Think you can’t afford an excellent independent school education? Think again!
What is Variable Tuition?
Variable Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program similar to those used by many private schools. This program allows families to apply for reduced tuition that is right for their families’ financial situation. Thus, this makes a Ware Academy education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community.
How does Variable Tuition work?
Any family (current or new) of a full time preschool through eighth grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at Ware Academy. Many factors are considered when determining the tuition amount a family is able to pay. This includes income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family. The resources available for the family in a given year must also be considered in light of the Variable Tuition awards available at Ware.
An application for Variable Tuition does not affect the re-enrollment or admission process. Regardless of financial need, parents should initiate the re-enrollment or admission process as early as possible. Families may apply for Variable Tuition only after they have applied for re-enrollment or admission to the school.
It is not possible for a family or the school to estimate the tuition level for which a family qualifies without the completion of a Variable Tuition application. Applications are submitted directly to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment (FACTS), a third party agency. FACTS evaluates the application based on criteria set by the school and makes a recommendation to the Variable Tuition committee. Families are notified of the tuition level for which they qualify from the school’s financial office.
Unfortunately, the school is not able to provide Variable Tuition to every deserving student. We work within the available resources to make the school accessible to as many students and families as possible.
Do I need to apply to Ware Academy to receive confirmation of Variable Tuition?
Upon completion of my Variable Tuition application will I receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition award?
Typically, within 2 weeks of providing all required information to our confidential third party service we will have the information needed to make your award.
Should every new family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families who feel that they may not be able to reach the top range of the Variable Tuition should submit an application.
Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?
Yes. A new application is required to be submitted each year. If you don’t qualify one year, you are welcome to apply the following year.
Do I apply for admission separately from applying for Variable Tuition?
Yes. For new students, application to Ware Academy and application for Variable Tuition are two separate processes. However, new families may complete both applications simultaneously.
Are some families awarded full tuition?
No. Every family is required to make a financial investment in their child’s education. Our commitment to providing Variable Tuition means that we are sharing in that investment with you. No family will receive Variable Tuition that is less than the published range.
Who should I contact with questions regarding Variable Tuition?
Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to the Head of School, the Business Office and the Director of Enrollment.