Making The Winchendon School Education Affordable
The Financial Aid Program is designed to make a Winchendon School education possible for all families based on demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds. We understand and appreciate the financial commitment families undertake in deciding to send their children to Winchendon. As a school, we are aware that private school tuition is a considerable investment. For the 2023-2024 school year, between the two campuses, the School awarded approximately $5 million in need-based financial aid to those families who have completed the Financial Aid application process and qualify for need-based aid. Winchendon’s policy is to make admissions decisions separate from Financial Aid decisions. However, each year the demand for financial aid increases. We find we are not able to meet the needs of every family applying, and, unfortunately, some applicants may be placed on a waitlist for Admissions. While we do have a generous financial aid budget, we cannot guarantee funding to everyone who qualifies.
The Financial Aid Application Process
The Winchendon School is proud to use the Clarity Application to determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the application which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts.
To get started, please go to the Clarity Application and create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is also mobile-friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time. At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge. Simply use the dropdown menu in the application to select those schools.
Please remember to return to your dashboard after you complete and submit your Clarity Application, as The Winchendon School requires you to upload additional tax documentation, including this year’s forms.
The deadline for completing the financial aid application including relevant supplemental documents is February 15th.
If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available through the “Help” button in the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at email@example.com or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish. The application itself is also fully translated into Spanish.
Financial Aid Timeline
- Start of the financial aid application process
- Create an account with Clarity
- Search for The Winchendon School and select MA or NYC campus
February 15 – Deadline for uploading all required documents.
February 28 – Deadline for submitting additional tax documents.
March 10 – Admission and Financial Aid decisions sent out. After March 10th, financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants who have completed their financial aid applications until financial aid has all been allocated.
April 10 – Finally, contracts and deposits are due.
Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions
Where to Next?
Due to the nature of financial aid and dependence upon tax documentation to complete a family’s application, the financial aid committee must make most of their decisions after March 1. All applications for financial aid will be considered if funds are available, and notification will be sent on March 10.
Yes. International applicants should complete, the same PFS that a domestic applicant completes. All income reported must be converted to US Dollars.
For parents who are divorced, separated, or have never been married, we require each parent to complete a separate financial aid application. We expect all parents, guardians, domestic partners, and/or step-parents to play an appropriate role in financing and supporting their student’s education.
The Winchendon School subscribes to the guiding principles that the primary responsibility for the cost of a child’s education resides with the family and that financial aid must be based on demonstrated need, not on willingness or unwillingness to pay. The Financial Aid committee utilizes all data provided through the PFS and tax documents submitted and verified by Clarity to determine a family’s “demonstrated need” – demonstrated need is the difference between the cost of education at the Winchendon School and a family’s expected contribution to that education.
We are committed to funding students for the duration of their enrollment. However, families must reapply for financial aid each year.
The Winchendon School considers a family’s income, assets and number of siblings enrolled in tuition-charging schools in order to qualify a family for financial aid.
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