Tuition Assistance

For the 2018-2019 school year, we offered more than $4,000,000 in tuition assistance awards to 31% of our student body. Tuition Assistance is available for PreKindergarten through Grade 12. 50% of the budget is awarded to Upper School students.


You may request tuition assistance materials by contacting Natalie Jones ’05, Assistant Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance, at njones@agnesirwin.org or 610-523-7988.

Tuition Assistance Application and Timeline for 2019-2020 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.

All tuition assistance applications for the 2019-2020 school year must be submitted by December 11, 2018, for both new and returning families, in order to give the application full consideration. 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 11, 2018. 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 November 1, 2018 and December 11, 2018. Returning families may submit their tuition assistance application between November 1, 2018 and December 11, 2018.

Step 3: Submit Paperwork

New Families

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

Due by December 11, 2018:

  • Agnes Irwin Tuition Assistance Request Form
  • IRS Form 4506T, signed and undated
  • Copy of your 2017 federal income tax return with all schedules
  • Copy of your 2017 W-2 and 1099 forms (for both parents, if applicable)
  • Copy of most recent 2018 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.

Due January 2019:

  • Copy of final 2018 pay stub (for both parents, if applicable) by January 4, 2019
  • Copy of 2018 W-2 forms, due no later than January 30, 2019

Returning Families

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

Due by December 11, 2018:

Due January 2019:

  • Copy of 2018 W-2 forms, due no later than January 30, 2019

 

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 2019. Tuition Assistance decisions are announced to current families with completed Tuition Assistance applications in February or March, 2019.

Step 5: Submit Tax Return

In order to confirm a tuition assistance award, all applicants must submit their 2018 federal income tax return and accompanying schedules by April 1, 2019.

 

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.