Financial Assistance Overview
While the availability of school resources, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints influence financial assistance decisions, Saratoga Independent School is committed to making financially supporting as many eligible applicants as possible.
In an effort to make the process fair to all, Saratoga Independent School considers the following when making award decisions:
- The primary responsibility for financing a student’s education rests with the family.
- Both parents are expected to contribute to tuition (if applicable). If a parent chooses not to work, Saratoga Independent School imputes an annual income for a non-working parent.
- In the case of divorce or separation, Saratoga Independent School requires both parents to file an application for financial assistance. Saratoga Independent School is not bound by any divorce agreement specifying a parent’s responsibility for educational expenses.
- Saratoga Independent School believes a family should invest in their child’s education before elective expenses, for example, secondary home ownership, club memberships, and expensive car leases/purchases.
Please contact the school to schedule your tour with our Director of School, Felice Karlitz. Once you have visited the school and are interested in applying, we will provide you with a financial aid packet. The packet contains the school’s financial aid policy, parent worksheet, confidential tax return mailing envelope, and instructions on how to apply online using the FAST system.
To complete the online FAST application, please click here.
*Please note that there is a non-refundable $41 application fee paid via credit card at the conclusion of the online application.
2014 Application Deadlines
March 16 – Deadline for returning families to complete FAST School Financial Aid Form Online.
April 2 – Deadline for new families to complete FAST School Financial Aid Form Online.
April 2 – Returning Families must accept or decline financial aid award, by signing contract and submitting required deposit to hold space.*Make sure to keep a copy of this form, and date when it was submitted. Before submitting electronically you can print a copy of your completed form.
April 20 – New Families must accept or decline financial aid award, by signing contract and submitting required deposit to hold space.
End of April – Committee will review and make determinations on all complete applications.
May 1 – Submit a copy of signed IRS Form-1040 and IRS Form W-2 (to verify personal income) to FAST using submission envelope.
End of May – Letters of acceptance and financial aid awards will be mailed.
The committee is unable to guarantee awards of funds after April 20 for incomplete applications and those who complete the process at a later date.