DIRECTOR OF TUITION ASSISTANCE
The Episcopal School of Dallas seeks to enroll the most qualified and dynamic students whose families understand and embrace the Founding Tenets of ESD – Daily Worship, Community, Ethical Decision Making, and Service to Others. To achieve this goal, ESD is committed to providing tuition assistance to students whose families would otherwise be unable to consider ESD as an educational opportunity.
TUITION AND FEES: 2017-18
ESD offers four options for families to pay tuition. Credit Cards will be accepted for tuition payments and will be charged a 2.75% fee.
PLAN A: Full one-time payment
PLAN B: Payment in full by check in two installments. Payments are in June and December. Final payments received after December 1 will be subject to late payment fees of $25 per day, per child. A Convenience Fee will be charged by ESD. Tuition Refund Insurance is required for all families not paying tuition in one full payment.
PLAN C: Families receiving tuition assistance may elect to pay their portion of tuition in 11 equal monthly installments at no interest. Tuition Refund Insurance is required for all families not paying tuition in one full payment.
PLAN D: FACTS tuition payment plan. A plan that allows for tuition to be paid over an 11-month period, an interest charge is assessed. Tuition Refund Insurance is required for all families not paying tuition in one full payment.
TUITION ASSISTANCE TIMELINE FOR NEW STUDENTS
September - February: Parents of applicants interested in applying for tuition assistance indicate this on the Application Information Form, or by calling the Office of Admission and Tuition Assistance. Tuition assistance application materials will be provided to these families.
February 15: Deadline for the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) to be completed online at http://sss.secure.force.com/familyportal/FamilyLogin. Return a signed copy of the Request for Copy of Tax Form (IRS Form 4506), a copy of 2015 & 2016 IRS Form 1040, with all related schedules, and 2015 & 2016 W-2 forms to SSS.
March 10: Tuition assistance award notifications released to all families who have completed the tuition assistance application process.
March 24: Deadline for submission of enrollment contract and acceptance of tuition assistance award to be submitted to ESD.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
If we sacrifice in order to pay tuition at ESD, we are using resources that could be set aside for college. How can we justify this commitment for secondary school?
Families interested in applying for tuition assistance should indicate their interest on the Application Information Form or by calling the Office of Admission and Tuition Assistance at 214-353-5827. The tuition assistance application materials will be provided to a family during the admission process. Families who complete the tuition assistance process by the necessary deadline will receive notification of decisions on March 10, 2017.
While ESD does have a generous tuition assistance budget, it is not unlimited. For that reason, it is very important that families follow the published tuition assistance application timeline.
If we receive an award this year, will we receive the same amount next year and do we need to apply again?
If, after we receive the award, we feel we still cannot afford to send our child to ESD, is there an appeal process to request more assistance?
You may appeal the tuition assistance award by submitting, in writing to the Director Tuition Assistance, the following information:
A letter detailing any new or recurrent information (regarding employment status, income, expenses, etc.) that will be important for the Committee to consider, including the amount of additional funding that is being requested.
Copies of personal bank statements for the last three (3) months; savings and checking.
If you are self-employed, please provide any business related bank statements for the last three months.
Any additional information you feel is important for the Committee to know.
The funds for appeals are limited and will be directly impacted by the number of acceptances and declines from the initial offers of assistance. The Committee will make every effort to distribute available funds during the appeal process in the most equitable manner possible.
ESD has become increasingly aware of the financial resources necessary to attend our school, beyond the cost of tuition. As a result, we have established unique ways of assisting deserving families beyond traditional tuition assistance. Families receiving tuition assistance are eligible to apply for assistance in covering the costs of required school related expenses and athletic expenses for 7th – 12th grades.In recognizing that many of our Kindergarten through sixth-grade students are also articipating in sports through our Sports Fellowship Program, we offer funding to offset registration costs in this program.
School related expenses include, but are not limited to: school supplies, field trips, tutoring, SAT or ACT prep course, college application forms, art supplies, uniforms, and annual expenses incurred each year in the Upper School.
Athletic expenses can involve athletic fees, equipment/apparel, and travel costs that are deemed important to a student’s athletic experience. Examples of such expenses include mandatory athletic fees/assessments, equipment, locker signs, SPC travel costs and meals.
All families will be asked to donate to the ESD Annual Fund, as it is a vital link to the overall health of the school. The ESD Annual Fund campaign allows the School to fully fund regular annual operating expenses including faculty and staff salaries and benefits, facilities expenses, field trips, equipment and supplies necessary to deliver a fully integrated curriculum. Every gift to the ESD Annual Fund, regardless of size, matters. What is important is that everyone participates at a level that is meaningful to them.