Tuition Assistance

Providing your child with the best education possible can mean a significant financial investment. At Meridian, we aspire to attract families for whom quality education is a priority and a commitment; our goal is to provide access for qualified students regardless of a family’s ability to pay the full cost of tuition.

 

Tuition assistance is available to parents who qualify on the basis of information provided to Meridian through the School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS. To apply for tuition assistance, please refer to the steps below. Tuition assistance is awarded on the basis of established need and is subject to the availability of funds. Applying for tuition assistance does not effect a student’s chances of admission.

How to apply

Applications for tuition assistance are available online directly through Ravenna’s SSS portal. To apply for tuition assistance, your family will need to complete a Parent Financial Statement (PFS).

The following steps outline the application process, required documents, and timeline.

  • Starting Nov. 1, 2017, go to Ravenna’s SSS portal.
  • Create an account if you are a new user, and then follow the “Complete your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS)” link and begin your application.
  • Submit and pay for the PFS. Fee waiver requests can be made within the PFS online system.
  • Upload copies of the required documents (listed below) to your SSS account OR email, mail, or hand deliver to Meridian’s Business Office.

Additional required documents:

  • 2016 income statements. This includes W2s, unemployment statements, and Social Security income statements.
  • 2016 IRS Form 1040 and relevant schedules. We also ask that business owners and those in partnerships include a Schedule C, Schedule E, Form 1120, and or K-1.
  • 2016 IRS Form 4506-t. Complete lines 1-4 and sign. Do not submit the form to the IRS.
  • Additional documents may be requested.

Timeline: The PFS and all additional required documents are due Jan. 19, 2018.

Please be sure to list The Meridian School as a recipient when submitting your application. Families must complete a new application each year.

Understanding Your Family Report
After your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) has been received and processed, you can view your Family Report in the Parents’ Financial Statement Online. The Family Report shows you how SSS estimates the amount your family can contribute to educational expenses (your “Estimated Family Contribution”). Reviewing the Family Report can help you understand the information that schools have to work with as they make tuition assistance decisions. Click here to learn how SSS estimates your family contribution.

Marilyn Easton Endowment Scholarships

Established by The Meridian School’s Board of Trustees, the Marilyn Easton Endowment Fund provides scholarships for students of color demonstrating significant financial need. The Fund was established with the purpose of increasing access to a Meridian education in order to further our commitment to equity and inclusion and our effort to build an economically and racially diverse school community.

The fund has exceeded $2.033 million, $500,000+ of which was directly contributed by members of Meridian’s donor community.

If you believe your child(ren) may qualify for an endowment scholarship, please indicate this when completing your tuition assistance application via SSS.

Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $22,263 (K-2) and $22,463 (3-5). The difference in tuition cost reflects the increased cost of field trips for the upper grades.