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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 SSS (School and Student Services), 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 2018 income tax returns to SSS. Please plan to file your 2018 tax return prior to March 8, 2019 if you wish to be considered for financial aid. In order to be considered, we require the full 2018 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 2018 tax return.

The agency returns its assessment to the school. All forms filed by the March 8, 2019 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 12, 2019.

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 2019–2020 school year, the deadline for filing is March 8, 2019. 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 School for High School and Middle School students

The Autrey Scholars Programs awards merit scholarships to students with a clearly defined interest or well-developed talent in the arts or sciences and encourages them to enroll or continue in Post Oak’s High School program. Merit scholarships will also be awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance while maintaining extracurricular athletics, internship, employment, or community service.

Are Autrey Scholarships need-based?
Autrey Scholarships are not need-based and are awarded on interest, talent, or academic promise. Students awarded Autrey Scholarships remain eligible to apply for need-based financial assistance. For need-based financial assistance, see above.

Who is eligible?
All current and applying students at Post Oak’s Middle School and High School are invited to apply.

Once awarded, the Autrey Scholarships will be renewed 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, Middle and High School directors, and chief financial officer. Students need not re-apply.

How much is the award?
Autrey Scholarships range from $1,000 to $4,000 per individual, per year.

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. This letter should include how the student has worked to develop this interest or talent over time and a 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 6, 2020, to be considered in the first round for the upcoming academic year.

How are scholarships awarded?
Submitted letters are reviewed by the head of school and the Autrey Scholarship committee. A rubric is used to determine eligibility, and amounts are awarded in priority order from highest to lowest grade. Middle School students are encouraged to apply and will be awarded scholarships after qualifying High School awards have been distributed.

The Autrey scholarship fund is a limited amount of funding set aside annually. Applicant letters are ranked according to both the eligibility rubric and the grade level. There is no guarantee of an award.