Financial Aid

Financial Aid at the Churchill School and Center

The Churchill School and Center builds community on the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. To help realize Churchill's vision of education available for all, the school maintains a financial aid program. At Churchill, “need” is defined as the difference between the family’s resources and the child’s tuition expenses. To evaluate need, Churchill uses formulas created by FAST. Parents applying for financial aid must complete the FAST Application.
For consideration in the first round of financial aid decisions, families should complete their financial aid application by January 8, 2021. Because funds are limited, it is crucial that families meet all financial aid deadlines.

If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQ or you can send an email to

Financial Aid FAQ

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Who can apply for financial aid?

    Funds are available for families seeking initial admission/enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. The Churchill School and Center imposes no income ceiling or minimum for families applying for financial aid.
  • Should I apply for financial aid?

    If you believe your financial resources are not sufficient to meet the cost of a Churchill School education, you are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid. SmartAid provides a common base by which each family’s needs can be measured fairly and equitably.
  • Does applying for financial aid influence the admission decision?

    No. The Churchill School does not use financial need as a consideration in determining a student’s eligibility for admission. The admissions and financial aid processes are separate and distinct. No decisions regarding financial aid are made until the child is accepted.
  • Who makes decisions about financial aid? Will this information remain confidential?

    Official financial aid grants are determined by demonstrated financial need and awarded by the Financial Aid Committee. All names of students receiving financial aid and all financial aid grant amounts remain confidential.
  • Who provides the funds for financial aid?

    The Churchill School and Center funds all financial aid grants. SmartAid does not make financial aid grants, nor does it provide the money for financial aid grants.
  • How do I apply for financial aid?

    The Churchill School and Center requires families to complete a financial aid application through the FAST website. As part of this application, The Churchill School and Center requires that a copy of the prior two years’ 1040 and W2 tax forms and supporting tax schedules (including K-1s if filed) be submitted. In addition, The Churchill School and Center may require recent pay stubs as well as documentation of other sources of income such as, but not limited to, social security payments, food stamps, public assistance, unemployment, child support, worker’s compensation, etc. 2019 year-end tax forms due April 15, 2020, will also be required when filed. For details, please refer to our Financial Aid Checklist & Timeline.
  • How soon should I apply for financial aid?

    Because requests for financial aid may exceed the funds available, it is important to apply as early as possible. Funds are allocated first to new applicants who meet the deadlines outlined in the Financial Aid Timeline. Financial aid grants will be presented at the time enrollment offers are extended. Applications for financial aid may be completed past the deadline of January 3, 2020, but will not be considered in the first round. While we strive to make a Churchill School education available to all qualified students, our financial aid funds are limited. Applicants who apply after the above deadline and are accepted may be placed in a Financial Aid Wait Pool. If funds remain available, Financial Aid Wait Pool applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Financial Aid Committee for a possible grant.
  • What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?

    Parents should submit their financial aid application to SmartAid by January 3, 2020. The copies of the 2019 tax returns (and all schedules) also should be sent directly to SmartAid by April 15. The Financial Aid Committee will notify families of accepted students of grants in February once tuition rates are finalized by the 3 Board of Trustees. Please refer to the Financial Aid Checklist & Timeline for more information.
  • How is financial need determined?

    Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost to attend The Churchill School and Center and a family’s ability to pay. The results of the Financial Aid Assessment are sent by SmartAid to The Churchill School and Center and to the family. It provides the school with a general recommendation regarding a family’s ability to pay for education. Major factors in determining financial need include, but are not limited to, home equity, supplemental income, payments to pension and retirement plans, discretionary spending, and lifestyle choices. Regardless of marital status, The Churchill School and Center requires both parents to submit separate Financial Aid Applications, tax information, and any other supporting documents that illustrate their financial situation. In addition, domestic partners, step-parents and non-custodial parents must also provide the same information. Consideration of the non-custodial parent will be based upon the belief that a parent’s contribution to education is a reflection of the ability to pay, not the willingness to pay. If there are unusual circumstances regarding the family situation or financial standing, you are welcome to contact the Financial Aid Committee for a personal conversation.
  • Do I have to apply for financial aid each year?

    Yes. Families must apply for financial aid annually. In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must meet financial aid criteria established by The Churchill School and Center and by SmartAid. A continued need must be demonstrated each year. It is the policy of the Financial Aid Committee to maintain grant funding consistently from year to year, always subject to current documented need and established criteria.
  • Is there a repayment obligation when a family receives financial aid from The Churchill School and Center?

    There is no obligation to repay a financial aid grant, with limited exceptions. If a family reaches an agreement with the Department of Education in which the amount reimbursed to the family is larger than the family’s Net Tuition (Private 4 Tuition minus Financial Aid Grants), the family must remit the difference to The Churchill School and Center.

    Example: Private Tuition rate = $60,000
    Financial Aid Grant = $10,000
    Net Tuition = $50,000
    Reimbursement Received = $58,000
    Remittance to Churchill = $8,000

    Churchill expects that families will pay their Net Tuition in full no later than June 30th of each academic year. Financial Aid Grants for successive years will be rescinded in the event that a family’s financial obligation is not met.
  • Can I receive financial aid while pursuing funding from the Department of Education?

    A family can receive financial aid while simultaneously pursuing funding as long as there is no existing agreement between the family and the Department of Education which provides for funding and/or placement at Churchill. If a family chooses to pursue reimbursement of tuition through the Department of Education and is successful in that pursuit, the family may be ineligible for financial aid the following school year. Families pursuing funding are required to regularly update the Business Office regarding the status of their case and must provide written consent to the Churchill School to speak with their counsel.
  • Can I appeal a financial aid decision?

    Families who are denied financial aid or have questions about their grant may contact the Financial Aid Committee in writing. Stating details that explain the concerns, the letter must be specific and contain new information that was not in the original financial aid application. The new information must be quantified and documented. Appeals that do not include new information will not be considered. Only one appeal is allowed. Appeals must be sent in writing to the Enrollment Management Office no later than May 1. Families who do not meet this deadline waive their right to appeal. All Financial Aid Committee decisions regarding appeals are final. All communication is between the Financial Aid Committee and the applicant’s family, except at the request and sole discretion of the Financial Aid Committee.


Note: Admissions decisions are made separately from financial aid decisions. Any student who applies to Churchill may apply for financial assistance. The Churchill School and Center imposes no income ceiling or minimum for families applying for financial aid.