The Geneva School offers tuition assistance to families with students in grades K–12 (students entering K4 and international students are not eligible for tuition assistance).
The Geneva School utilizes the online service of Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) to help determine how much assistance the school will provide to families. In addition, TGS also accepts the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) and the Gardiner Scholarship (PLSA) administered by Step Up For Students (students must meet Geneva’s admission requirements and be accepted). A family may submit an application to more than one organization. Parents are responsible for any amount not covered by scholarship and/or tuition assistance. Please see the explanations below for information about each agency. The Geneva School does not accept the MacKay scholarship.
Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST)
Financial Aid for School Tuition is an independent third-party agency contracted by The Geneva School to provide an unbiased and confidential assessment of a family’s need for financial assistance. The application fee to FAST is nominal, and any family who is unable to pay full tuition because of financial need is encouraged to submit an application. Decisions are based on a family’s financial need and school funds available.
If a family has already enrolled and the deadlines outlined below are missed or they decide not to apply for tuition assistance, full tuition is required to be paid (less any tuition assistance awarded) whether or not a student attends for all, part, or non of the school year.
|Who?||Fast Application Deadline||2016 Tax Return Submission Deadline|
|Current families using Express Re-enrollment||March 15||April 15|
|Current families using Open Enrollment||March 15 or within a week of re-enrolling (whichever is later)||April 15 or within a week of applying|
|New Families||Within a week of receiving an acceptance letter. (New families are asked not to apply to FAST until after they have received an acceptance letter.)||April 15 or within a week of applying|
Important Info Regarding FAST
Please be advised that preparing to fill out the FAST application takes about as long as preparing to file your taxes. In order to complete this form, there are a number of financial records you will need. Please download the worksheet and user guide available when you click the link to FAST below. This will help you as you prepare to make an application.
The Geneva School requires that you send the following documents to Independent School Management for verification after you have submitted your online application:
- Your 2016 federal tax forms including Schedule A, Schedule C, Schedule E, and Schedule F if applicable
- All 2016 W2’s
Mail documentation to:
Independent School Management
Attn: FAST Processing
1316 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
Payment of the FAST application fee ($43) is the responsibility of the applicant. Only when FAST has received your online application and the necessary documents will the application be complete. Please note that you must use your tax returns and W-2’s for the year 2016. Prior year’s documentation will not be accepted.
When you apply for tuition assistance it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete. FAST will send the results to the school (not the applicant). Once the school hears from FAST, you will be contacted by the accounting department regarding your award as soon as possible.
New Families Applying to FAST: New families must wait until after they have received an acceptance letter before applying to FAST. Once a family is notified of the financial aid amount, they will have one week to decide whether to accept their child’s spot.
For further information, please contact Elizabeth Yawn in the accounting office at The Geneva School (321-422-0225).
Step Up For Students Scholarships
Step Up for Students is a state-approved non-profit scholarship funding organization that helps administer two scholarships for Florida school children: the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) for low income families and the Gardiner Scholarship (PLSA) for children with certain special needs. Families and students must qualify for the scholarship and apply directly to Step Up for Students. Students must be accepted at The Geneva School before scholarship is awarded. The maximum scholarship award for FTC is $5,886 and the maximum scholarship award for PLSA is $10,444.
There is no fee to apply for the Step Up for Students Scholarship. All supporting documentation along with the application must be submitted by May 1. All applications submitted after this date will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis if funding is available.
Families applying for FTC for the first time must meet the following qualifications:
- Students must be entering kindergarten – 12th grade
- Students entering kindergarten must be five on or before September 1st
- Students entering first grade must be six on or before September 1st
- The family income must be at or below the income guidelines outlined in the Step Up for Students website www.stepupforstudents.org.
Families apply for PLSA for students with special needs, should review the information provided on the Step Up for Students website www.stepupforstudents.org.