Highlands School Financial Aid
The Highlands School offers a scholarship grant program for those students whose families qualify for financial assistance as determined by the school and the recommendations of School and Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The Highlands School is extremely fortunate to have the community's support from a wide network of donors, including Board members, faculty, businesses, foundations, and past and current parents that make scholarships available to our students. Application for a scholarship grant is online only and requires completion of the Parents Financial Statement, The Highlands School Financial Aid Form, and the submission of specific tax documents.
Do you offer full scholarships?
Our grants are funded through the generosity of contributors and are therefore limited. A scholarship grant will cover a portion of tuition. Families are expected to contribute financially to their child's education to the extent they are able to do so. Contact the School Admissions Office for more information regarding payment plans and loan options that can help you more easily manage tuition payments.
Who can apply for a scholarship?
Any student in good standing, current or new, is eligible for aid, based on financial need. Families should reapply for aid each year that they require assistance. Priority is given first to eligible students currently receiving aid who continue to demonstrate need, second to other current students, and third to children new to The Highlands School.
Do we make too much to apply for financial aid?
There is no specific income cut-offs to determine eligibility. We consider the financial circumstance of each applicant individually.
Who sees my information?
All information on financial aid forms will be held in the strictest confidence. This information is available only to a small Scholarship Committee and SSS.
What is the deadline for returning students to submit an application?
Completed applications for scholarship grants must be received by January 15th. Applications after February will be reviewed after the first round of aid determination is completed. Families receiving a scholarship award letter will have ten (10) days from the date of the letter to contact the Admissions Office and acknowledge acceptance of the award or request an appeal. If the Admissions Office is not notified of acceptance or an appeal request within ten days, the scholarship award will be rescinded. Families who have had scholarship awards rescinded will need to begin the application process again if they wish to be considered.
What is the deadline for new students to submit an application?
The Highlands School practices a year-round or "rolling" admissions policy. Families considering enrollment at the school may apply for financial aid at any time during the enrollment process, providing there is still remaining aid available at that time. Completed applications for scholarship grants must be received by the third day following receipt of an official offer of enrollment in order to be included in the next round of aid determination. Families receiving a scholarship award letter will have (10) days from the date of the letter to contact the Admissions Office and acknowledge acceptance of the award or request an appeal. If the Admissions Office is not notified of acceptance or an appeal request within ten days, the scholarship award will be rescinded. Families who have had scholarship awards rescinded will need to begin the application process again if they wish to be considered.
What is your policy regarding divorced/separated parents?
In cases where the parents of the student are divorced or separated, both parents are required to complete applications for scholarship grants, regardless of custody status or legal financial arrangements. In cases where a custodial parent has remarried, the step-parent will also need to complete the scholarship grant application.
What forms do I need to submit?
The following forms are required in order to be considered for scholarship grant awards:
W2 Form & 1040