Financing Your Child’s Education Workshop is Monday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gordon School in East Providence. This event is free and open to the public.
At this time of year, many parents start to think about school options for next year. With many schools having open houses and informational receptions, it can be hard to keep up with all of the information, not to mention trying to compare public versus private options. It can be very difficult to imagine paying tuition for your young child right on the heels of paying off your own college loans.
Then there’s financial aid. Most independent K-12 schools do offer financial aid and it’s important to understand how aid works before you let price considerations narrow your school options.
School and Student Services has basic answers online at http://sss.nais.org, including an excellent FAQ section. At Gordon, we have a scenario online that walks you through the process of determining the size of a family’s financial aid award.
All families who are applying to any independent school are encouraged to come to Gordon’s annual Financing Your Child’s Education Workshop. The financial aid process is very similar at most independent schools and we will cover how awards are determined, what financial information a school requests in order to determine an award, and who actually is awarded aid and why.
Forms will be available and staff will be available to help walk families through the forms.
Emily Anderson is Gordon’s Admission Director, a veteran of several area independent schools who administered $1 million in aid last year to families that make up 21% of the student population at Gordon.