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools that assists independent schools in making financial need determinations. Based on the financial information you provide on the Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS), the SSS gives us an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. Please note that the SSS figure is only a recommendation. To make our tuition assistance award decisions, we use the SSS figures as a baseline for our own additional review, taking into consideration our total financial aid budget, our school's policies and priorities, and the needs of our entire applicant pool. Due to circumstances like these, and others, our school may ask a family to contribute more to tuition than what is estimated on the SSS Family Report. As part of our process, we always consider applications from current families first before we award Tuition Assistance to new families so timely completion of the paperwork is essential to the application process.
In order to be considered for a tuition assistance grant, the family must simultaneously complete both the admissions process and the tuition assistance application process. Applying for tuition assistance has no bearing upon the Admissions Committee's deliberation and assessment of an applicant's potential as a Tuxedo Park School student. Students must successfully complete the Admissions process and be accepted. Then the Tuition Assistance Committee looks at a family's need and determines what funding the school can provide the family. When the school's Tuition Assistance budget cannot support a family's need, the student is placed on a Tuition Assistance waitlist. Families are required to complete an application with SSS annually.
Unlike some larger independent schools where tuition assistance is funded by large restricted endowments or significant operational surpluses, Tuxedo Park School depends heavily on the support of our alumni and friends. As the school calls upon its extended family for support in providing tuition assistance, it is our expectation that families applying for tuition assistance will pursue assistance through their extended family or other scholarship funding (through employers, community organizations, etc.) and make reasonable sacrifices to finance the education of their children. Tuxedo Park School recognizes that families have the freedom to make choices regarding their financial status; however, it is our expectation that both parents work. Exceptions to this policy are if a parent is at home caring for a non-school age child, a child with a disability or illness, parent or grandparent, or other special circumstances.
TUITION ASSISTANCE APPLICATION
November 1 - Application process is open; parents may begin completing the online form (PFS). The School employs the services of SSS (School and Student Services), an online financial assistance application program sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools.
January 15 - On-line applications (PFS) must be completed.
February 22 - Current families’ documentation, including W-2’s and current tax returns, must be submitted to SSS.
Tuition Assistance applications for families applying for admission to TPS must be completed, including W-2s and current tax returns.
Parents (both returning and new) who do not meet the deadline may jeopardize the opportunity to be considered for assistance.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR FUNDING A TPS EDUCATION
Tuxedo Park School welcomes and values a diversified school community. It does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, disability, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and other school-administered programs.