Desert Academy offers tuition assistance in the form of need-based grants. Any family may apply for need-based grants for any year of their child’s attendance.
Desert Academy is committed to providing access to families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the school at full tuition. Our financial aid program is guided by National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) principles. Families are expected to contribute according to their means, taking into account total income, net assets, number of dependents, and other appropriate information. As with all Desert families, financial aid award recipients are expected to be involved in the school through volunteering, committees, or other areas. Families must reapply for financial aid every year. Applicants in good standing who are currently enrolled and already receiving aid will receive first consideration for aid on an annual basis with award criteria, listed below, guiding our decisions. Financial aid funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
The School and Student Services (SSS) online financial aid application is available at sss.nais.org. Questions about the form should be directed to the SSS helpline: 866-387-2601.
Financial Aid Application Procedures:
- Go to sss.nais.org. Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and submit it online.
Be sure to include Desert Academy’s Code Number: 2812, on the PFS in order to have the final PFS analysis sent to Desert Academy.
- Submit a copy of your 2016 federal income tax returns with all schedules (or the latest year with filing extension verification) and W-2s to Desert Academy by February 15, 2017. For inquiries after this date, please contact our Admissions Director, Jennifer Warren.
- As part of your application, you may also submit a letter explaining the circumstances that have led you to apply for financial aid. Although this is optional, the information is often helpful to the Financial Aid Committee.
- Please click here to access our list of Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions
Financial aid decision letters will be mailed as soon as possible in March. Recipients have 10 business days upon receipt of the award letter to accept the financial aid award. The signed enrollment contract along with the deposit must be returned to the Desert Academy Admissions Office by the due date.
Desert Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational, admissions, or financial aid policies, or in any other programs or policies.