Tuition Assistance

For the 2019-2020 school year, we offered more than $4.2 million in tuition assistance awards to 33% of our student body. Tuition Assistance is available for PreKindergarten through Grade 12. Approximately 50% of the budget is typically awarded to Upper School students.


You may request tuition assistance materials by contacting: Natalie Jones Brennan ’05, Assistant Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance, at njones@agnesirwin.org or 610-523-7988, or Claire Lewis, Admission Office Manager, at clewis@agnesiriwn.org or 610-526-1667.

Tuition Assistance Application and Timeline for 2020-2021 School Year

Agnes Irwin uses an organization called School and Student Services (SSS) to help determine the financial need of a family. For general information about Financial Aid at Independent Schools, please consult the National Association of Independent Schools website. Please see our First-Time Family Guide to Tuition Assistance for commonly asked questions and detailed information. Current families should see the Returning Family Guide to Tuition Assistance for commonly asked questions and detailed information about the financial aid process.

Families who are interested in applying for Tuition Assistance are encouraged to complete their applications by December 11, 2019. Families who apply after early December should complete their tuition assistance application as soon as possible as funding will begin to be released to newly accepted families who have completed all aspects of the application process by the first deadline in mid-January. A checklist for new families and returning families is available to help you keep track of the information that is required to complete the tuition assistance application.

Tuition Assistance Application Process

Step 1: Indicate Intention

Indicate your intention to apply for tuition assistance on the admission application. Submit the application for admission by December 4, 2019. When prompted, indicate that you intend to apply for tuition assistance. The Office of Admission will send to you a First-Time Family Guide to Tuition Assistance, which will help you to gather necessary financial information for the online application.

Step 2: Complete Online Application

Complete the tuition assistance application online through School and Student Services (SSS) by logging onto http://sssbynais.org. New families may submit their tuition assistance application between October 15, 2019 and December 11, 2019. Returning families may submit their tuition assistance application between November 1, 2019 and December 11, 2019.

Step 3: Submit Paperwork

New Families

Upload copies of the following directly to School and Student Services (SSS).

Due by December 11, 2019:

  • Completed Parent's Financial Statement (PFS) on SSS
  • Agnes Irwin Tuition Assistance Request Form 2020/2021
  • IRS Form 4506T, signed and undated
  • Copy of your 2018 federal income tax return with all schedules (e.g. 1040, 1099, etc.)
  • Copy of your 2018 W-2 (for both parents, if applicable)
  • Copy of most recent 2019 pay stub (for both parents, if applicable)
  • Additionally, if applicable, submit a copy of the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition directly to Randie Benedict, care of The Agnes Irwin School Admission Office, or upload to SSS under the "Additional Documents" section.

Due January 31, 2020:

  • Copy of 2019 W-2 forms (for both parents, if applicable)

Returning Families

Upload copies of the following directly to School and Student Services (SSS)

Due by December 11, 2019:

  • Completed Parent's Financial Statement (PFS) on SSS
  • Agnes Irwin Tuition Assistance Request Form 2020/2021
  • Additionally, if applicable, submit a copy of the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition directly to Randie Benedict, care of The Agnes Irwin School Admission Office, or upload to SSS under the "Additional Documents" section.

Due January 31, 2020:

  • Copy of 2019 W-2 forms (for both parents, if applicable)

 

Step 4: AIS Review & Notification

Agnes Irwin’s Tuition Assistance Committee reviews each request for tuition assistance and determines the tuition assistance grant based on the family’s need and the school’s budget. Tuition Assistance decisions are announced to new families with completed admission and Tuition Assistance applications in mid January 2020. Tuition Assistance decisions are announced to current families with completed Tuition Assistance applications in February or March, 2020.

Step 5: Submit Tax Return

In order to confirm a tuition assistance award, all applicants must submit their 2019 federal income tax return and accompanying schedules by April 1, 2020. Please note that if you are filing for an extension, the Tuition Assistance Committee will require a copy of your extension (Form 4869) be submitted to SSS under “Additional Documents” by April 1, 2020.

 

We're here to help!

Request materials, ask a question, or start the conversation by emailing Natalie Jones '05, Assistant Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance, or call her at 610-523-7988.

Named Awards

As part of the tuition assistance program, there are also five named awards for new students whose families demonstrate financial need.