Tuition and Tuition Assistance
The Walsh Jesuit Board of Trustees has evaluated and calculated the tuition amount for the 2015-16 school year. For the 2015-16 school year, tuition will be $11,000 and there will be a general fee of $425.
In order to ensure that a Walsh Jesuit education remains a possibility for students from a wide spectrum of economic backgrounds, our school's Tuition Assistance Program attempts to provide a Walsh Jesuit education to every deserving student, regardless of circumstance. The funds from the Tuition Assistance Program are generated by the school's endowment fund and donations restricted to financial aid by the benefactor. Tuition assistance is awarded based solely on need and not for academic or athletic achievement.
The Tuition Assistance Committee, comprised of administrators and guidance staff, determine tuition assistance grants based on the evaluation of financial need provided by FAIR (Financial Aid Independent Review). FAIR is a nationally recognized leader in financial need evaluation services for private schools. FAIR will process the financial aid applications and provide an objective evaluation of each family's financial need. There are no income limits to applying for assistance. Each family's unique financial situation is considered when assessing need.
Beginning February, 2015, families may apply on-line at www.fairapp.com. To submit your application on-line, you will need the following information:
• School Code: 180
• School Password: WJHS180
• Valid email address
• Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard to complete payment processing)
• Copy of 2014 Federal Income Tax Return with all schedules and W-2's for support.
To begin the on-line application process, parents should go to www.fairapp.com and click on the "On-line Application" link. You can then create a user account using your email address and a password that you select. Once you have created a user account and signed in, you will be able to complete the FAIR application on-line.
If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the Business Office to obtain an application form, instructions, and mailing envelope.
Note: In the case of a divorced family, Walsh Jesuit requires both divorced parents to complete an application or provide court documentation stating one parent has no financial responsibility and no custodial rights. The school will not consider tuition assistance for a student until both parent's applications are complete. If you have remarried you will need to complete the application and include information about the stepparent's income, expenses, assets, and debt.
The deadline for tuition assistance applications for returning students is April 15, 2015.
Applicants who meet this deadline will receive a letter
For the 2014-15 school year, Walsh Jesuit provided in excess 1.6 million in tuition assistance to approximately 30% of our students. Tuition assistance awards are grants, and therefore, do not require any type of re-payment.
If you have questions about the tuition assistance process or how to apply, please contact:
Mr. Rob Eubank '85
Director of Admissions
330.929.4205, ext 103.
- FAIR and Tuition Assistance – Please click here to read more about FAIR and Tuition Assistance, as well as how to apply online. There is no fee to apply for Tuition Assistance consideration. Parents who are divorced are both REQUIRED to apply separately to FAIR in order for a student to be considered for Tuition Assistance, regardless of custody agreements or support. A copy of your 2014 tax return is required in order to complete the process.
Walsh Jesuit continues to offer alternatives for paying tuition with several payment options which have no fees. All tuition payment plans will be administered by FACTS Tuition Management Systems (FACTS). All families are REQUIRED to enroll in a payment plan option with FACTS. If you are a returning family you already have a FACTS account, if you are an incoming family after your registration has been processed, an email invite will be sent for you to enroll in a FACTS account. If you already have a FACTS account from a grade school that account can be used, just use that login information when you receive the email invite. FACTS offers several different payment plan options, below is a listing of the different plans:
- 1-payment – due July 20th,
- 2-payments – due July 20th and December 20th
- 4-payments – due July 20th, October 20th, January 20th, and April 20th,
- 10-payments – due July 20th to April 20th,
- 12-payments – due June 20th to May 20th, (Note that payments begin in JUNE)
For all payment options, you may elect automatic payment from a checking or savings account (ACH), check or money order through the mail, and credit card payments with MasterCard. VISA is not currently an option for credit card processing, credit card payments have a processing fee of 2.5% added to each transaction. Here is a link to FACTS
- Tuition Assistance for Current Students – Families of freshmen, sophomores and juniors who will be returning for the 2015-16 school year MUST apply EACH year for tuition assistance consideration. Awards are NOT automatically renewed. Here is what you need to know:
The application process is now open to apply for tuition assistance for next school year. Click here to begin. The deadline to apply for tuition assistance is Wednesday, April 15. THERE WILL BE NO EXTENSIONS FOR LATE APPLICATIONS THIS YEAR! The tuition assistance funds will be allocated based upon need, and the number of applicants who complete the process. Once the April 15th deadline arrives, all applications will be processed and tuition assistance grants will be awarded. Please do not ask for consideration beyond the deadline, as allocation of tuition assistance Funds will have been completed, and there will be no funds whatsoever held in reserve.
