Need-Based Financial Aid

Whitfield’s need-based financial aid program allows students from economically diverse families to enroll. We believe this diversity is beneficial to our whole community.

FAQs

We can only help those families who complete the necessary paperwork. If you are concerned about your ability to afford Whitfield, we encourage you to complete the financial aid application.

All families who receive need-based financial aid pay some tuition. Financial aid awards range from $3,000 to over $20,000, with an average award of $16,000.

More than 30% of Whitfield’s families receive some financial aid. We are committed to building a strong, talented and diverse student body.

Does Whitfield offer athletic scholarships?  We do not.  Athletic scholarships are more typically found at the college level. 

Is there a relationship between admission and financial aid decisions?  We make admission decisions separately from financial aid decisions.  In doing so, it is possible that a child may be admitted to Whitfield but be denied financial aid.  With an increasing number of families applying for need-based financial aid, this is a budget-based reality at every grade level.  That said, financial aid notifications are included with the admission decisions whenever possible.

Financial aid notifications are included with the admission decisions whenever possible.

TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID:

Complete the online application (starting October 2, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year)

The application, or Parent Financial Statement (PFS), is submitted to School and Scholarship Service (SSS). This application assesses families’ financial need, by analyzing such things as:

  • Family size
  • Number of children in tuition-based schools
  • Age of parents/guardians
  • Other financial obligations
  • Income
  • Assets

Because the application is based on good estimations, it is not necessary to have completed your 2019 taxes. With need-based financial aid limited, it is extremely important to meet deadlines and we recommend submitting your application as early as possible. The PFS opens on October 2, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Access the PFS

In cases of separation, divorce and remarriage, the Financial Aid Committee will consider the assets of all parties before offering a tuition assistance award. Both parents (and their spouses, if applicable) are expected to complete the PFS. This can be done together or individually. 

Upload required tax documents to SSS (deadlines listed below)

Financial Aid Requests:

  • 9th Grade Applicants: PFS and 2018 tax documents due to SSS on December 13, 2019
  • 6th – 8th & 10th – 12th Grade Applicants: PFS and 2018 tax documents due to SSS on January 14, 2020

Financial Aid Awards:

  • All Families Receiving Financial Aid for the 2020-21 School Year: 2019 tax documents due to SSS on May 1, 2020