Financial Aid

Affording a St. Andrew's Education

An independent school education is a costly yet beneficial investment, and many families are concerned about their ability to afford such an education. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (SAES) understands this concern and is committed to making our program affordable to all qualified students to the extent that our resources allow.

At St. Andrew’s, financial aid is based solely upon demonstrated financial need. To help determine each family’s need, St. Andrew’s subscribes to TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services) for financial aid processing and assessment.

Families should expect to contribute to their child’s educational expenses to the greatest extent they are able, given their economic situation. Financial aid awards vary by grade level and situation and provide families from a range of socio-economic backgrounds access to affording a St. Andrew’s education. Financial aid awards are available only for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Financial Aid Overview

Any current or prospective student may apply for financial aid, which entails submitting the online aid application and required tax forms (1040s, W-2s, business tax returns and other tax documents related to income or estimated income).

TADS assesses the family's current financial status.  Common factors taken into consideration are family income, assets, debts, family size, age of parents, number of children attending tuition-based institutions, home equity, and certain other expenses.

TADS analyzes the information on the application to estimate what the family can pay toward education expenses. This amount is not binding and does not imply what kind of financial assistance will be given by the school.

The St. Andrew's Financial Aid Committee reviews each file carefully and reserves the right to adjust the amount of the recommended family contribution based upon school policy, demand,  and supporting documentation.

Contact Information

TADS Help Line
Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Central Time)
Phone: 1.800.477.8237
Fax: 612.548.3326
Live Chat: Click on "live chat" button to initiate conversation.

Mailing Address
110 N. 5th St.
Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55403

For additional information regarding financial aid at St. Andrew’s, please contact Vicki Hart at 301-983-5200 x 242 or

Important Dates

Please note that this information is for the 2017-2018 academic year. We will accept applications as early as November 1, 2016. Financial Aid applications are available through the TADS links above in red.

Returning Financial Aid Students

Deadline for TADS online application: 
December 1, 2016

New Financial Aid Applicants

Deadline for TADS online application: 
January 15, 2017

Outside Scholarship Information and Resources

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  • Black Student Fund (BSF)

    (202) 387-1414
    Black Student Fund, in partnership with 44 Washington, DC metropolitan area member independent schools, positions African American students, PK through grade 12, for success through advocacy, leadership development and support programs. Black Student Fund promotes rich, equitable educational environments in which students and adults from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds benefit from regular interaction. (Text provided by BSF.)
  • Latino Student Fund (LSF)

    The Latino Student Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for PreK-12th grade students of Hispanic descent to promote higher education and professional leadership. They offer educational support programs such as tutoring, college preparation courses, SAT preparation courses, admissions workshops, and merit-based scholarships for Latino students attending their Member Schools. (Text provided by LSF.)
  • Emerging Scholars Program (ESP)

    (571) 312-0013;  
    The goal of Emerging Scholars Program is to create future leaders by providing an academic, cultural, and social enrichment program for a diverse group of students who, without preparation and financial assistance, could not consider an independent school education. ESP offers bright boys and girls the opportunity to earn a place in some of the best independent schools in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Through determination, hard work and commitment participants are prepared to be successful students and leaders in their academic careers and beyond. (Text provided by ESP.)
  • A Better Chance (ABC)

    610) 992-0995;

    A Better Chance’s mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. Since 1963, this guiding principle has driven A Better Chance to place talented young people of color into the leadership pipeline through increased access to academically rigorous secondary schools. Our signature College Preparatory Schools Program annually recruits and places 500 new Scholars and supports a total of 2000 Scholars at leading college preparatory schools across the country. Over the course of the last 50 years, A Better Chance has been a driving force in the effort to increase educational attainment among youth of color. Our record of success is evident in the more than 13000 Alumni who have become great innovators, thinkers and leaders in their respective fields. Their success is a direct result of the educational access that they received through A Better Chance. (Text provided by ABC.)

Applying for Financial Aid

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  • Renewal of Financial Aid

    Financial aid awards are granted for one year at a time. Current recipients must reapply for financial aid each year.
  • Confidentiality

    All applications for financial aid are kept in strict confidence by the Financial Aid Committee.
    St. Andrew’s is committed to the principle of anonymity, and recipients of financial aid are not generally identified as such. Individuals who are aware of financial aid recipients include the Financial Aid Committee, Admission Office staff, and certain key administrators who have a specific need to know.
  • Financial Aid Deadlines

    Please note carefully the instructions and deadlines given below.
    In recent years, St. Andrew’s has seen an increase in financial aid applications. Therefore, to be considered, all financial aid application materials must be received by the deadlines listed below. We encourage families to upload/send the required documents to TADS as soon as they are available and no later than the absolute deadlines listed below. Please be aware that St. Andrew’s does not have sufficient funds to provide financial aid grants to all qualified applicants. We recognize the unfortunate reality that for some families this may adversely affect their ability to accept our enrollment offer. 

    It is important that you apply as early as possible.  Applications will be accepted as early as November 1, 2016.

    Families currently receiving financial aid from SAES:
    Online applications are due by December 1, 2016
    Families who are new applicants for financial aid from SAES:

    Online applications are due by January 15, 2017
    Supporting Documentation Requirements:

    November 1st  – January 31st: 
    2015 1040, 2015 W-2 statements, most recent paystubs, 2015 business tax return (if applicable)

    February 1st – April 20th:
    2015 1040, 2016 W-2 statements, most recent paystubs, 2015 business tax return (if applicable)

    April 21st – end of financial aid processing period:
    2016 1040, 2016 W-2 statements, most recent paystubs, 2016 business tax return (if applicable)

    Example: if the application is submitted on April 20 and we receive 2015 taxes on April 21, a TADS representative will follow up for 2016 taxes via e-mail.
    Please upload your 2015 and 2016 tax information, recent paystubs and business tax returns as soon as they are available. Failure to do so will delay consideration for financial aid.
  • Submitting a Financial Aid Application

    Families need to submit the online aid application and required documents to TADS.  No documents should be sent to SAES directly.
  • Award Notification

    A financial aid file is considered complete when TADS has received the online application and all required documents from the family. Awards will be communicated through TADS. Current recipients of financial aid awards will receive notification when their re-enrollment contract is available in TADS. New applicants will receive an award decision with their admission acceptance.

    The school reserves the right to make any necessary changes to a financial aid award if the 2015 tax information differs substantially from the estimated information provided by the family on the online application. 

    If new admission applicants are offered enrollment, families will receive decisions regarding their application for financial aid with their admission acceptance letters. Please remember that admission and financial aid decisions are made in separate processes; an application for financial aid will not affect an admission decision.
  • Auxiliary Financial Aid Benefits

    Auxiliary benefits for financial aid recipients are reviewed periodically and may vary from year to year.  Some additional benefits include free required textbooks and subsidized bus service.  

    Please contact the Business Office 301-983-5200 x 242 for a complete list.
  • SAES Requirements

    • All financial aid recipients must inform the Business Office of $2,000 plus income increases
    • All financial aid recipients must inform the Business Office of outside scholarships and/or grants
    • All financial aid recipients must be current in their payment plan in order to re-enroll for the next academic year
    • Siblings of current financial aid recipients will not be considered for financial aid if the current payment plan(s) are not satisfied
    • A financial aid award for the next academic year will be withdrawn if the student account is not satisfied by May 1st of the current year

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, MD.