Financial aid applications for 2021-22 are open now through March 31.
What financial aid do we offer?
CCS provides two categories of support for families with financial need:
- We accept child care subsidies through Child Care Works (CCW, also known as CCIS and ELRC), Pennsylvania state funding which provides financial support to low-income families in paying for child care—see below.
- All families have the opportunity to apply for financial aid directly from CCS—see below for detailed information.
- We are working to accept PreK Counts, state funding for 3- and 4-year-olds living below 300% of the federal poverty line. We are hoping to have this in place for fall 2022.
Families may apply for subsidies through Child Care Works (CCW—state funding which provides financial support to low-income families in paying for child care, also known as CCIS, administrated through the local ELRC) at any time, before or after enrollment at CCS. Newly applying families who have already qualified for CCIS and already enrolled families who newly qualify for CCIS will be accommodated as our budget and enrollment allow. Note that between October and June it is rare for us to have open spots available for new enrollment. For more information about CCW, see this website; for questions about CCW at our school, contact Stephanie.
Financial Aid Process
Families are invited to apply for financial aid starting in February for the following school year.
Please carefully read this entire page before beginning a financial aid application. Each application for financial aid costs the school $34. Please apply only if you are committed to completing the entire process.
Each application requires an access code. Beginning in February we will email the access code to each family who has indicated a need for financial support in their admissions application. If you would like to apply for financial aid and you have not received an access code, email Stephanie.
Children who live in multiple households must fill out one financial aid application per household.
When you click the “application” link below, you will be asked a variety of questions about your household finances and other matters, and you will be asked to provide documentation of your finances (pay stubs, tax forms, etc.). There are a lot of questions, so we encourage you to start by filling out the “worksheet,” which will help you gather the necessary documents and information before you apply.
After you complete your application, you must upload, fax, or mail supporting documents to TADS within four days (though you can request an extension). The required documents are your tax returns with supporting documentation (W2s, 1099s, pay stubs), rent or mortgage payment information, utility bills, and debt information (credit card debt, loans, medical bills, etc.). You may include a letter of special circumstance, though these letters rarely impact the evaluation process. Instructions for submitting those documents are provided at the end of the application. Note that if TADS cannot confirm the majority of the financial information in your application, we will be unable to consider your application. Families having difficulty gathering the necessary documentation should contact Jarrod as early as possible.
Applications are due no later than March 31. Decisions will be made by mid-April. We urge you to fill out the application as early as possible—it is not uncommon for TADS to require more documentation than a family initially expected.
We will contact each family by email with a tuition offer. Families have 48 hours to accept or decline the offer.
In 2020-21 families receive awards ranging from 18% to 45% of their tuition; the average family received a tuition reduction of about one third.
If you have questions about this process, contact Jarrod.
If you are ready to submit your application for reduced tuition, make sure you’ve received your access code from Stephanie, and then apply online—click the button below, then click on “Financial Aid Assessment” and use the login info from your CCS application. The application for 2021-22 will open the first week of February.