Grymes Memorial School actively seeks young students with academic promise and a range of talents, skills and interests, and it is our greatest wish that no child walks away from a Grymes education for reason of cost. Our Tuition Assistance Program enables us to make a Grymes education more affordable for currently enrolled and incoming families who demonstrate need.
It is our greatest wish that no child walks away from a Grymes education for reason of cost. Over 50% of our families participate in the Tuition Assistance Program, and we encourage all families to apply!
To be eligible to participate in our Tuition Assistance Program, a family must demonstrate financial need based on criteria established by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), a service provided by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). A completed SSS form provides a comprehensive review of a family’s financial profile, which SSS then uses to calculate a family’s need.
Our Tuition Assistance Committee uses the SSS calculation as a baseline to determine what we can offer for assistance based on exhibited need and the budgeted funds available.
WHAT IS SSS?SSS stands for School and Student Services, an objective and consistent service administered through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) that evaluates a family’s financial need based on the financial profile that is submitted to them directly. More than 2,100 schools around the country use SSS as a way to determine a family’s ability to contribute to their children’s educational expenses.
HOW IS NEED DETERMINED?Determining a family’s ability to contribute toward private school tuition requires a complex look at many factors in a family’s profile. The major factors reviewed include income and expenses, assets and debts, taxes paid, household size, and number of children enrolled in any program that charges tuition.
WHEN DO I APPLY?We suggest applying as soon as your child's enrollment is complete. It may seem odd, but the Tuition Assistance Program is separate from the admissions process. Assistance offers are only considered after a signed contract and deposit have been returned and enrollment has been completed. If the amount of assistance awarded after a new family is enrolled is not sufficient to meet a family’s need, the enrollment deposit will be returned in full.
HOW MUCH ASSISTANCE CAN I GET?If you qualify to participate in the Tuition Assistance Program, you can be eligible to receive a discount of up to 50% towards your annual tuition. The resources we have budgeted for the program each year are limited, but we are committed to doing our best to meet your family's needs.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?After you submit your complete Parents' Financial Statement to SSS, it can take up to 14 days for us to receive the evaluation from SSS. Our Tuition Assistance Committee then meets to determine the amount of assistance we can offer based on the resources available. The whole process can take up to three weeks.