The financial aid program at Norfolk Collegiate School provides students an opportunity for a quality education. The program also provides our school community with a well-qualified student body reflecting a broad social and economic community. The ability to pay full tuition is not a deciding factor in determining whether or not a promising young person may attend our school.
How Need is Determined
While the primary responsibility for financing a student's independent school education rests with the family, Norfolk Collegiate has limited funds available for need-based financial aid. A financial aid decision and an admission decision are made separately. A student applies for admission prior to filing for financial assistance; there is a separate non-refundable admissions fee.
Norfolk Collegiate School is committed to making assistance available to as many eligible applicants as possible. Thus the availability of school resources, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints will impact financial assistance decisions as will the timing of the financial aid application submission. It is important to meet the application submission deadline of March 1 because the majority of budgeted financial aid is awarded in March.
To allocate our resources impartially, we have enlisted the help of Independent School Management's F.A.S.T. (Financial Aid for School Tuition) program. The F.A.S.T. program does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give; the F.A.S.T. program provides a need-based financial aid analysis service. Norfolk Collegiate School is provided with a confidential report, which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information received from F.A.S.T. is kept confidential. Applications are reviewed by a Financial Aid Committee comprised of school administrators. Based on the committee's decision, the amount of assistance awarded to each financial aid recipient is within the limits of the financial aid budget of Norfolk Collegiate School.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
1. Complete the Norfolk Collegiate Financial Aid Interest Form
. Each student’s family, whether currently enrolled or a new applicant to our school, must submit all required forms annually to the Business Office.
2. Access the F.A.S.T. Program website specifically for Norfolk Collegiate School applicants.
To proceed, click the Get Started
button at the bottom of the first page. All your financial information should be entered directly through their secure server. Space is also provided to fill out additional information that may be pertinent to your application. Please complete the Checklist for Documents Needed and mail all documents directly to F.A.S.T. Processing. Be sure to include your completed 2013 federal tax return 1040 and state tax return.
3. There will be a non-refundable fee of $38.00 required to process this application. Payment may be made by MasterCard or VISA. Once completed, the application will be available immediately for the Financial Aid Committee’s review. You may be contacted by the Business Office if additional information is needed.
4. The primary responsibility for financing a student’s education rests with the family. Both parents are expected to contribute to tuition. If a parent chooses not to work, Norfolk Collegiate School imputes an annual income for a non-working parent. Norfolk Collegiate School believes a family should invest in their child’s education before elective expenses, for example, secondary home ownership, club memberships, and expensive car leases/purchases.
5. In the case of divorce or separation, Norfolk Collegiate School requires both parents to file an application for financial assistance. Norfolk Collegiate School is not bound by any divorce agreement specifying a parent’s responsibility for educational expenses.
6. For additional information, please download our Checklist of Documents Needed for Financial Aid Document.
All financial information is held in strict confidence and is reviewed only by those directly responsible for determining need. Admission to the school is independent of need, and a family is informed of any award only after admission to the school has been offered
. For more information about financial aid at Norfolk Collegiate School, please contact Nelda Nutter