The Cooperative Nature School at The Trustees Moose Hill Farm offers an affordable nature school education. All tuition collected is applied directly to the cost of staff, equipment, supplies and other daily operational expenses and reserves.
The school provides tuition assistance to qualifying families in need of financial support as budgets allow for the academic year. The School uses Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST), an online service, to calculate the level of need of applicants based upon applications. FAST considers a number of factors and requires supporting documentation to determine need.
The Board of Directors oversees all funds and makes assistance awards based on demonstrated need from completed applications. The Executive Director alone will know the identity of the applicants and full confidentiality will be maintained at all times during the application and award process. However, any award authorized by the Board will need to be disclosed to the school’s accountant and CPA firm.
This year we will utilize the online service of ism’s Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) to process applications for tuition assistance. FAST will be the standard submission format for all applications.
FAST does not decide whether tuition assistance will be given or how much to give; rather FAST provides a need-based financial aid analysis service which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from FAST is kept confidential. The Board of Directors makes recommendations based on next year’s budget and on the information presented by the Executive Director received through FAST. Upon approval by the Board of Directors, offers of tuition assistance for the academic year are then sent to families.
As a reminder, you must reapply each academic year. To start the process, please do the following:
Independent School Management
Attn: FAST Processing Center
1316 N. Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
The online application submission deadline for all applications is April 15th, 2018.
Your tax return must follow the submission of the online application and be submitted to FAST by April 15th, 2018.
The goal is to have an award determination made by the first week in May 2018. While no tuition assistance procedure can be entirely equitable – there are simply too many individual factors and extenuating circumstances – this new process that has been selected should serve our School community well. Among its many features will be the ability to further secure your financial data, and maintain the high degree of confidentiality that past recipients most appreciated.