Financial Aid Philosophy
Flintridge Prep strives to offer all qualified student-applicants access to an independent school education. We seek students from diverse backgrounds who aspire to academic excellence, personal growth and active participation in the school community.
Financial aid is granted on the basis of demonstrated family financial need. We follow the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Principles of Good Practice for Financial Aid Administration, including the determination for admission without regard to a student's application for financial aid.
The NAIS benchmark for tuition assistance provided by independent schools is 20% to 25% of students receiving average grants of 50% tuition. Flintridge Prep currently meets the highest NAIS guideline, with 27% of students receiving assistance, with grants ranging from 8% to 100% of tuition. The average grant is approximately 59% of tuition.
Financial Aid Procedure
Annually, the Board of Trustees sets the financial aid budget. After need has been analyzed, a committee appointed by the headmaster determines the amount of the award for each applicant.
The amount of the financial aid award is based on demonstrated family need as determined by an analysis of the confidential financial information the family submits through FAST system (described below) to the Director of Finance. If applicable, non-custodial parents must also complete a FAST application. Though families are required to apply annually for financial aid, it is almost always renewed by the Financial Aid Committee, subject to the family's continued need and the student's academic progress and satisfactory school citizenship.
All financial information and documents are kept in the strictest confidence. Our admissions committee is never aware of whether an applicant is applying for financial aid, and our Financial Aid Committee looks at financial aid applications only after a decision has been made to admit a student to the school.
Please note that the application for financial aid is a separate and second process in addition to the application for admission to Flintridge Prep. If your family is interested in applying for financial aid, it is your responsibility to complete the on-line ISM FAST financial aid application, and to submit tax information by the deadlines noted.
Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST)
Flintridge Prep offers an online application for new applicants and re-enrolling students. The application is called Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST). The application usually doesn’t take longer than an hour to complete. You can complete the application at your convenience, night or day.
Please follow the guidelines at FAST online. The deadline to complete the financial aid application is Monday, January 25, 2021.
Final 2020 federal and state tax returns are a required part of the completed financial aid application. We understand that may be difficult as it is early in the calendar year so drafts are acceptable until final copies can be submitted to FAST. Please upload or mail your 2020 federal and state tax returns, drafts or final, by Friday, February 5, 2021. If you choose to mail to FAST, the address is:
1316 N. Union St.
Wilmington, DE 19806
Please do not send originals, fax, or email your tax information.
The fee to apply for financial aid is $45; it is non-refundable, payable by MasterCard, Visa, or American Express and will show as a charge to Independent School Management. If the fee presents a financial challenge, please contact Kim Kinder, Director of Operations, at 818.949.5518 to request an ISM-FAST fee waiver.
If you are applying to other schools that also use FAST for financial aid analysis, additional applications will cost $10. FAST will e-mail you a PIN and personalized link for additional applications. You must use the PIN and link to apply to each additional school at a reduced rate of $10. Please contact the FAST Call Center at 877.326.FAST (3278) if you need any assistance applying to multiple schools.
If you have additional questions about the financial aid application process, see our Financial Assistance FAQs. If you have a question that you don’t see answered in our FAQs, please call Kim Kinder, Director of Operations, at 818.949.5518.
Click here to apply for financial aid. The deadline to complete the application is Monday, January 25, 2021. Decisions will be emailed on March 5, 2021.