Tuition & Financial Aid

Our robust financial aid program makes an exceptional education accessible to every student accepted into our program.

We are committed to supporting families for whom tuition would otherwise be a barrier to attendance. If you feel Epiphany School is the perfect fit for your child but out-of-reach financially, we strongly encourage you to apply for aid. The process is easy to navigate and fully confidential.

Epiphany School has a needs-blind admission process, which means that admission decisions are made independent of the financial aid award process. Only students accepted for admission are considered for financial aid awards.

The average tuition grant awarded in 2019-20 was $18,487. Students receiving tuition aid also receive a discount on Extended Day, Learning Skills, and one after-school club per semester at the same percentage as the tuition discount.

Financial aid at Epiphany School is awarded based on a family’s demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds. The maximum financial aid that can be awarded is 95 percent of total tuition. Financial data is required from both parents or legal guardians, unless only one parent is present in the child's life. Financial need and final award decisions are determined by the Financial Aid Committee after considering the unique circumstances of each individual family.

Financial Aid FAQs

How do I apply for financial aid?

Epiphany School uses Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) by the Independent School Management association to process financial aid applications. Only complete applications submitted by the February 6, 2020 deadline will be considered. Applying for financial aid is a three-step process:

Step 1 – Submit the online FAST application. For two-household families, each parent separately submits a FAST application. FAST will then combine the information to make a recommendation.

Step 2 – Upload copies of your filed tax return, including all schedules such as Schedule A, E, etc, and a signed, undated Form 4506-T to FAST. For two household families, each parent separately provides this information.

Step 3 – Submit your 2020 household budget to the Business Office. For two-household families, each parent separately submits the budget to the Business Office.

Will my child’s admission be affected if we apply for financial aid?

No. The Admission Committee evaluates students for admission separately from the financial aid process. Once admission decisions have been made, the Financial Aid Committee will then determine whether a student qualifies for an award and how much will be awarded.

Why does Epiphany School use the FAST system for financial aid applications?

FAST is an independent organization that collects and analyzes financial information in a standard format so that our Financial Aid Committee has the information needed to make its decisions. It also verifies the accuracy of the tax forms you provide to us. Our families tell us that it is simple to use, and FAST provides 24/7 support services to assist you in completing the process. If you find that you need additional assistance beyond what is provided by the FAST toll-free hotline, we are committed to aiding you in any way, including meeting with you one-on-one to assist you (e.g. support in entering your data into the FAST system). Please contact Lonnie Herring, Business Manager, at (206) 720-7651 or lherring@epiphanyschool.org to schedule an appointment.

How much does it cost to use FAST?

Epiphany School pays the FAST application fee. When you’ve entered all your information in FAST, you will be directed to an Application Processing screen. Enter your email address and click the Submit Application button.

How does Epiphany School determine the amount of financial aid each family receives?

The Financial Aid Committee will review the materials and analysis provided by FAST and your prospective household budget. These are provided to the committee with names redacted, to assure confidentiality. For two-household families, each parent enters data separately into FAST and FAST combines the data for a complete analysis. (Financial data for separated or divorced parents is never shared with the other parent.) The expected family contribution to tuition is based on the FAST recommendation, school policy, and the availability of funds. The family’s expected contribution will then be subtracted from the tuition to determine your financial need.

Note that enrolled families must submit a FAST application and supplemental forms each winter in order to be considered for financial aid in the following school year. As long as your family's financial situation doesn't change drastically, you should continue to receive a similar level of aid year over year.

When will families be notified of financial aid awards?

Currently enrolled families will receive email notification February 13, 2020. New families will receive email notification of their financial aid award March 20, 2020 after their admission letter is sent earlier that day.

What if my financial circumstances change?

All financial aid recipients are required to notify the school if their financial status changes over the course of the school year, so that the Business Office can determine whether or not the new financial information will affect their award.

Whom should I contact with questions about the financial aid process?

Lonnie Herring, Epiphany School’s Business Manager, can answer questions about the process as well as specific questions regarding your individual situation. She can be reached at 206-720-7651 or lherring@epiphanyschool.org.

Application Deadlines/Requirements

New Families or Families Not Enrolled for the 2019-2020 School Year

By February 6, 2020:

  1. Submit FAST online application online
  2. Upload a copy of your 2017 and 2018 federal income tax returns and W2 for both years to FAST. Also upload undated 4506-T and state tax returns if applicable
  3. Submit the calendar 2020 household budget to the Business Office

You will be notified of the Financial Aid Committee’s decision on March 20, 2020.

Tuition assistance is awarded contingent upon FAST receiving a copy of your filed 2019 federal tax return, W2, tax schedules included with the return, and the signed, undated Form 4506-T no later than April 20, 2020.

Families Enrolled in the 2019-2020 School Year

By January 16, 2020:

  1. Submit FAST online application
  2. Submit the calendar 2020 household budget to the Business Office
  3. If you are not receiving financial aid in 2019-2020, upload a copy of your 2017 and 2018 federal income tax returns and W2 statements for both years to the FAST. Include all tax schedules included in the return, e.g. Schedule A, E, etc.

You will be notified of the Financial Aid Committee’s decision on February 13, 2020.

Tuition assistance is awarded contingent upon FAST receiving a copy of your filed 2019 federal tax return, W2, tax schedules included with the return, and the signed, undated Form 4506-T no later than April 20, 2020.