Financial Aid: it can be the deciding factor for your family as you approach applying to private schools. As an alumna of Kent Place School (KPS) who benefitted from this process and a former admission officer at KPS, here are some tips to help you get started!
1. Gather Critical Information
What, exactly, is the procedure? What are the deadlines? You can meet and speak with admission officers at admission events on their campuses or you can find this information on the schools' websites. The financial aid procedure differs at each school, but at Kent Place, we request that applications for financial aid be submitted by February 1.
2. Set up Necessary Accounts
Many independent schools use TADS, a financial aid assessment tool, and Kent Place is no different. Set up an account with TADS and use key documents like tax returns, bank statements, income statements, and debt information so the TADS system can calculate your family's financial need. The TADS system works independently of the schools to which you will be applying, ensuring an unbiased calculation and recommendation for aid.
3. Double Check
Before submitting your documents, be sure to double check that all your information, including first and last names, is entered correctly. Because the TADS system is sensitive, small errors can cause larger problems down the road. If you're unsure about something, call the school(s) to which you're applying—they'll be more than happy to help you move forward on solid footing.