Summit School actively seeks students with academic promise and a range of talents, skills and interests to apply for admission. It is our desire that no child walks away from a Summit education for reason of cost. Our Tuition Assistance program and the Arizona Tax Credit Scholarships make a Summit education more affordable for current and newly enrolled families who demonstrate need.
Tuition Assistance for Grades K-8: FAQ
Q. What is FACTS?
Q. When can I apply for Tuition Assistance? When will I learn about my award?
|Application and Documents Due Date:||Award Decision Date:|
|January 31, 2019||March 6, 2019|
|February 28, 2019||April 10, 2019|
|March 29, 2019||May 8, 2019|
|April 30, 2019||June 7, 2019|
Q. How do I apply for Tuition Assistance?
Once an online application has been filed with FACTS, the supporting documents must be uploaded to your FACTS account or sent directly to FACTS via fax or mail:
Mail: FACTS GRANT & AID ASSESSMENT P. O. Box 82524 Lincoln, NE 68501-2524
- Copies of 2018 Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules. (If 2018 taxes have not yet been filed, please submit 2017 tax return and 12/31/2018 pay statements for both parents. The 2018 tax return is still due by 4/19/19.)
- Copies of your most recent W-2 forms for both parents.
- Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).
Questions about the process? Call a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-315-9262.
The following supporting documentation needs to be provided to the Summit School Business Office:
- A letter that explains the circumstances regarding your request for assistance, include all special circumstances that impacts your ability to pay tuition.
- Print out of tax credit available awards for the 2019-2020 school year.
Q. I am a Summit parent. Do I have to re-apply annually for Tuition Assistance?
Q. What do I do once I have been awarded Tuition Assistance?
If the award is accepted, the family must complete a 2019-2020 Institute for Better Education (IBE) application by visiting www.ibescholarships.org.
Summit School funds student tuition assistance awards from contributions made by parents and community members, using the Arizona Private School Tax Credit. Summit strongly encourages families to solicit tax credit donations on behalf of their child(ren) thru any of the Student Tuition Organizations (STO), such as IBE. Tax credit awards assist parents in funding remaining tuition that may be due.
If you decline your tuition assistance award and withdraw your child(ren) within 2 weeks from the date of your award letter, the $700 enrollment payment will be refunded via check. No refunds will be honored after the 2 weeks from date of award letter.
Q. To whom do I turn to if I have questions about the process?
Summit School preschool program selected to partner with Quality First (QF) to offer scholarships that make high quality preschool a reality for more families. Summit has been rated a 5 star program by Quality First, which is their highest recognition.
Education is the gift that lasts forever. Summit School NAEYC accredited preschool is proud to have been chosen to partner with Quality First and the Arizona Department of Education. Through these programs Summit is able to offer a limited number of preschool scholarships to qualified families. Quality First typically notifies Summit School of available scholarships in May for the following school year.
Qualifying families are responsible to pay the tuition not covered by the scholarship, and for before and after school programming, if needed. Quality First also requires regular student attendance to retain the scholarship.
Q. What is the scholarship qualification process?
*The 2019-2020 application is now available but schools are unable to process applications until Quality First has notified schools of the number of scholarships they will receive, if any. Therefore, scholarship applications cannot be processed until June 3rd or later.
Q. How do I apply for a Quality First Preschool Scholarship?
Families applying for a Quality First Preschool Scholarship must complete an application and submit the necessary supporting documents directly to the Summit School Admissions Office. A scholarship application will not be reviewed until all required documents, as stated in the Quality First application, are submitted.
2018-2019 Quality First Application
*The 2019-2020 application will not be available until May 2019
Q. What happens after I qualify for a Quality First Scholarship?
If your child is offered enrollment to Summit, and you choose to accept, you will then complete an enrollment packet, submit a non-refundable enrollment payment of $400 which is applied toward the total tuition owed, select a payment plan, and sign a Quality First Scholarship award letter.
Q. To whom do I turn to if I have questions about the process?
Did you know Arizona has a tax credit program that helps families offset the cost of private school education? This tax credit program allows families to find the learning environment that best fits their child’s needs while removing the financial obstacle. The program allows Arizona taxpayers to contribute a portion of their Arizona tax liability to a School Tuition Organization (STO) and take a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on their state income tax return. To utilize this program, all you have to do is simply apply to a STO and solicit donations to that STO from anyone with an Arizona tax liability, encouraging them to recommend your child as the beneficiary. Once awarded, the recommended funds are sent to Summit School monthly helping to pay your tuition. This is such a win-win situation because donors have a choice in how their state tax dollars are spent which means you have a choice to send your child to Summit School. Since the donors get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit, that means if they owe $500 in taxes to Arizona and make a $500 contribution to a STO, their tax liability is now $0. Learn more by watching the video below!
Since 1998, the Institute for Better Education (IBE) has given many deserving students the opportunity to attend Summit School by assisting families utilizing the Tax Credit scholarship. They keep a smaller percentage of donations than prescribed by law, and has awarded over $109 million in scholarships since it’s founding! It is for these reasons we here at Summit partner with IBE as our preferred STO.
“Summit provided me with a strong academic foundation and leadership skills that I have been able to take with me through high school, college, and beyond. Having my parents send me to Summit was the extra edge that I didn’t even realize I needed, and I am still benefiting today from everything I learned there!”
OSASO IGHODARO, CLASS OF 2013
of Summit students benefit from Arizona Tax Credit Scholarships