Tuition & Financial Aid

TUITION & FEES

2020-2021 Tuition and Fee Schedules

FINANCIAL AID

An Episcopal education is an investment in your child’s future. We realize, however, that education costs are a significant financial commitment. For this reason, the school provides need-based financial aid for qualifying students.

In order to determine each family's need, Episcopal utilizes the School and Student Service Application (SSS) for Financial Aid. Admission to Episcopal is need-blind, which means that a student's financial situation does not influence the admission decision.

2020-2021 Financial Aid Applications

To apply for financial aid online, go to the School and Student Service Application (SSS) website. Episcopal's SSS code number is 3037. Additional details in the FAQ below.

CURRENT STUDENTS

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 17, 2020
  • REQUIRED ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS: 2018 tax return, most recent pay stub(s) or earnings statement(s)
  • AWARD NOTIFICATION: February 14, 2020

NEW STUDENTS

  • FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 14, 2020
  • REQUIRED ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS AND DEADLINE: February 15, 2020 - 2018 tax return, 2019 W-2s and/or 1099s, and most recent pay stub(s) or earnings statement(s)
  • AWARD NOTIFICATION: March 12, 2020

 

FINANCIAL AID Q&A

1. How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?

To start the financial aid process, please visit the Family Portal at the School and Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) here then follow these steps:

  1. Submit your Parent Financial Statement (PFS) by the appropriate deadline: January 17, 2021 (current ESJ students) or January 31. 2021 (new ESJ students). By signing the PFS electronically, you are indicating you have filled it out with the best available knowledge, and you agree to inform Episcopal of any changes to your financial situation. If you fail to do so, it could jeopardize your student's financial aid grant at any point during the process.
  2. Current ESJ families: please upload to the Family Portal your 2019 tax return.
  3. New ESJ families: please upload to the Family Portal your 2019 tax return, 2020 W-2s and/or 1099s, and most recent pay stub(s) or earnings statement(s).
  4. Episcopal may request additional financial information from you at any time, and we look forward to working with you during the process. Please call 1.800.344.8328 with questions about your PFS or about SSS by NAIS. Please call Episcopal's Admissions office at 904.396.7104 with questions specific to our school.
2. What kind of financial aid do you offer and when do I apply?

Our school offers only need-based financial aid. “Financial need” is generally defined as the difference between what it costs a student to attend our school and what that student’s family can afford to pay. There is no “income cutoff” or other simple method to determine whether a family will qualify for need-based aid. Episcopal encourages you to begin the admissions application process and apply for financial aid at the same time.

3. If I apply for financial aid, will that impact the school’s decision to accept my child?

No. Admissions decisions and financial aid decisions are made independent of each other. Episcopal fully supports all anti-discrimination laws and does not engage in any unlawful discrimination.

4. What costs does financial aid cover?

The financial aid award covers a portion of the cost of tuition. The award does not cover uniforms, books supplies or other incidental expenses.

5. Do I have to reapply each year for financial aid?

Yes. Each student's need is recalculated annually, so you are required to submit the PFS along with the other required documents each year for review by ESJ’s Financial Aid Committee.

6. If only one parent works outside the home, will my child be considered for financial aid?

We recognize that you have the freedom to make choices regarding your financial status. If only one parent works outside of the home, the Financial Aid Committee will add to the income of the family per school policy. An exception to this policy might occur if the parent at home is caring for a preschool-aged child, a child with a disability, a seriously ill child, parent or grandparent, or if there are other special circumstances. You should present these possible exceptions at the end of the PFS before submitting the form.

7. If I am single, divorced, or no longer living with my child’s other parent, what information will the Financial Aid Committee require in order to determine an award?

Episcopal believes that all parents have an obligation to contribute to the expense of educating their children. Assets and incomes of all natural and adoptive parents will be considered in making a financial aid award. All parents and guardians must complete the PFS and submit the required documents in order for the school to gain a realistic picture of family resources. The Financial Aid Committee will not be bound by a claim that one parent is not responsible for educational expenses.

If the custodial parent has not heard from the non-custodial parent for a period of time to be determined by the Financial Aid Committee or the involvement of the non-custodial parent is not in the best interest of the student, the above requirements may be waived. A letter of explanation and verification from a third party such as a minister, attorney or social worker will be required.

If either parent has remarried, we will consider the assets and earnings potential of the step-parent in conjunction with the natural parent and keep in mind the step-parent’s responsibility to his or her own children.

Please refer to our ESJ Enrollment Policy for Separate Households for more information.

Questions? Contact Marcus Wells '90, Director of Financial Aid, at [email protected].