Financial Aid Processes & Policies


The first step in applying for Financial Aid is to apply for admission to Trinity Valley School. An application for admission may be completed online in the Application Process section of the TVS Web site.

For step-by-step instructions, including a list of required supporting documents, please review the guide Applying for Financial Aid for the 2018-19 Academic Year.

Financial Aid applications may be completed online at

When submitting the application for aid, please be sure to include the required fee. The financial aid service (SSS) grants fee waivers based on their own criteria regarding a family's income level and applies it automatically.

Be sure that the appropriate items are uploaded or mailed before March 1, even though admission decisions will not be made by this date. If a student is accepted for admission, parents may be asked to put down a deposit to save the student's place before financial aid awards are made. In this event, the deposit would be completely refunded if the award were not sufficient for the student to enroll. Limited funds may prevent the Financial Aid Committee from offering assistance to all qualified deserving applicants. Therefore, students to whom financial assistance is awarded are expected to accept or decline the award within one to two weeks of notification. In the event the student fails to comply with this and other reasonable requirements, the Financial Aid Committee reserves the right to award the aid to an alternate candidate.

Requirement for Financial Aid

To receive aid for the first time, a student must already be enrolled in or accepted for admission to Trinity Valley School. In addition, the student must exhibit exemplary citizenship and a positive classroom attitude reflected by above average grades. The student must also have actively participated in the life of the school community. Finally, the Parents' Financial Statement must show demonstrated financial need. To receive aid in subsequent years, the student must continue to meet the above requirements.

College and Private School Tuition

Trinity Valley School recognizes and takes into account the widely varying costs of college education for other family members. That cost will be considered when figuring parents' contribution for Trinity Valley School tuition if the parents have also applied for financial aid at any other family members' college or university. In addition, that cost will only be considered for each person for four years, i.e., the usual length of college attendance. If a parent is already enrolled in or enrolls in college, graduate or professional school, Trinity Valley School will allow up to the amount of the family's oldest Trinity Valley School child's tuition as a legitimate allowable unusual expense, and no more. Any tuition for siblings at other primary or secondary schools is automatically taken into account.

Divorced Parents

Because financial aid is based on a family's ability to meet the cost of an education at Trinity Valley School, a family will be defined as consisting of both natural parents of the applicant, any step-parent, plus any children from the original marriage along with any children produced by the current marriage. The school will not be bound by the assertion of one parent, including a divorce decree, that he/she is not responsible legally or otherwise for educational expenses. Thus, both parents must provide the information that is requested on the Parents' Financial Statement that is filed each year with the School and Student Services. If this information is not available at the time the application is evaluated, it may cause an arbitrary assessment of financial need to be made by the school. This may result in a lesser award or no award at all. The financial aid contract will be sent to both parents, who must decide how to divide the parents' contribution, and it will be both parents' responsibility to ensure that Trinity Valley School receives payment.


Financial Aid decisions are based on dual incomes for a two-parent household. Exceptions would include families with children younger than kindergarten age or other dependents in the home needing full-time care, or some physical/health limitation that prevents a parent from working. If a parent chooses not to work without having any of these extenuating circumstances, the school will add the equivalent of a 40-hour per week, minimum wage income to the total family income for the year. Childcare costs, as always, will be taken into account.

More Than One Applicant per Family

If more than one student in a family receives an award, but any of the students do not enroll, the amount of the award to the enrolling student(s) will be re-determined in accordance with the school's financial aid procedures and the number of students in a family who actually enroll, whether or not any aid contracts have been signed.