Shannon Forest Financial Aid Applications Are Now Being Accepted for 2017-2018

We desire to make Christian education available to all families who passionately desire their children to learn and know Christ at Shannon Forest Christian School.  Tuition assistance is available for families based upon financial need.  In order to provide families with complete confidentiality and objectivity, our school utilizes the services of FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, a service of FACTS Management Company, Inc. All applicants qualified by FACTS to receive tuition assistance receive some level of assistance from the school. We encourage all families who have financial need to apply for tuition assistance.

Applying for Financial Aid:

- Students must first be enrolled/re-registered for the upcoming school year and all applicable fees must be paid (Re-registration fees can be refunded if tuition assistance granted is not adequate for continued enrollment)

- All accounts must be current

- Applications must be completed online at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3FGFS

The Shannon Forest Christian School FACTS institution ID# is:  2313

- All documentation required by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment must be sent directly to FACTS for the application to be considered.  Documentation includes, but is not limited to, 2016 w-2s and 2015 or 2016 Income Tax Return.

- Applications must be complete by Monday, April 3, 2017. 

- Families receiving tuition assistance will be notified by mail by Monday, May 1, 2017. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is financial aid?
Financial aid at Shannon Forest is a grant applied to tuition that does not have to be repaid. It is awarded on the basis of a family’s demonstrated financial need.

Does Shannon Forest offer merit scholarships?
No. Financial aid is based solely on a family’s demonstrated financial need.

Who may apply for financial aid?
Families with students in all grades, both returning student and new students, may apply. Returning students must be re-enrolled with all applicable fees paid and their account in good standing. New students must be accepted and enrolled with all applicable fees paid. Re-enrollment fees or enrollment fees can be refunded if the tuition assistance granted is not adequate for continued enrollment.

How do I apply for financial aid?
We require all families to complete an application online through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3FGFS . Supporting documentation required by FACTS, including a signed copy of your federal tax forms and all supporting schedules, W-2 forms and if applicable, partnership/sole proprietorship and/or corporate returns, should be faxed direct to FACTS. Requirements are included in the online instructions given when you complete your application.  

Is there a fee for applying?
There is a $30 application fee that is paid online directly to FACTS.
 
What is the deadline for applying?
The online application should be completed by April 3, 2017 for currently enrolled students. Failure to meet these deadlines could result in a reduced award or no award at all. New students who are enrolled after this date will still be given consideration.
 

What is “demonstrated financial need”?
“Demonstrated financial need” is defined as the difference between the tuition cost at Shannon Forest and the amount which a family is able to pay for their student’s education (as calculated by FACTS) in a given year. FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment provides a recommendation of a family’s ability to pay for education. The school uses this recommendation to help determine the amount of aid that will be awarded.

Who will qualify for financial aid?
Individual family circumstances will determine if a family qualifies for financial aid. Need is calculated by taking into account family size, all sources of income, priority of spending, current financial obligations, assets, liabilities and long term financial strength. Therefore, it is impossible to predict whether a family will qualify for aid without going through the application process. 
 

Additionally, the following statistics are available from the 2016-2017 school year:

  • There were 40 total family applicants representing 62 students; 35 families were offered aid and 32 accepted the aid offered, representing 47 students
  • Average family income of qualified applicants was approximately $60,972 per year
  • Average award offered per student was approximately $4,275

What happens if I cannot meet the deadlines (e.g. tax return extensions, non-cooperation from one parent, etc.)?
Unfortunately you are at a disadvantage if your file is not complete by the stated deadlines. We start making awards in mid-April and will be unable to consider your application until the file is complete. We do understand that sometimes factors are beyond the family’s control and we will work with families to the best of our ability. If your file becomes complete after the application deadline, you would be considered for an award that takes into account your calculated need and our remaining funds.

What happens if parents are divorced, separated or have never been married?
Each situation is unique and will be handled on an individual basis. Shannon Forest will take into account custodial and child support arrangements. The expectation is that the financial aid application will be completed with all relevant financial information, including support that may be provided by both parents.  Financial information may be requested from both parents.

If either parent has remarried, the income and assets of the step-parent may be considered with full appreciation for and sensitivity to the obligations of that parent to his/her own biological children. If either parent lives in a household with another adult, we may consider the income and assets of that individual depending on the circumstances.

If the non-custodial parent does not have legal parental rights, or has not been involved in the child’s life for a period of time, financial information of the non-custodial parent will not be considered.

How and when are applicants informed of the financial aid decision?
Financial aid applicants who have met the April 3rd deadline will be notified by mail of the financial aid decision beginning in early May.  

If we cannot pay the Parent’s Responsibility noted on the award contract, is there an appeal process?
Yes. Appeals must be made in writing to the Head of School - Craig Bouvier. Please include all information that would warrant reconsideration of the financial aid award. 

What costs will financial aid cover?
Financial aid covers tuition only; it does not cover student fees, lunches, late stay, after school classes or other incidental expenses.

Is financial aid automatically renewed each year?
No. Renewal of a financial aid grant is based on proof of continued financial need, as well as evidence that the student has exhibited academic progress and good citizenship. Changes in income, family status, employment changes and/or financial obligations may result in increases or decreases in an award or potential elimination of financial need. Therefore, Shannon Forest requires families receiving financial aid to re-apply each year and the amount of assistance may change.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact Andrea MacMeccan at amacmeccan@shannonforest.com