You will need your 2014 tax return along with the supporting W-2s and wage documents, as well as access to a fax machine in order to complete the online application. For those families unable to complete the online application, you may request a paper application from the Walsh Jesuit Business Office by contacting Vicky Kilway at 330-929-4205, ext. 126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for the Order Form.
It is August, hard to believe! We are looking forward to another great year of saving with TRIP and helping all your families and your schools! Here is some important information for the TRIP Program at your school this year:
- Attached you will find the TRIP 2015-2016 Schedule. TRIP will basically run every week that school is open. All of your TRIP drop-offs and pick-ups will still be on Wednesday morning, as they were last year. Please inform your families to have their TRIP orders in the TRIP box by 9am Wednesday morning, and that their TRIP certificates will be available for pick-up after noon on the next Wednesday.
- I have also attached the TRIP Brochure and Fall Order Form. Please use these to inform your families either by email, web posting, or printing out and supplying them to your parents at New Family or Orientation Meetings in the coming weeks. Please do everything possible to communicate with your families, as this is the best time of year to get people back in to the habit of saving with TRIP!
- We supplied you all with brochure/order form holders last year. Please be sure these are filled. If you need more brochure holders, just let me know. If we can help you out by supplying order forms or brochures, please just let us know. Also, our website is still up and running with TRIP information and TRIP forms available for download: www.tripconsultantsllc.com. You can easily provide this link to your families via email or website posting.
- As always, we are more than happy to attend any New Family Meetings or Orientations if it would help if we could be there to inform your families of how TRIP works. Please contact me and we will put your meeting on our schedule.
- Our first TRIP order to start out the school year will be Wednesday, August 19. Please let your families know! We will be stopping by to pick up your orders that morning. If your school is not going to be placing an order for any reason that day, please let us know so we don’t drive out for pick up.
Ryan and I will be working together with each of you this year in processing all your TRIP orders and getting them delivered. Ryan’s cell phone is 216-402-2870, if you ever are unable to get in contact me with please feel free to contact him as well. Ryan and I both communicate via email using the trip email address: Lynelle@tripconsultantsllc.com.
Looking forward to another great year, enjoy the last little bit of your summer!
Click here for more information on TRIP.
TRIP Consultants SOUTH
Lynelle Cook Ryan Cook
TRIP is a gift card rebate program that allows your family to reduce tuition at Walsh Jesuit. A percentage of each gift card purchased through TRIP is credited to your family's TRIP account. Twice a year, TRIP sends a payment to Walsh Jesuit to reduce your tuition. Each gift card contains a percentage rebate indicated on the order form. Of that rebate, 75% is credited to your TRIP account. The remaining 25% is the fee to run the program. For example, if you order $100 worth of Donato's gift cards, your percentage rebate would be 10%. The amount of money that equals is $10.00. Of that $10.00, $7.50 is credited to your TRIP account. The other $2.50 makes up the fee to run the program.
If your family prefers, you may opt to participate in TRIP, but instead of crediting tuition you may donate your rebate as a tax deductible gift to the Walsh Jesuit Ignatian Fund in support need-based tuition assistance. Indicate on your order form you wish to make a donation.
TRIP at Walsh Jesuit is NOT mandatory. The program is optional and available to everyone, associated with Walsh Jesuit or not. Businesses may choose to purchase gift cards through TRIP at Walsh Jesuit and the rebate may be credited to a specific student or to the Ignatian Fund.
Tuition Assistance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. Does Walsh Jesuit offer tuition assistance?
A. Yes. We offer tuition assistance based on financial need only. We do not offer athletic, arts or academic scholarships.
Q. Will I get the same amount for all four years that my child attends Walsh Jesuit?
A. Probably. We try to keep the tuition assistance as constant as possible but because it is based on financial need, the award amount could vary if the family finances materially change, up or down, year-over-year. This need calculation is made through the FAIR application process. We are also dependent on the generosity of alumni, families, friends and investment returns. There is no guarantee that the amount of funds available for assistance will be the same every year.
Q. Do I have to re-apply for tuition assistance every year?
A. YES! Since family financial situations change every year we do re-evaluate the tuition assistance and it can increase or decrease in response to the level of family need.
Q. How do I apply for tuition assistance?
A. We have contracted with a third party to collect data and make an unbiased recommendation of family financial need. The web site is www.FAIRapp.com. FAIR does not make financial aid awards; Walsh Jesuit does. FAIR recommends family need to Walsh Jesuit.
Q. Who does FAIR distribute the results to?
A. FAIR takes your family’s information and makes a calculation of the financial need. This information is given to Walsh Jesuit ONLY and it is NOT shared with other high schools. Many other schools use other vendors, such as PSAS. Note that Walsh Jesuit does not receive any information from PSAS. FAIR does not make tuition assistance awards. FAIR is a third party that we contract with to calculate family need.
