Tuition Assistance FAQ’s

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TUITION ASSISTANCE:

What is the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)?
TAP is a program that is administered by FPD that helps to fill the gap between the cost of an FPD education and the amount that a family can afford to pay. It is in place for those families who desire a Christ centered college preparatory education for their child(ren), wish for them to be enrolled at FPD, and demonstrate a genuine financial need.

Who may apply for TAP?
A family who has enrolled (or re-enrolled) their children at FPD in grades K-12 is eligible to apply for TAP. Once a prospective student in grade’s K-12 has completed the admissions process and has been accepted, his or her family may be reviewed for a TAP award.

If I am awarded tuition assistance, will I have to pay anything?
Yes. Every FPD family is expected to participate in the cost of educating their child.

How does the application process work?
FPD uses a third party to review and evaluate your application. Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) is an arm of Independent School Management, and provides a confidential review of your application. FAST advises the FPD Financial Aid office the amount that you should be able to contribute toward your child’s tuition. Here are the step-by-step procedures.

How is need determined?
Several factors go into the determination of a need based tuition assistance award.

• The FAST Award Recommendation: The FAST recommendation is derived from a standardized calculation, approved by the FPD Board of Trustees, that considers a family’s assets, liabilities, income, expenses, and family size. After an allowance for basic necessities, taxes and tithing, the remaining funds are considered discretionary income, available to be used for the child’s education.

• Available TAP Funds: The pool of funds from which TAP awards are granted is generous, but limited. Award decisions may be impacted when the demand for TAP exceeds the amount of available funds.

• Special Circumstances: Sometimes the numbers don’t tell the whole story. If there are special circumstances the numbers don’t entirely reveal, there is a place in the FAST application for you to describe them.

Does FPD award athletic or academic scholarships?
FPD does not offer athletic scholarships. A student’s athletic or academic ability is not considered in determining need based tuition assistance. There are, however, several character and academic based merit based awards available to middle and upper school students that are announced during the school year. For more information, contact FPD College Counselor Brad Thompson at brad.thompson@fpdmacon.org or 478-477-6505, ext. 108.

Is there a cost to apply?
Yes. There is a $43 fee assessed by FAST to process your online application. This fee remains fixed whether the application is for one or multiple children and is payable as the last step of your online application. If you do not have a credit card, please contact FPD Financial Aid Administrator, Kay Sexton at kay.sexton@fpdmacon.org or (478) 477-6505, ext. 114.

Is my application confidential?
Absolutely. We understand that a family’s financial situation is a very personal matter. TAP application materials are kept in secured files in the Business Office and are only accessible by “need to know” staff in the FPD Financial Aid office.

May I apply for TAP, even though I haven’t filed my tax returns?
Yes. Even if you haven’t filed your income tax returns yet, go ahead and complete and submit your TAP application. Mail in your tax returns to FAST later, once they have been filed. In the meantime, we will review your TAP application, understanding that the returns are forthcoming. Any granted award will be considered as a ‘conditional’ award, which means that the award is granted based on the condition that the information on your tax return is consistent with the information you posted to your application.

How do you treat tuition assistance for divorced or separated parents?
FPD holds to the principle that both parents are responsible for the expense of a FPD education to the extent that they are able to do so. We require that both custodial and non-custodial parents provide us with the appropriate information and supporting documentation. When natural parents re-marry, we consider the obligations of the parent to his/her new family; the resources of the step-parent; and the obligations the step-parent has to his/her natural children.

What if the TAP award is too small? Are any of the pre-paid fees refundable?
The testing fee (new students) and the $43 fee to FAST are non-refundable. However, you may receive a refund of your registration or re-enrollment deposit if the TAP award is insufficient for you to enroll your children for the 2018-2019 school year. Once you receive your TAP award commitment letter, we ask that you let us know of your intent within ten (10) days.

Is there any requirement of me, after receiving a TAP award?
We do require that TAP recipients pay their monthly tuition and fees through bank draft. Upon receipt of your TAP award letter, you will also receive materials to accept the TAP award and register for the bank draft process. We then ask that you make the school aware of your intent within ten (10) days.

Must I apply for TAP every year?
Yes. FPD asks that families who receive tuition assistance submit an annual application through the FAST online application process.

Is there a deadline to apply?
Yes and no. There is not a specific deadline for consideration, but there are target dates for you to pursue. The majority of the 2018-2019 TAP funds will be awarded during the spring of 2018. The sooner you apply, the greater your chances will be of receiving a meaningful TAP award.

2018-2019 TAP Target Dates

By this Date this should occur:
January 31, 2018 – Complete the FAST online application.

March 1, 2018 – Mail your supporting documents to FAST.

March 31, 2018 – You will be contacted by FPD, via e-mail, regarding the amount
of assistance that is granted for the 2018-2019 school year.

Q. Who do I contact if I have questions?

A. Help is only a phone call or email away. If you have questions about your FAST application or your supporting documentation, contact FAST at help@ismfast.com or 1-877-326-FAST. Call center hours are 24/7/365.

If you have questions about your award amount, or other questions about the FPD Tuition Assistance Program, contact the FPD Financial Aid or Admissions Office.

Kay Sexton, Financial Aid Administrator 
kay.sexton@fpdmacon.org, 478-477-6505, ext. 114

Charlie Parrish, Chief Financial Officer
 charlie.parrish@fpdmacon.org, 478-477-6505, ext. 104

Cheri Frame, Enrollment Director
 cheri.frame@fpdmacon.org, 478-477-6505, ext. 107