What are the basics of financial aid at College Prep?
College Prep financial aid awards are grants that do not need to be repaid. Financial aid awards are based on a family’s demonstrated financial need. Funding for our financial aid program is 100% school-based; College Prep receives no government funding.
What is “need-based” financial aid?
College Prep offers grants based on a family’s ability to pay tuition. We utilize the School and Student Services (SSS)guidelines and methodology, supporting documents, and our financial aid policies to determine each applicant’s demonstrated financial need.
Who is eligible to apply for financial aid?
All current and prospective College Prep students are eligible to apply for aid, regardless of their grade level or current financial aid status.
Could the request for financial aid impact my child’s chances of being accepted for admission?
The school’s financial aid budget is able to meet the demonstrated need of almost all eligible applicants. In some years, the outcomes of a small percentage of qualified students may be impacted when the financial aid budget is expended.
If I did not apply or did not qualify for financial aid, can I pay full tuition for a year and then reapply for financial aid?
College Prep assumes that all students who enroll without receiving financial aid will be able to pay full tuition each year. Unless your family circumstances change dramatically while your child is a student at the school, financial aid will not be awarded in subsequent years.
Do I have to reapply for financial aid each year?
Yes, all financial aid recipients must reapply for financial aid every year. Awards are given for only one academic year. A family whose financial situation remains relatively unchanged can generally expect the same percentage of their tuition to be covered by financial aid from year-to-year. For current College Prep families, all future financial aid awards are contingent upon payment of the prior year’s account.
When will I receive a decision regarding financial aid?
For new students, financial aid decisions are mailed alongside admission decisions. Returning students receive financial aid awards at the same time they receive their enrollment agreement for the following year. Typically, this occurs throughout the month of March.
Is there a minimum GPA required to maintain a student’s financial aid eligibility?
No, College Prep maintains the same standards of academic performance and behavior for recipients of financial aid as it does for non-recipients.
Is my information kept confidential?
Financial aid applications are only reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee. The school safeguards the confidentiality of financial aid applications, records, and decisions while respecting the right of each family to discuss its own financial aid outcomes in an appropriate manner.
Does financial aid cover non-tuition school fees and other expenses?
Non-tuition expenses are typically $1,500 annually. Many financial aid recipients can expect to receive about the same percentage of their non-tuition costs covered as their tuition costs. For example, a student receiving a financial aid award equal to 50% of tuition will have about half of his non-tuition expenses paid for by the school. Non-tuition expenses include books, the Intraterm Program, and the annual laptop fee, among others.
What information will the Financial Aid Committee need to determine an award if I am no longer living with my child's other parent?
In order to promote a fair and equitable financial aid process, each parent is required to submit a separate and complete financial aid application. If the student’s parents do not live together, whether separated, divorced, or never married, each parent should complete a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) that is reflective of his or her own household and financial picture. If one of the parents has remarried, the expectation is for the stepparent information to be included in the PFS as well, since the stepparent is a contributing member to supporting the household’s needs. College Prep determines the ability to pay that each household exhibits and makes an award determination based on the combined determination.
What if my child’s non-custodial parent is not willing to complete a financial aid application?
If the non-custodial parent has little or no contact with their child for a significant period of time, and provides little to no financial support, the requirement may be waived on the discretion of the Financial Aid Committee. In such cases, College Prep requires a written statement from a non-family member (such as a family lawyer, clergyperson, social worker, or school official) who is aware of the family situation in a professional capacity. If the non-custodial parent is providing financial support and/or is in contact with their child, College Prep requires their participation. Financial aid is determined by the parents’ ability, not willingness, to pay.
I’m a stay-at-home parent and do not work outside the home. Will my family still be considered for financial aid?
In order for the school to treat families with stay-at-home parents equitably compared to families in which all parents work outside the home, College Prep typically attributes a small income for stay-at-home parents to the financial aid calculations. Exceptions to this policy may occur if a parent is caring for a child not yet of school age, a child with a disability, a seriously ill child, parent, or grandparent or if a parent is disabled and cannot work. Please inform the Financial Aid Committee in writing of these circumstances at the time of your initial application by disclosing your situation in the Additional Information section of your PFS.
If we cannot afford to pay the family contribution after an award is made, is there an appeals process?
If you feel that you cannot pay the family contribution, please contact the Admission Office and provide any additional documentation supporting your claim.
Are there opportunities for merit-based scholarships?
No, all financial aid at College Prep is need-based.
I still have questions about financial aid, whom should I contact?
Please contact David Lazo, Director of Admission & Financial Aid, at 510.652.4364 ext. 2 or DavidL@college-prep.org