Q. What is the deadline to apply for tuition assistance?
A. Incoming freshmen students need to apply by November 30, 2014 for the 2015/2016 school year. The deadline for families with students that will be returning for their sophomore, junior or senior years is April 15, 2015. Therefore, if you have both an incoming freshman and a returning student, you are required to fill out the FAIR application twice. The November filing for freshman students is NOT used to determine tuition assistance for returning students.
Q. What do I do if I have a current student(s) and an incoming freshman?
A. You need to fill out the FAIR application by November 1, 2014 for incoming freshman and AGAIN by April 15, 2015 for returning students. Walsh Jesuit requires the financial information to be updated to award tuition assistance for returning students. Note that this entails you filling out a FAIR report twice, once by November 1, 2014 providing your 2013 tax return and again by April 15 providing your 2014 tax return.
Q. What information is required from FAIR?
A. In order to be fair to all families, FAIR requires very specific information about your family size, savings, stocks, bonds, debt, home value, vehicles and requires a copy of the most recent tax return to name some of the information. FAIR securely destroys all of the paperwork after it is entered into their system.
Q. Will FAIR communicate with me?
A. Yes. They will communicate various email messages to keep you up to date on the status of your application. Please use an email address that you check regularly and check the junk folder for correspondence. Please respond to FAIR until you get an email stating that your application is complete. If you do not get the completion notification, you will NOT be considered for tuition assistance.
Q. How will I know if the FAIR application is complete?
A. FAIR communicates several times with each application. They will notify you via email if information is missing, such as your tax return, or if additional information is needed. Check your spam folder for emails from FAIR. Please note that your application is not complete until you get an email from FAIR stating that they have all of the data. This is critical as Walsh Jesuit will not make tuition assistance awards when the FAIR application is NOT complete.
Q. How does the process work?
A. Walsh Jesuit has established a team comprised of representatives from the academic, counseling, admissions and finance groups at the school. Each family is reviewed individually. We are not able to meet all financial need but we target a very high percentage that could change based on the amount of money available and the amount requested. The process is very time consuming, rigorous and very fair to applicants.
Q. What if I’m late?
A. If a family is late in submitting all information to FAIR they will be placed on a tuition assistance wait list regardless of what grade the student is in. Tuition assistance will be considered if, and only if, there are any funds remaining. It is in your best interest to apply on time and ensure that all data is submitted to FAIR. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Q. If I do not receive tuition assistance in the first year, can I be considered for subsequent years?
A. Yes. You will still need to complete the FAIR application each year. As previously stated, tuition assistance is not automatically renewed every year.
Q. Do I have to file with FAIR if I participate in the Emmaus program?
A. Yes. It is a requirement in order to remain eligible to participate in the Emmaus Program.
Q. What if I file an extension for my federal tax return (1040)?
A. Per the instructions on FAIR’s web site, send in a copy of the current tax year extension, current tax year W-2's and the previous tax year tax return.
Q. If I am divorced, do both biological parents have to file?
A. Yes. Resources from both biological parents’ finances will be considered in awarding tuition assistance.
Q. My ex-spouse is responsible for payment of tuition expenses as part of our divorce decree. Do both of us still need to complete the FAIR Application?
A. Yes. FAIR will make a recommendation to the school based upon the financial condition of both parents. Please be sure to make note of the divorce decree ruling on the FAIR application in the notes section.
Q. My ex-spouse refuses to complete the FAIR application. What do I do?
A. Unfortunately, unless both parents complete the application, your student will not be considered for Tuition Assistance. FAIR is a third party vendor that keeps all information confidential.
Q. Will I get more money if I have more than one student?
A. We review each family on a case-by-case basis. Since incoming freshman and returning students are offered assistance at different times, we may adjust the tuition assistance to the returning student to better accommodate the total family financial need especially since the tuition assistance is based on two different years of financial data. Walsh Jesuit does not offer “blanket” tuition assistance for multiple family members.
Q. How much does it cost to complete the FAIR application?
A. Zero. Walsh Jesuit pays the fee for the application. If the web site asked for a credit card, you will not be charged.
Q. What if I have additional questions?
A. Questions about FAIR can be found on their website. You can also contact the Admissions Office at 330-929-4205 extension 153.
Q. I don’t have access to a computer to complete the web-based application for FAIR. Is there a paper form that I can complete, and send along the required documentation to FAIR by mail?
A. Yes. Please phone or stop by the Business Office here at school and we will provide you with a paper application.