In light of the current economic environment, Greenwood is striving to be as responsive as possible tothe financial needs of our school and our families. To accomplish this, we have engaged the services of TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services) to process financial aid applications electronically.
DEADLINE: If you are applying for financial aid for the 2012-2013 school year, be sure to start the process right away in order to comply with our February 15th deadline.
Please read below for more information and instructions for submitting your application.
TADS is a service that provides financial aid processing to over 500 independent schools (including many Friends schools), using secure, encrypted data. They have worked with us to customize their formulae to reflect the philosophy and values of our school in order to determine financial need. Their knowledgeable support staff is accessible by email, phone, and live Web interaction to help parents with any questions that arise during the application process; we have found them to be very accommodating and helpful.
The TADS service will provide objective and informative data to Greenwood’s Financial Aid Committee, who will make all final award determinations. This process is completely confidential.
The application process comprises two steps: completing the online application, and faxing or mailing additional supporting documents (typically tax returns and W2s). TADS will indicate which supporting documents are required, and they will contact you if anything is missing. You also have the opportunity to provide explanations of your family’s special circumstances, as needed.
We expect that this process will help us to continue distributing all available financial aid dollars in an equitable manner and meet the needs of as many Greenwood families as possible. As always, it is our mission-driven goal to provide grants of up to 90% to families who are committed to a Friends education for their children.
To apply for financial aid:
- Go to www.tads.com
- Go to Parent Login and click on Parents/Guardians
- Choose Financial Aid and begin an application.
- Under New Users select BEGIN. This will allow you to set up a user name and password. You are applying for the 2011-2012 school year.
- Choose our state, city and school (you do not need any codes to find Greenwood).
TIP: There is a page of helpful instructions and a link to a worksheet. You will probably find it helpful to print the worksheet first, as it will make the task of completing the online application much easier. TADS staff are available to answer your application questions. If you have questions about Greenwood policies or usage of this information, please contact Shirley or Brenda.
In families with divorced or separated parents, each parent should complete an application.
TADS charges a modest fee which can be paid online, via their secure website. If this fee is a hardship, Greenwood will pay the fee upon request.