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Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to the families of all current and prospective Post Oak students and is based on demonstrated financial need. Parents of candidates must file a confidential financial statement that includes disclosure of tax information.

Criteria

  1. Continue support for families currently receiving assistance.
  2. Provide funds that enable families already enrolled in the school to stay with the school in the event of changing personal finances.
  3. Consider all other requests.

Within this context, preference is given in the distribution of financial assistance to students in the High School, Middle School, and Elementary levels and in order to encourage racial, ethnic, religious, and economic diversity.

Process

Parents must file an application with F.A.S.T. (Financial Aid for School Tuition), an outside agency that makes recommendations to schools for financial assistance.

There are three components to the financial aid process:

  1. Completion and submission of the online financial aid application.
  2. Submission of 2016 income tax returns to F.A.S.T. Please plan to file your 2016 tax return prior to March 10, 2017 if you wish to be considered for financial aid. In order to be considered, we require the full 2016 tax return, including all related W-2s, 1099s, and K-1. We also require a 4506-T form. Please contact the chief financial officer if you have questions.
  3. The Post Oak School also requires that a letter be prepared and sent to Maura Joyce, Head of School, with the specific amount of aid requested.

All three requirements must be completed before the application can be considered.

Parents who are separated, divorced, re-married, or have never been married must each separately complete a financial aid application and submit a copy of their 2016 tax return.

The agency returns its assessment to the school. All forms filed by the March 10, 2017 deadline will be considered as a group by the Financial Assistance Committee, composed of the head of school, the admission director, and the chief financial officer. Awards will be announced by April 14, 2017.

Parents must respond in writing by the date requested in the financial aid award letter, if they wish to accept the school’s offer. After this date, the school considers the offer declined and the funds will be reallocated.

To be considered for aid in the fall of the 2017–2018 school year, the deadline for filing is March 10, 2017. Any forms filed after this date will be considered after other awards have been made.

Each year a family must reapply for financial assistance. Awards are based on the relative need of families that have applied, and on the funds available. While the school will make every effort to maintain financial assistance levels from year to year, conditions may change, so one year’s award is not guaranty of awards in subsequent years.

 


 

The Autrey Scholars Program

Merit scholarships at the Post Oak High School

What is it?

The Autrey Scholars Program awards merit scholarships to students with a clearly defined interest or well-developed talent in the arts or sciences, and encourages them to enroll in the Post Oak High School. Merit scholarships will also be awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic promise.

Are Autrey Scholarships need-based?

No, these awards are based on interest, talent, or academic promise.

The school also offers need-based financial assistance for any entering or continuing student. That program is described above. Students awarded Autrey Scholarships remain eligible to apply for need-based financial assistance.

Who is eligible?

All students are invited to apply.  

It is the intention of the school to renew Autrey scholarships from year to year so long as the student remains in good standing. This will be confirmed through review of the student’s records by the head of school in conjunction with the High School director and the chief financial officer.

How much is the award?

Autrey Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000 per year per individual.

How do I apply?

To apply for an Autrey Scholars award, the student submits a letter to the head of school detailing the special work, interest, or talent that the student brings to Post Oak. The letter should include how the student has worked to develop this interest or talent over time and the variety of evidence that supports the work.  The student may include any media that support the application.

The application letter must be submitted by March 10 to be considered in the first round for the upcoming academic year.