Affording an EMS Education
The Elisabeth Morrow School is committed to providing families with flexible payment options and tuition assistance to ensure that qualified students are able to receive an Elisabeth Morrow education. Admission and tuition assistance decisions are made independently of each other. Tuition assistance is based solely on the family's financial resources.
The Tuition Assistance Committee at The Elisabeth Morrow School will review all completed files, and approved tuition assistance will then be communicated to recipients with their enrollment contracts if their file is complete.
Our school uses a service called School & Student Services (SSS), which provides need-based tuition assistance analysis, including recommendation of what a family can reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from SSS is kept confidential.
It is The Elisabeth Morrow School's policy that both custodial and non-custodial parents must complete the SSS application for financial aid. EMS considers the income and assets of both parents before making any award and cannot be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for educational expenses. It is the position of EMS that separated or divorced parents or parents who have never married retain the obligation to contribute to the educational expenses of their children, whether or not there is a legal agreement between them to do otherwise. We request that both parents file an application to provide a realistic picture of family resources. We are also aware that circumstances differ widely among separated or divorced parents and urge you to make us aware of your particular situation. Non-involvement in a child’s life and, thus, exemption from financial responsibility with regard to education costs by a non-custodial parent will require satisfactory documentation by the custodial parent.
Please note that SSS is a new platform. You will need to create a new account even if you have applied for aid before.
Other things to keep in mind:
- Families must apply for tuition assistance each year.
- Tuition assistance forms open in SSS on November 1 and are due on January 8.
- Our tuition assistance committee begins meeting in February and by April 15 final tax forms must be filed with SSS.
- In the case of two households, both families must apply, which can be done separately (and will be combined through the system SSS uses).
Applications received after January 8 will be considered on an individual basis. Qualified families who complete their files after the deadline may not receive an award due to the limitations of the tuition assistance budget.
Families that enter EMS on tuition assistance will remain on tuition assistance unless there is a change in the family's financial situation.
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