Abiqua is committed to offering a diverse community. We seek students, from a variety of backgrounds who will thrive in a challenging academic environment. If paying tuition is difficult for a family, Abiqua offers Financial Aid. For the 2016-2017 school year, 21.5% of our families received tuition assistance. Typically, Financial Aid recipients receive up to 50% of tuition. These awards are grants and are not repaid.
The primary responsibility for financing a student’s independent school education rests with their family. Family members have the obligation to pay for the educational expenses of their children to the extent they are able. That takes precedence over Abiqua's responsibility to provide financial aid. Tuition assistance is based on the total annual tuition cost for a student to attend Abiqua Academy, and does not include other costs such as extended day care or other incidental expenses.
All applicants are required to file every year. Abiqua attempts to fund students through graduation, subject to availability of tuition assistance funds and the family’s ability to demonstrate need annually.
In determining the family need all parents, natural or adoptive, step-parents, guardians and non-married domestic partners are considered. Abiqua considers the assets of both parents, natural or adoptive, if living, before making any award. Many divorce settlements stipulate the exact amount each parent must contribute toward educational costs, or which parent is responsible for expenses and for how long. Abiqua retains the right not to abide by such guidelines. No information is given by the school to either parent regarding the other parent’s finances. In view of this policy, it is necessary that both natural parents and their current spouses, when appropriate, complete a FAST form.
Abiqua Academy uses FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) to determine the level of financial assistance each family needs to afford private school education. FAST processes your financial aid application online. They collect your financial information including your 1040 tax return with all appropriate schedules and W-2 forms. There is a $43 fee for each family's application, payable directly to FAST.
Before you beginning the FAST application process. Click here to view the Parent User Guide which includes a helpful list of necessary financial information.
The first priority for Tuition Assistance is given to returning students who are receiving assistance and have completed documentation by the application deadline. Due to the school’s varying resources and changing applicant pool, awards are granted on an annual basis and do not automatically roll over from one academic year to the next. Parents must complete the FAST application each new school year. The second priority is given to applications from currently enrolled students who have not previously requested tuition assistance. The third priority is given to siblings of currently enrolled students. The final priority is given to students newly admitted to the school who meet the tuition assistance application deadlines and eligibility guidelines.
We value a diverse community and encourage families with any concerns about affording tuition to apply for Financial Aid.
Abiqua Academy adheres to the highest standards of confidentiality. Please click link below to apply for Financial Aid today.