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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

Our financial aid program is designed to provide educational opportunities to students whose families may not be able to afford the full cost of tuition.

Deerfield-Windsor administers its financial aid program in accordance with the principles and practices of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The school offers a limited amount of financial aid based on a family's need as determined by School & Student Services (SSS), a service of NAIS.

To be considered for financial aid, families must submit the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) to SSS along with their most recent Federal Income Tax Form (1040). The PFS must be filed online. The fee to submit this application is on a sliding scale but will not exceed $50 for the 2017-2018 school year. SSS calculates the amount of demonstrated need and reports this to DWS.

Families are urged to apply as soon as possible. Priority consideration for current families will be given until April 15th.

Deerfield-Windsor School does not consider financial need in the admissions process, but it is important to know that we cannot meet the full amount of demonstrated need for all applicants. Recipients of financial aid are expected to remain in good academic standing and maintain acceptable behavior. Families receiving financial aid must meet all school financial obligations. Failure to meet any of these expectations can result in the termination of the financial aid grant. Financial aid grants are awarded on a one-year basis and will be reviewed annually.

All information is maintained in strictest confidence by the members of the Financial Aid Committee.

For more information, contact Jennifer Ricks, Director of Admission at 229-435-1301, ext. 297 or email Mrs. Ricks.

Scholarships

Deerfield-Windsor awards four academic scholarships each year based on academic excellence - two for entering students and two for current students.

Honor Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded each spring to two exceptional students, one entering the 6th grade and one entering the 9th or 10th grade in the coming fall. The Honor Scholarships are presented to students who are not currently enrolled at DWS. These full tuition awards remain in place for middle school or high school as long as commendable academic and conduct records are maintained.

More specifically:

  • All candidates must be enrolled in the 5th, 8th, or 9th grade at the time the application is made. No candidate may be a current or former student of DWS or sibling of a former Honor Scholarship recipient.
  • All candidates must present themselves for academic testing and personal interviews at specified date and time.
  • The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic potential, academic achievement, personal qualities, and other areas of talent.
  • The scholarships are based on the merit of the student, not the need of the family.
  • The scholarships are for the 6th, 9th, or 10th grade, but may be renewed annually upon satisfactory progress in all areas of school life.
  • The DWS Board of Trustees’ Scholarship Committee decides the winners of the awards.

Cannon Family Scholarships

The Cannon Family Scholarships are named in honor of Chris Cannon and his family in recognition of their generous support for Deerfield-Windsor School for many years.

Students who have attended Deerfield-Windsor for at least one year are eligible to apply for this half-tuition scholarship. Two non-renewable Cannon Family Scholarships are awarded each school year.

The Scholarships will be presented to students currently enrolled in grades 9, 10, or 11 and are based primarily on academics. Extracurricular activities are considered in the selection process but are not the primary criterion. Students enter by completing an application and by writing an essay in a supervised setting. The DWS Board of Trustees’ Scholarship Committee decides the winners of the awards.

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