Admission
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Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

The Financial Aid application deadline for new and continuing students for the 2017-18 school year is January 17, 2017.  You can access the online financial aid application by clicking on the SSS Parent Financial Statement link to the left or by visiting their Web site at http://sssbynais.org/parents/.

Financial Aid applications may also be submitted after this deadline, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis, should there be remaining funds available to award after all those who have met the deadline have been considered.
 
Viewpoint School maintains a strong commitment to broadening socioeconomic diversity by providing need-based Financial Aid to students who could not otherwise attend our School. Because of this commitment, our Financial Aid program benefits our community as a whole, whether or not someone is a recipient of aid. The socioeconomic diversity of our families is a positive result of the School's strong Financial Aid program.

For the 2016-17 academic year, 17 percent of the student body is receiving more than $4,000,000 in need-based Financial Aid, as determined by nationally used methodology and documentation review that establish demonstrated economic need. The School is committed to providing access for all students, including recipients of Financial Aid, to all required programs and activities of the School.

Financial Aid is awarded without regard to sex, race, religion, or national or ethnic origin. The School's Financial Aid Committee considers a family's cash flow, assets, number of dependents, provisions for retirement, and extraordinary expenses in assessing its ability to pay for educational expenses. The awarding process for Financial Aid favors qualifying families whose students are enrolled in the higher grade levels, rather than the lower grade levels at Viewpoint. See below for more detail.

CLICK ON THE QUESTIONS BELOW TO LEARN THE ANSWERS TO THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED FINANCIAL AID QUESTIONS:

Financial Aid FAQs

List of 9 items.

  • Is admission need-blind? Should I wait to apply for Financial Aid until I hear about admission?

    All applicants for admission are evaluated without regard to a request for Financial Aid. However, because we often admit more students who require aid than we are able to fund, admitted students do not always receive aid even if they do qualify. It is possible to be accepted for admission, but wait listed for Financial Aid.
     
    A common misconception among first-time applicant families is that they should wait to hear about their child’s admission status before applying for Financial Aid. 

    Under no circumstances is it recommended that you do this, because any available Financial Aid dollars have typically already been allocated by that point to others who met the application deadline

    You should be prepared to meet the January 17 financial aid application deadline in order for your child to be considered for both admission and financial aid.
  • How difficult is it to obtain Financial Aid depending upon the grade level of my child?

    Because Financial Aid is a scarce resource, with more applicants than funding available, we do not distribute the awarding of Financial Aid dollars evenly throughout the grades.

    Viewpoint's Board of Trustees has mandated that students who are closest to their high school graduation have the highest priority to be awarded Financial Aid.  This means that we favor Upper School students first in the awarding of assistance, followed by students in the Middle grades.
     
    Although there may sometimes be exceptions, as a general rule, Financial Aid for families with children in Viewpoint’s Primary and Lower Schools, regardless of need, is very difficult to obtain. This is true for both currently enrolled families as well as those applying for admission. 
     
    Families of younger students who may require Financial Aid should take this into consideration, and should not count on receiving an award of Financial Aid even if they qualify for one.
  • Does Viewpoint offer merit scholarships?

    Viewpoint does not offer any merit, athletic, or talent scholarships.  All Financial Aid awards at Viewpoint are based on demonstrated economic need that is determined using a national, standardized formula that employs an impartial third-party analysis of a family’s financial situation.
     
    Viewpoint maintains that the primary responsibility for financing a child’s education rests upon the family. After a family assesses all of its resources, the School encourages them to apply for Financial Aid to make up any difference between the cost of education and the family’s contribution.
     
    Individual families whose financial circumstances qualify them for Financial Aid receive different amounts of assistance, depending upon each family's level of need and how much they are able to contribute of their own resources.  Financial Aid is also awarded only one year at a time, and must be reapplied for annually. 

    The fact of a family qualifying for need-based Financial Aid does not automatically translate to an award.  There are far more individuals who request aid every year than there are dollars available.  The School makes every effort to assist as many families as it can.  However, depending upon the timing of the application and the grade level of the student(s) (see next question), families who qualify for need-based Financial Aid may be placed on a Financial Aid wait list if overall demand for aid is too great.
     
  • Where do I find the Financial Aid application?

    The application process is entirely online.  Scroll to the far right side of this page for the link to the Online Financial Aid Application (PFS-Parent Financial Statement) and additional information downloads.
  • When is the deadline to apply?

    The annual deadline to apply for Financial Aid for the next academic year is January 17.  Late applications are considered if there are still funds available, after on-time applications have been reviewed.
  • We are able to cover the first year's tuition on our own. After that, we would need financial aid. Can we submit a financial aid applicaton after our child is enrolled?

    Viewpoint maintains a small emergency fund for continuing families who entered as full-pay students, but then later, after enrollment, encountered dramatic, unforeseeable financial reversals.  We are certainly happy to help where we can.  However, we strongly discourage the approach of applying as a full-pay student if a family knows that they have pre-existing financial needs not disclosed at time of admission.  This is a risky proposition that should be avoided because there is no guarantee that the school can provide assistance, meaning that the student may have to withdraw.  When a family submits an application for admission without corresponding financial aid application, they are, in effect, stating that they’re able to cover educational costs for the upcoming year and foreseeable future.  Therefore, Viewpoint budgets accordingly and reserves our limited financial aid dollars for families with greater need.
  • What are Viewpoint's expectations regarding divorced or separated families requesting Financial Aid?

    Viewpoint’s Board of Trustees has mandated that the School must consider the assets of both natural parents, if living, before making any award of Financial Aid. The School cannot be bound by the claim that one parent denies responsibility for educational expenses.
     
    In view of this policy, both natural parents, therefore, are required to complete the Financial Aid application form and to provide financial information. In addition, it is the responsibility of the primary custodial parent to ask the non-custodial parent to fill out the additional application.
     
    Until this information is provided, the Financial Aid Committee will consider a Financial Aid file incomplete and will be unable to make a decision on the application.
     
    If either parent has remarried or is living with another adult who is contributing to the household income, the School will consider the assets of the stepparent or live-in person, always bearing in mind that the primary responsibility for payment rests with the natural parents.
     
  • What are Viewpoint's expectations regarding a non-working parent?

    In the dissemination of Financial Aid, the policy implemented by Viewpoint’s Board of Trustees is as follows:  Both parents are expected to make every attempt to contribute financially to the education of their child.
     
    If there is a non-working spouse in a family with no children below school age, the School’s policy requires that a statement be provided to the Financial Aid Committee explaining why.
     
  • Whom can I contact for more information?

    If we can assist you with anything else not covered here, please feel free to contact us at any time:

    Patrick LaBo, Admission & Financial Aid Coordinator (patrick.labo@viewpoint.org; 818-591-6560)

    Marcela Ruiz, Assistant Director of Financial Aid (mruiz@viewpoint.org; 818-591-6572)

    Laurel Baker Tew, Chief Enrollment Officer (lbtew@viewpoint.org; 818-591-6580).