Need-Based Financial Aid

Oakridge offers financial aid to qualified students based on demonstrated need. Demonstrated need is defined most simply as the difference between the school's tuition and what the family can reasonably afford to pay. In order to determine the amount a family can reasonably pay for tuition, Oakridge uses the analysis of an outside, objective service called School and Student Service (SSS) by NAIS. To begin your financial assistance application, you will complete the SSS Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).You may begin the online application for financial assistance starting in early November. It is important to complete the PFS as early as possible. Applications can be submitted starting in January and Financial Assistance decisions will begin to be made in March.

Online application through SSS

  • Applications can be started in November and submitted in January
  • Separate process from Admissions application
  • Students must be accepted to the school before applications are reviewed

SSS application

  • Processed by third-party vendor
  • Self-guided and you may navigate in and out of the program allowing you to partially complete an application and resume at a later time.
  • Processing fee is $51
  • Supporting tax documentation (2018 tax returns, final 2018 pay stub(s), 2018 W-2 form(s)) must be mailed or scanned to SSS

Options to explore with your accountant or financial planner:

Coverdell Education Savings Account:

  • Allows you to deposit up to $2,000 per year in an investment account
  • Contributions are not tax deductible but you do not pay taxes on the earnings
  • Funds must be used to pay tuition and other qualified expenses (Kindergarten – 12th grade)
  • Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (see Publication 503; www.irs.gov)
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

Your employer must sponsor a Flex Spending Account (FSA). You can set aside up to $5,000 per plan year (typically plan year is a calendar year) in a FSA. Money contributed to FSA is a pre-tax deduction and therefore subtracted from your paycheck before income taxes and Social Security/Medicare taxes are withheld.

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