Financial Aid

At Tallulah Falls School, we believe the cost of an independent school education should not be a deterrent for families. Our desire is to enroll a talented, motivated and diverse group of students.

To reach this goal, we are committed to making a Tallulah Falls School education manageable for interested families.

Tallulah Falls School awards more than $4 million dollars in need-based financial aid to 70 percent of our student body. We also award merit scholarships to students annually based on their grade point averages. 

It is important to note the Admissions Committee and the Financial Aid Committee make decisions regarding admissions and financial aid independently.

 


 

 

 

 


Domestic Students

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After completing the online application, families will upload or fax all required supporting documentation to FACTS. Uploaded documents must be in PDF format and the size of each document must be less than 20 MB. If you are unable to upload, fax the required documents to 866.315.9264. Please DO NOT use your mobile device to copy the required documents due to problems with legibility. 

All documentation received is imaged upon receipt and then destroyed. You may login to your FACTS user account to review the status of your application. Please allow 2 weeks processing time from the date you provided the supporting documents before inquiring further about receipt and/or status of the uploaded or faxed documents. A non-refundable application fee will be required before your application will be submitted. Award decisions are made by Tallulah Falls School, not FACTS.


Returning Domestic Students

All returning domestic families should upload their complete federal tax returns using the secure document upload. Please do not use your mobile device to copy the required documents due to problems with legibility. 

If the family does not file federal income taxes, please upload the IRS letter confirming that the applicant(s) do not file taxes. 

Please allow 2 weeks processing time from the date you provided the supporting documents.


Dual Citizen/International Students 

INTERNATIONAL AID APPLICATION

If the parents are not citizens of the United States and do not file taxes in the United States, they are required to submit the following information:

  • Complete the International Aid application. 
  • Upload the following to the supplemental document section using the secure document upload
    • Letters from each parent’s employer(s) stating income
    • Checking account statements stating balance information
    • Savings account statements stating balance information
    • If applicable, tax documents from their home country

If the parents are citizens of the United States but do not file taxes in the United States, they are required to submit the following:

  • Complete the International Aid application.
  • IRS letter stating the applicant(s) does not file a U.S. tax return. 
  • Upload the following to the supplemental document section using the secure document upload
    • Letters from each parent’s employer(s) stating income
    • Checking account statements stating balance information
    • Savings account statements stating balance information
    • If applicable, tax documents from their home country

Policies and Procedures

I. Tuition Assistance Policy

A. Purpose

The overriding purpose of the tuition assistance program at Tallulah Falls School is to welcome qualified students who would not be able to attend without financial aid. TFS is committed to providing an education to students who desire an independent school environment, regardless of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, or religious background. To fulfill these goals, TFS supports an extensive need-based tuition assistance program. Academic merit scholarships are given to students at TFS regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Academic merit scholarships are based only upon the academic record of the student applicant.

B. Eligibility

Awards are made only to students who qualify for aid on the basis of demonstrated financial need. To demonstrate need, families must meet the criteria established by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Families must complete the financial aid application located on the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment website and submit required documentation.  In evaluating the application, the financial aid committee takes into account the number and ages of children, parent ages, other educational expenses, additional dependents, all sources of income and assets, priority of spending, debts and expenses, club memberships, travel, medical expenses, legal fees, and other obligations. Once the level of need is established, the Financial Aid Committee meets to determine the level of award. To remain eligible for financial assistance, families must submit required documentation annually. 

C. Parental Responsibility

The primary responsibility for financing a student’s education rests with the family.

D. Admission Decision

Tallulah Falls School admits students that fit the criteria set by the Admissions Committee. TFS does not use financial need as a consideration in determining a student’s eligibility for admission. No decisions regarding tuition assistance are made until the admission process is complete.

E. Confidentiality

Tallulah Falls School safeguards the confidentiality of all financial information supplied by applicants and does not publicly identify recipients of tuition assistance. As well, we ask that families keep their financial aid awards confidential. 

II. Tuition Assistance Guidelines

A. Fair and Consistent Allocation of Funds

To determine the amount of financial assistance that may be awarded to an applicant, the Financial Aid Committee primarily relies on the recommendation made by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Recognizing there may be circumstances affecting parental contribution, TFS adheres to certain policies which are designed to promote the fairest and most consistent allocation of tuition assistance.

B. Non-Typical Households

A major assumption of Tallulah Falls School’s financial aid program is that parents have an obligation to finance their children’s education to the extent they are able. This assumption is aligned with the methodology and principles of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).  Financial aid is based on the family’s ability to pay as demonstrated by the information submitted in the FACTS application. Both custodial and non-custodial parents (regardless of legal settlements) who are divorced, separated, or never married are expected to contribute to educational costs and are required to submit the FACTS application. In exceptional cases, where one parent cannot comply, the custodial parent should submit our Statement of Explanation Form.

The conditions under which we may consider waiving the noncustodial requirement are usually: 

• The noncustodial parent’s whereabouts are unknown 

• The noncustodial parent has no contact  and has not had any contact with the applicant over a period of years 

• The noncustodial parent provides no financial support to the student

Lack of information from either parent may prevent the family from receiving financial aid.