You can begin applying for financial aid for the 2017-18 school year on January 1, 2017. Please contact the Admission Office to receive financial aid information.
Financial Aid at GDS is based on a family’s demonstrated financial need and is offered in the form of a grant, meaning the money does not need to be repaid. This grant is applied toward tuition and laptop expense only. A committee of staff members considers all financial aid applications in strictest confidence, awarding grants based on a need analysis provided by Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) and on other special circumstances explained by the family in writing. Greensboro Day School does not offer academic or athletic scholarships. All Financial Aid is based on demonstrated financial need.
The admission process is independent of the financial aid process. Applicants are accepted on a financial “need-blind” basis. Applying for financial aid does not affect the applicants chance for admission. Once accepted for admission, families who have properly applied for financial aid and met the timeline for submission will have the financial aid application reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee.
Current families should submit their application to FAST by January 16. Parents of currently enrolled students who wish to apply for Financial Aid for the first time should contact the Admission Office ASAP to receive financial aid information.
In common with most independent schools, the GDS Financial Aid Committee determines a family's contribution using a standardized calculation (derived by FAST). This system considers income, assets, liabilities, family size and number of students in tuition-charging institutions. After an allowance for basic necessities and taxes, the remaining funds are considered discretionary income. The Financial Aid Committee may not consider expenses entered for depreciation, second homes and investment properties, hobby businesses, club memberships or educational costs/loans for parents completing or continuing their education. We will consider the potential for income to be earned by a non-working parent who does not have small children at home.
Every family contributes a portion of the overall cost of a Greensboro Day School education.
GDS requires families receiving Financial Aid to reapply each year. As long as a student remains in good standing, Financial Aid will be renewed according to demonstrated need.
If there is a significant change during the school year, please notify the Financial Aid Coordinator. In extreme circumstances it may be possible to adjust the grant for the current year, provided that funds are available. The committee will naturally consider new information when evaluating the following year's grant.
We subscribe to the principle that both parents are responsible for the support and educational expenses of their children to the extent that they are financially able to do so. We require that both the custodial and noncustodial parent provide us with the appropriate forms and information. While some divorce settlements stipulate the exact amount each parent must pay toward educational costs, we will not necessarily feel ourselves bound by such agreements and will instead require each parent to contribute an amount appropriate to our need analysis. When natural parents remarry, we will take into account the obligations of the parent to his or her new family. We will include in the calculations the resources of the stepparent, keeping in mind the stepparent's obligation to his or her natural children.
Over the past years, the Financial Aid Committee has awarded between 1.5 to 2.5 million in need-based grants, awarding grants to approximately 18% - 25% of the student body.
Generally speaking, much of the information requested by FAST is found on one's IRS 1040 form. The school also requires any other IRS schedules you file. The need assessment takes into account income, assets, expenses and liabilities.