Financial Aid

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Application Procedures | Important Dates | Additional Resources

Objectives & Policies

In keeping with Academy at the Lakes’ values, we are committed to maintaining a diverse student body of academically-qualified and mission-appropriate students.

We understand and appreciate the investment that families make when they enroll at Academy at the Lakes. We do our best to assist families who qualify for need-based financial aid, and we expect that each family will contribute an appropriate amount toward their child’s education.

    • Academy at the Lakes has a limited amount of financial aid we can award each year, and requests for aid typically outnumber the amount we are able to provide.

    • We require all students to go through the admissions process before we review their financial aid files, which allows us to make admissions decision without regard to financial need.

    • It is our school policy to keep all financial aid applications and awards completely confidential. Likewise, it is the expectation that our financial aid recipients do the same.

    • Families should keep in mind that Upper Division students are more likely to receive a need-based financial award than Middle or Lower Division students.

Financial Aid Application Procedures

We use Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) to process our financial aid applications. FAST is a service of Independent School Management.

Based on the financial information you provide, FAST gives us an estimated amount that your family can contribute to educational expenses.

This helps our school make fair and objective financial aid decisions. Financial Aid requests must be renewed annually, as awards are made for one year only.

 
To begin your financial aid application for the 2014-2015 school year, follow these steps below. (Please note: this is an online application)

    1. Click here to begin filling our your financial aid application. You only need to complete one PFS even if you have several children applying to our school.

    2. You will be select a username and password that will allow you to return to your financial aid application at a later date before submitting it. Your information will be secure.

    3. You will be given instructions about submitting additional documents. Academy at the Lakes requires two years of tax returns, along with W-2 and all supporting schedules.

Financial Aid Calendar

January 15, 2014 – Deadline for Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) applications for currently enrolled families

February 2, 2015 – New applicant deadline for FAST forms, 2013 income tax return documents, and 2014 W-2

February 17, 2015 – Admission application deadline for JK through Grade 12

March 13, 2015 – Notification letters & award letters mailed to JK through Grade 12 applicants

May 15, 2015 – 2014 income tax return documents due to school (new and returning families)

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Additional information may be found on in the FAST Parent User Guide.

If you have any questions, please call 1-877-326-FAST or email help@ismfast.com. Help is available 24/7/365.