Priory Financial Aid FAQs

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Q.
    At what income level is my family ineligible for financial aid?

    The SSS methodology considers income, assets, and expenses for both parents and students (where applicable). We also consider daycare costs and other private school tuitions, including undergraduate college/university tuition. Our goal is to provide a family with a reasonable amount expected to be paid towards a Priory education.
  • Q.
    What if I am separated, divorced, never married, or have re-married?

    Like many independent schools, Priory understands that the primary responsibility for financing an independent school education falls primarily on the family. This responsibility requires both parents and legal guardians, including step-parents, to contribute their child's educational costs. In practice, this understanding means that both custodial and non-custodial parents are required to complete the financial aid application.
     
    If the non-custodial parent has no involvement in the child's life, a letter from a third party (outside of the family) is required to petition for a waiver.
  • Q.
    Will applying for financial aid affect my child's chances for admission?

    Woodside Priory awarded over $3 million in financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year. The admissions committee is tasked with identifying each applicant's gifts and talents regardless of their ability to pay. While we encourage all families–who believe Priory is a good fit for their child–to apply, we invite families to consider how affording a Priory education will affect their family's financial situation.
  • Q.
    Can international students apply for financial aid?

    Woodside Priory's boarding program is distinctive in intimate size and student diversity. While we can consider international students who may need need-based financial aid, international applicants should remember that financial aid grants are highly competitive. For all international students, the request for financial aid will be considered in the admissions process. International students must complete the financial aid application like other students wishing to be considered for financial aid.

    Priory does not award merit-based (based on academic qualifications or other talents) scholarships.
  • Q.
    Will our financial aid award change from year to year?

    Financial aid grants are awarded annually, and enrolling families will see their financial aid award disclosed in their Enrollment Agreement. Families are also required to reapply for financial aid annually if aid is needed in the following school year.
     
    Unless there is a significant change in a family's financial circumstance, families should expect to receive consistent levels of financial aid.
  • Q.
    What if we might need financial aid in the future?

    We recognize that life circumstances may cause families to need aid to keep their child enrolled at the Priory. However, barring an unusual change in financial circumstances, families should not plan to apply for aid if they did not initially apply as a part of their admissions application to the School.

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