Open Window’s Financial Aid Office consists of the director of finance and operations (DFO) and controller. These financial aid officers determine a student’s eligibility for aid and the amount of the award based upon the family’s demonstrated need. All financial award recommendations by the Financial Aid Office are reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee for final approval. The Financial Aid Committee includes the controller, the DFO, the head of school, and the director of admissions. All discussions and communications regarding the determination of eligibility for aid are kept strictly confidential.
Admissions decisions are based on a variety of factors; however, a student’s eligibility for admission is assessed separately from the financial aid process. In determining eligibility for admission, the Admissions Committee is not aware if a family has applied for financial aid.
The financial aid process requires families to provide information of an inherently personal nature and Open Window School adheres to the highest standards of confidentiality. Applicants are evaluated for eligibility for admission prior to the sharing of any financial aid information with the admissions office. The Financial Aid Committee reviews the applicant’s financial information in order to approve award decisions. The school does not disclose the financial status of families to teachers or other families. In the case of separated and/or divorced parents, no information will be given by the school to either parent regarding the other parent’s financial disclosures. The school safeguards the confidentiality of financial aid applications, records, and decisions while respecting the right of each family to discuss its own financial aid outcomes in an appropriate manner.
In order for a family to be considered for financial aid for the next school year, they must apply by the deadline each year. The size of awards will continue to depend upon demonstrated need, the number of financial aid applicants, and dollars available.
Current families applying for financial aid must submit an Academic Enrollment and Tuition Contract and the required deposit by the re-enrollment deadline. In the event that the financial aid award is insufficient for re-enrollment, contact the Controller by the requested aid acceptance date and the paid tuition deposit will be refunded.
Submit the financial aid application materials by the financial aid deadline and return the Academic Enrollment and Tuition Contract and required deposit by the re-enrollment deadline. In the event that the financial aid award is insufficient for re-enrollment, contact the Controller by the requested aid acceptance date and the paid tuition deposit will be refunded.
Most financial aid awards are made in the spring following the Financial Aid Deadline. However, please contact Hongmei Li, Controller, at email@example.com to find out if any aid remains available and review mid-year procedures before submitting financial aid application paperwork.
Financial aid at Open Window is determined by a family’s ability to meet educational expenses. It is the position of the school that divorced or separated parents retain the obligation to contribute to the education of their children unless one parent has legally been granted sole custody of the student and assumes all financial obligations for that child. The assets of both parents will be considered before making any award; the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility, without legal authority, for educational expenses does not apply. If either parent has remarried, we will consider also the assets of the stepparent, always bearing in mind the obligation of that stepparent to his or her own natural children.
The income and assets of all parents and guardians who have never been married or who are separated or divorced will be used to determine the family’s need for aid.