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Tuition Policies 2014-15

General Payment Policy

Upon enrollment, parents accept financial responsibility for the full year’s tuition. The total due may be paid on a monthly, semi-annual or annual basis. Annual payments are due by August 1st and semi-annual payments are due by August 1st and February 1st.

Monthly payments over ten months can be made in two ways:

  • The school recommends that you use ACH (Automated Clearing House) which is a direct bank transfer system. Using this method, payments are transferred on the 10th of each payment month. The office will assist you in setting this up with your bank.
  • Payments can also be made by Credit Card. Your card will be charged on the 10th of each payment month.

By special arrangement, the office will provide documentation to assist families who receive financial support for tuition from their employers. Families are, nevertheless, responsible for making all payments on time.

Discounts

Discounts are taken against the net tuition. It does not apply to the enrollment fee.

  • Early Enrollment Discount:
    5% to all families that re-enroll at the school for the following year within the prior announced deadline.
  • Sibling Discount:
    Tuition discount for second child enrolled is 10%,  tuition discount for third child enrolled  is 20%, tuition discount for fourth child enrolled is 30% and so on for any additional children enrolled.
  • Discount for Pre-paid Tuition:
    Full annual tuition paid by August 1st is discounted by 3%. Tuition paid semi-annually (August 1st and February 1st) is discounted by 2%.

Late Payments

A late-payment fee of $100.00 will be assessed for missed payments more than five days overdue; an additional service charge of 1.5% per month will apply for any account over thirty days past due. If an annual or semi-annual payment is 30 days late, the family will be automatically converted to monthly payments for the balance of the contract.

The school reserves the right to deny admission of the student to the facilities of the school, including classes, if payments due the school are not made by the due dates. Students whose accounts are in arrears will not participate in school projects/field trips, and progress reports and transcripts will not be released until payment is received.

Withdrawals

The enrollment contract with the school is a binding agreement for the school year that it encompasses. The School Board of Directors will only release a family from this contract in the event of the family relocating more than 50 miles from their current residence.

In addition, children enrolled into the Preschool program for the first time that do not arrive at a suitable level of readiness to attend the program, as determined by the Preschool Principal, within the first month of attendance will be released from their contractual obligations with the exclusion of the enrollment fee.

Applications for Enrollment

GAIS accepts applications throughout the year. Please see more detailed information on our specific websites: http://www.gais.org/admissions/

Once an application has been accepted, you will be asked to submit the following documents and payments to the school:

  • Completed enrollment contract
  • Annual fee
  • A tuition deposit

Annual fee: The yearly, non-refundable annual fee is $550 for each child. This fee includes a contribution to the School Building Fund, a contribution for the cost of instructional materials and school books used during the school year, insurance and administrative costs of the enrollment.

Students Enrolling during the School Year

There is no reduction in the annual tuition for students admitted during the first six weeks of the year; those entering thereafter are charged on a pro-rated basis from the day of entrance, in accordance with the number of days remaining in the academic year.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance in the form of tuition reduction is available for students in Grades K/VS – 8 and is based solely upon financial need. Please download our application form ‘Financial Aid Application 2014-15‘, fill it out and submit the completed financial aid application together with supporting documents to our office.