St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School understands the cost of an independent school program is significant and we are committed to making the educational experience affordable to all students who meet our criteria for acceptance. Financial aid is an important component in strengthening the economic and social diversity of St. Mark's. Approximately 1 out of every 4 students receive some level of financial support.
Our financial aid program is based solely on financial need, rather than academic performance. Therefore, the Financial Aid committee relies soley on the information provided on the financial aid application. Financial aid is always contingent upon the availability of funds in any given year. Additional factors taken into account in the award decision process are family size, income, expenses, assets and liabilities, and spending priorities.
Grants of financial aid are not intended to cover 100% of the cost of tuition at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School. All families are expected to contribute to the cost of their student’s education. Below are the answers to many of the questions you may have about financial aid and how to apply.
Families interested in financial aid for the upcoming school year should apply as follows:
Application Period: October 1, 2018 - February 15, 2019
Step 2: Submit the required documentation as outlined below.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS 2019-2020
Due February 15, 2019: 2017 signed Tax Returns with all schedules AND 2018 W2
Due April 15, 2019: 2018 Federal Income Tax Return (1040), including all schedules and W-2/1099 forms
Required Documents must be submitted to SSS via a secure online upload. The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) Online Workbook (available upon login to SSS website) will take you step by step through this process. Timely submission of required documentation is the most important aspect of the process. Families applying for financial aid will be notified of their award by late February.
Financial need is determined by the School’s Financial Aid Committee, which uses the confidential Parents Financial Statement, income tax returns, and the School and Student Service for Financial Aid as a guide. School and Student Service collects information that is submitted by parents to assist our committee in determining need. Through all submitted materials, the committee then determines who receives aid and how much aid to grant.
In general, yes, if all children in the family are in school. We realize circumstances may make it impossible or very difficult for both parents to work outside the home in specific cases. Explaining such circumstances on your financial aid application and describing the non-working partner’s plans for eventual employment, are important.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School also accepts the “Step Up For Students” scholarship that is available to students entering Kindergarten or First Grade or students transferring to St. Mark’s from a public school in all grade levels. This scholarship program is based solely on income and number of people living in the household. Please visit www.stepupforstudents.org for eligibility and online application, or contact the Admission Office.
St. Mark’s participates in the OMCC program – tuition assistance for children of deployed service members and the MCCYN program – tuition assistance for children of active military stationed in the US.
To receive the tuition assistance, contact Child Care Aware and give them our provider number: 38748.
St. Mark’s participates in the child care subsidies for children of employees of the GSA, Army, Coast Guard, Customs & Border Protection, and the National Parks. Please contact your employer’s HR department to participate.
An independent day school for children age 1 through grade 6.