Applying for Financial Aid
Serra utilizes the services of TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services) to help determine a family’s eligibility for financial aid. All required documentation and payment must be sent directly to TADS.
Serra is committed to preserving confidentiality throughout the financial aid process. Therefore, the school requires that all recipients of financial aid sign a letter of acceptance and confidentiality agreement.
First priority for financial aid will be given to applicants who have submitted completed applications by the required deadline. Late or incomplete applications are at risk for full consideration.
Financial Aid FAQs
- When is the deadline to apply?
- Should I wait until my child is accepted before applying for Financial Aid?
- What are the expectations regarding divorced or separated families requesting Financial Aid?
- What is the School’s expectation regarding a non-working parent?
- Does Serra offer full tuition assistance?
- Are all requests for financial aid met?
No. A common misconception among first-time applicant families is that they should wait to hear about their child’s admission before applying for Financial Aid. Under no circumstances is it recommended that you wait, due to the timing of the admission notification which falls after the financial aid deadline. There is a risk that funds will have already been allocated by this time.
Serra’s Financial Aid Committee has mandated that the school must consider the assets of both natural parents, if living, before making any award of Financial Aid. The school cannot be bound by the claim that one parent denies responsibility for educational expenses. In view of this policy, both natural parents, are required to complete the Financial Aid application form and to provide financial information. In addition, it is the responsibility of the primary custodial parent to ask the non-custodial parent to fill out the additional application.
Until this information is provided, the Financial Aid application will be considered incomplete and the School will be unable to make a decision on the application. If either parent has remarried or is living with another adult who is contributing to the household income, the School will consider the assets of the stepparent or live-in person, always bearing in mind that the primary responsibility for payment rests with the natural parents.
You may contact TADS for assistance completing the application or to check application status.
TADS does not have award information.
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