Making a West Sound Academy IB Diploma Affordable
The tuition for the 2017-2018 school year at West Sound Academy is as follows:
Domestic Middle School: $16,025
Domestic Upper School: $17,700
International Students: click here
International Students qualify for advanced English Language placement with appropriate TOEFL test scores. West Sound Academy is committed to cultural and economic diversity, and offers a robust financial assistance program providing grants to local students to help make a WSA IB Diploma education affordable.
Financial assistance and scholarships are grants that do not need to be repaid. However, we do require that recipients reapply for financial assistance annually.
Please Note: Financial assistance decisions are made independently of the admissions process. Our Admissions and Financial Assistance Committees make decisions regarding admission to the school and eligibility for financial assistance separately. Families who are interested in financial assistance are encouraged to simultaneously apply for admission and for assistance.
We provide financial assistance to families on the basis of need. Need is determined by an objective process utilizing School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) and coordinated by our own Financial Assistance Committee. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. Based on the financial information you provide, SSS gives us an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. This helps us make fair and impartial financial assistance decisions. In addition to the SSS application, we require that families submit the backup documents listed in the application process below to our Financial Assistance Committee.
You may begin applying for financial assistance for any given academic year starting on November 1st of the preceding year. (For example, applications for the 2017-2018 academic year started on November 1, 2016.) The process is outlined below. While we consider financial assistance requests regardless of the date submitted, as there is a finite amount of assistance to be awarded each year it is to a family’s benefit to submit its application as early as possible. Your family's SSS application must be submitted online. SSS delivers your information quickly to our school, and this in turn allows us to move promptly on making a decision about your eligibility for financial assistance.
For more details, see these two flyers from SSS:
To begin your SSS financial assistance application for the 2017-2018 school year follow these steps:
(1) Go to http://sss.nais.org/
(2) Click on 'Website for Parents and Families'
(3) Click on the prompt to begin your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS)
(4) Follow the on-line instructions you receive regarding completing and submitting the PFS. You need only complete one PFS even if you have several children applying to WSA. Note that SSS charges a flat fee of $48 for processing.
(5) Once your SSS application has been submitted please provide the school with the backup documents listed below.
IRS Form 1040 plus all relevant schedules for the most recent tax year
W-2 (if unavailable, your most recent pay stub)
Brief letter or email to help explain the financial documents and your need for financial assistance
PLEASE NOTE: We must have both these backup documents and your SSS report for us to complete the financial assistance award process. Also, be assured that your documents will be handled with the utmost level of confidentiality. If you have a question regarding this part of applying for financial assistance, contact Elizabeth Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org
SSS is available to answer questions; call (800) 344-8328 (Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. EST; Saturday: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. EST)
"Don't let this process stop you from applying! The WSA staff is dedicated to making you feel at ease with the financial assistance application process. They are committed to making a WSA education possible for as many students as possible." - current WSA parent
Applications submitted will be matched against available financial assistance funds on a case-by-case basis.
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