Whitfield’s need-based financial aid program allows a wide variety of families to enroll at Whitfield School. Financial aid awards for the 2018-2019 school year range from $3,000 to over $20,000, with an average award of $16,000.
If you are the least bit concerned about your ability to afford Whitfield, we encourage you to complete the financial aid application as we can only help those families who complete the necessary paperwork. The School and Scholarship Service (SSS), which assesses families’ financial need, takes into consideration such things as the number of people in your family, your age, and other financial obligations, in addition to your income and any assets you may have.
Close to 30% of Whitfield’s student body receives financial aid. We often are asked whether Whitfield offers athletic scholarships. We do not; these are more typically found at the college level. Our commitment to building a strong, talented student body includes offering a robust need-based financial aid program.
To be considered for financial aid, a student must have a good academic record, be a positive addition to the student body in character and attitude, demonstrate leadership skills and be involved in extracurricular activities, in addition to demonstrating financial need. Unfortunately, with an increasing number of current and prospective families requesting financial assistance, it is not possible for Whitfield to offer financial aid to every family who applies for financial aid and so we encourage families to consider a broad array of schools.
Families often ask about the relationship between admission and financial aid decisions. We choose to make admission decisions separately from financial aid decisions, so a child may be admitted to Whitfield but be denied financial aid. With our limited financial aid budget, this is a reality for a good number of applicants at every grade level and one reason we encourage families to pursue multiple options when finances are a concern.
The steps for applying for financial aid at Whitfield are as follows:
1. Complete online the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). Please complete and submit this application by the admission application deadline. Please note: SSS does not begin to accept 2018-2019 PFS applications until October 2, 2018. Therefore, applications need to be completed between October 2, 2018 and January 15, 2019 for all grades except 9 and between October 2, 2018 and December 14, 2018 for applicants to grade 9. In order to complete the PFS, parents will need estimated income and financial numbers for 2018; completing your 2018 taxes is not necessary to complete the PFS. Financial aid is generally allocated by March.
2. Please send a copy of your 2018 Federal Tax Return (Form 1040 and all supplemental forms) and your 2018 W-2 forms to SSS as soon as possible but no later than March 1, 2019. If this is your first year applying for financial aid, we ask that you also submit this tax documentation for 2017. If you own your own business or farm, we ask that you also complete the Business/Farm Statement.
Financial aid notifications are included with the admission decisions whenever possible.