FLEXIBLE TUITION

Investing in Your Child’s Future

Investing in your child’s future is one of the best investments a family can make.  This is particularly true of the investment one makes in a private Islamic school education.  At New Horizon, we appreciate the efforts that each family makes to provide this special gift to their children.

Affordability

Since its founding in 1984, New Horizon has been committed to making our school accessible and affordable to all in the community.  Socioeconomic diversity is important to New Horizon as it enriches the education for all children and builds a culture of equity, mutual respect, and appreciation for all.

For this reason, the school has adopted a Flexible Tuition Program Flexible tuition allows for a tuition that meets an individual family’s financial needs. 

 While New Horizon believes that the primary responsibility for educating a child falls to the parent and that each family should contribute towards the cost of their child's education, we do not expect each tuition level to be the same.  

What is Flexible Tuition?

Flexible tuition is a program that ensures access to a well-rounded dual curricular educational program and provides opportunities for the school to develop a more diverse student body.

How is Flexible Tuition Different than Financial Aid?

The focus of the Flexible Tuition program is on what parents can pay for their tuition, rather than looking at a grant or an award.  This program offers a range of tuitions to support the economic diversity that is such an important component of our school community.

How does Flexible Tuition work?

New Horizon uses a neutral, third-party organization to assist in the evaluation for Flexible Tuition.  That organization is FAST, a service provided through Independent School Management (ISM), and is used by X schools across the country to provide flexible tuition analysis.  FAST offers families a secure online application system. Information entered in FAST is shared confidentially with New Horizon’s Flexible Tuition Committee.  The school does NOT receive any funds from FAST.

Can Any Family Request an Evaluation of their Flexible Tuition?

We encourage families who have concerns about their ability to afford the top tuition to apply through FAST.  The school works with every family to help set tuition based on the family’s unique financial situation.  It is impossible for the School, or for a family, to determine the exact level of tuition, however, unless the entire FAST application is completed accurately.  All applications for Flexible Tuition are confidential.  New Horizon School does not share a family's financial information with other families or with New Horizon School faculty.

What Factors Affect Flexible Tuition Decisions?

The formula used to evaluate tuition level considers many factors that may affect a family’s ability to pay, including income, assets, family size, cost of living, unusual expenses, and other discretionary costs.

Application Process

To help us objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to education expenses, NHS uses ISM’s FAST (Independent School Management’s Financial Aid for School Tuition) as a trusted third party.  We use FAST to provide a baseline for our financial aid determinations.  The school does NOT receive any funds from FAST.  The online FAST application must be filled out thoroughly and accurately for the school to consider a family’s true financial situation.  Incomplete or inaccurate applications will not be considered, and families may be contacted by FAST personnel to verify information.  

Here are the required steps to follow:

    Important:  Incomplete documents will delay the financial aid process.

    All of the above MUST be completed by:

    Current Families
     MARCH 13, 2017
     New Families
    Upon Receiving School Acceptance Notification

    Does Every NHS Family have Access to Flexible Tuition?

    All families are invited to submit information to determine tuition level for which they are eligible.  Families who elect not to go through this process will pay the full cost of tuition.

    The cost of tuition per student is:

    Early Childhood Program                   $13,328

    Elementary Program (K-4)                 $13,328

    Middle School (5-8)                             $13, 635

    What are Important Deadlines related to Flexible Tuition?

    All flexible tuition evaluations for new families applying to NHSP should be submitted along with new student online applications.

    What is the Necessary Paperwork for Submission?

    In order to submit a request for evaluation, families must complete the FAST application online and provide any supporting documents requested such as current year tax information.  It is important that the Flexible Tuition Committee has all information on which to base its allocation decisions.   Adhering to all deadline dates is essential.  Failure to provide tax information may result in the committee’s inability to determine or recommend a reduced tuition.  Flexible Tuition will not be evaluated unless we have received all required paperwork and tax returns.  Flexible Tuition evaluations received after the deadline will be processed only after on-time applications.  Reduced tuition may not be available for late submissions. 

    Does Flexible Tuition Continue Throughout a Student’s Years at NHSP?

    NHSP expects families to submit updated financial information each year so that tuition levels can be adjusted as needed based on changing circumstances.

    What are Aasra and Aldeen?

    Aasra and Aldeen are two organizations that provide funds to New Horizon to support the needs of the families in being able to send their children to NHSP.  These organizations have separate application processes, and families are responsible for ensuring they get these applications in on time and completely. The school encourages all families to apply for these funds using their specific application processes.  

    Who Handles Questions Regarding Flexible Tuition?

    Questions about Flexible Tuition should be addressed to Andrew Hwang in the Business Office at ahwang@newhorizonschool.org

     

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