Cushing maintains confidential financial aid records for all applicants. These records are reviewed by the members of the Financial Aid Committee and, occasionally, by the Head of School or Chief Financial Officer. All financial aid awards are confidential agreements between the recipient family and the school. The Financial Aid Committee considers financial aid awards strictly confidential. Families may not discuss financial aid information with any party other than a member of the Financial Aid Committee.
Cushing strives to support as many students as possible in the financial aid process. Generally financial aid for students living within 25 miles of campus will only be awarded on the basis of day student tuition.
Cushing maintains a philosophy that requires active participation of a student’s family in funding this educational opportunity. In all cases where a student does not live with his/her married, biological parents, families should understand that, where appropriate, two adult members of the family are expected to participate in funding tuition, room and board. These expectations are in effect regardless of any legal agreements arranged between family members, such as alimony agreements, pre-nuptial agreements, custody or other similar agreements. In cases of co-habitation, Cushing considers the entire household income, whatever the legal status of the family may be. For parents who are separated, divorced, or have never been married: Cushing requires that a complete financial aid application be submitted by each parent/family (IRS 1040, PFS, etc.) Cushing expects parents, guardians, domestic partners, and/or step-parents to play an appropriate role in financing a student’s education.
If more than one child in a family attends a tuition-charging institution, Cushing requires that families apply for aid at each of the institutions their children attend. Cushing is unable to subsidize tuition for other tuition-charging schools of any type. If one of the tuition-charging schools has lower tuition, Cushing expects that there are additional funds available for Cushing tuition. It is important to note that SSS computes the total funds available for education, then divides that amount by the number of children attending tuition-charging schools. If Cushing is the only tuition-charging school, and/or only one child decides to enroll, the total amount deemed “available” for education will be used as the Estimated Family Contribution. Copies of awards (from other institutions elementary through college) are required.
Cushing assumes that all adult family members will work to contribute to the investment in a Cushing education. The Committee will impute income for parents or guardians who choose not to work and adjust the Report of Family Contribution accordingly. Families with preschoolaged children or extraordinary situations should make the Committee aware of their circumstances. Parents returning to school or changing jobs as a personal choice must realize that a resulting decrease in their family income cannot be underwritten by financial assistance provided
Savings, investments, trust-funds, 529 funds, or other assets in a student’s name or held for a student for any reason, or restricted in any way, are considered available resources for use in funding a student’s education at Cushing. The general rule is that students’ assets be equally distributed over their years at Cushing, plus four years of college/university. Cushing does not consider tuition paid for children beyond the undergraduate level when determining eligibility for aid.