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Tuition Assistance for Preschool

March 28th, 2014 at 11:16 am

The wonderful preschool DS goes to has a scholarship program. I was a bit on the fence about applying.. Paperwork to fill out, tax returns to copy and a $27 application fee. I had pretty much decided not to apply.

I know it seems silly that here I am blogging on SA and I WASN'T going to apply. It seems silly to me now that I really think on it. The reason is that I don't look at our family as a family in *need* and I don't want to take from a family that truly has *need*.

(Have you ever found yourself stepping aside for others; assuming someone has a greater need than yourself?)

The front office lady, EL, swayed me to going for it when she told me these two things.
First, there is a pool of money and some years it doesn't all get used. (Um.. What?!)
Second, our part as parents is to apply; not decide if we qualify for anything or not. That is the job of the tuition company the application goes to.

When she put it in that perspective I thought "why not?" EL was very encouraging about applying. (I hope that hints at a favorable outcome!)

Last night I filled out the application. The most difficult questions was "How much can you pay toward tuition?". If I put too small of an amount am I trying to get more than I need? If I put too high, then am I shorting the possible assistance payment? I settled on $5k less than full tuition - that would be a huge savings.

This morning I made copies of the W2s and tax returns. I just put the packet in the outgoing mail here at work.

Any help would make a difference to the budget next year.

5 Responses to “Tuition Assistance for Preschool”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    If the money is there and they want to give it to you, take it! I'm sure if someone who applies has a greater need, then they will get priority over you.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I can attest that at the college level, anyway, many scholarships go unawarded just because people don't apply!

  3. snafu Says:

    Add my voice to CB, bewildered that students go into monster debt with up to 6% interest for 20 yrs rather than apply for the smaller awards, grants bursaries, scholarships which get no applications. In my experience 'stepping aside for others' without knowing all the pertinent facts results in my admonishing myself 'dumb move.'

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I hope that you get some scholarship money! Whenever I talk to kids who are sophomores or older in high-school, I stress to them that NOW is the time to start applying for scholarships - anything they might even remotely qualify for.

  5. TashaC. Says:

    Thats a great perspective to know in advance! Sometimes the money doesnt all get used?! Heck ya you better throw your name in! But a $30 application fee feels ...defeating the purpose. Because yes- I feel for some people $30 determines going to the dr or not.

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