About Financial Aid
At Free Union Country School, we value socioeconomic diversity and are committed to providing an enriched educational experience for all children who would benefit from our programs, regardless of financial means. As we strive to support and include families from many backgrounds and circumstances, we also recognize that paying independent school tuition is a significant financial commitment.
The financial aid program at Free Union provides assistance to families who require some financial help in order to enroll their child. A family's need in this case is the difference between what it costs to attend (the tuition) and a family’s ability to pay the tuition, as demonstrated in the Financial Aid application.
Financial aid is not a loan. It is a financial grant awarded by the School to a family. Each year, families receiving Financial Aid are responsible for contributing at least a minimal amount towards their child’s education. The amount of tuition that a family is responsible for each year is likely to increase slightly since tuition typically increases annually. Financial aid is funded from Free Union Country School's annual operating budget, the School's endowment, and from the money generously donated by families and friends to the Free Union Fund and raised through annual events.
Do we qualify for Financial Aid?
Free Union Country School offers financial aid to families with a wide range of financial situations. Most families adjust spending priorities, maximize family earnings, and carefully manage assets in order to pay tuition. As each family’s circumstances are different, the School cannot provide firm guidelines to help a family decide whether to apply for financial aid. In general, if after assessing their individual circumstances a family finds that it cannot consider enrollment at Free Union without some reduction of tuition, we suggest they apply for financial aid.
The financial aid committee’s awards are based on a variety of factors including income, assets (including home equity, college funds, and investments), family size, and the number of children attending institutions charging tuition. In addition, the School seriously considers each family’s entire financial picture and extenuating circumstances when deciding financial aid awards, and assumes each family has provided an honest assessment of its ability to pay tuition.
How do we apply?
We use TADS, a nationwide service to schools for receiving tuition payments and evaluating financial aid requests. For information about applying for financial aid, please contact Camilla Tolton in our Business Office (434-978-1700 or ). You may also click on the TADS icons below. The first icon will take you to the TADS worksheet, which is for your use only, and will simplify the process of filling out the financial aid application.
Clicking the following button will take you to the actual online application for financial aid:
TADS provides an online process that can be initiated by the family and a help line to assist applicants with questions. A fee of $39 must accompany each family’s application(s) as well as copies of all 1099’s, W2’s and Federal 1040 tax information for the most recent calendar year. Waivers are available upon request in cases where the fees present a hardship to the family.
Financial Aid Summary & Timelines
• Families currently enrolled at the School and planning to attend the following year are asked to submit re-enrollment contracts by March 1, 2022 and apply or reapply for financial aid by March 11, 2022.
• The Financial Aid Committee will review applications and make awards in mid March for returning families
Families New to the School
• New families applying to enroll in the School can begin the financial aid process at any time. Applications will be reviewed in mid-March. Financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis and is contingent upon the TADS analysis and the availability of funds in the School’s financial aid account. March 11, 2022, is when we begin to make final decisions about aid.
• Financial aid applications are available online immediately through TADS, the organization that assists the School in administering financial awards (see above links).
• While we will know through the TADS apparatus that you have applied for financial aid, we suggest that you also notify the school of your need for financial assistance.
All Families Note
• Applicants can be assured that Financial Aid applications and supporting documents are strictly confidential and will only be reviewed by members of the Financial Aid Committee.
• Make sure you get your 2021 taxes done early if you're applying for financial aid as these will be required before final FA offers are confirmed (tentative offers can be made based on 2020 taxes if that is all you have before 3/11; however, 2021 taxes will be required soon after for final offer confirmation)
• The School does not discriminate in the administration of its financial aid policies because of race, religion, gender, color, disability, nationality, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.
• If you have any questions at all about financial aid procedure, application, deadlines, or awards, please feel free to email Camilla Tolton, Director of Business and Operations, at
• March 1, 2022 — Re-enrollment due, after which spaces are opened to new applicants
• March 11, 2022 — Deadline for applying for financial aid for re-enrolling students