Academy Financial Aid Overview

Eligibility:

Applicants who are eligible for free/reduced lunch should submit the financial aid form on our website. Applicants using this form must have Section II completed and signed by a school official. The form cannot be accepted without the signature. Only students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch are able to receive financial aid for the Academy. Please talk to your school coordinator for more information.

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Growing Early Minds (GEM) Financial Aid Overview

Eligibility:

Families have the ability to apply for financial assistance using the GEM Financial Aid Application. If you are not eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch at school, you just need to complete Section 1 of the form. If you are eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch through your school, please also complete Section 2 of the form. You will need to talk with a school administrator and have the school sign section 2. The form needs to be returned to WCATY.

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Summer Financial Aid Overview

Eligibility:

-Applicants who are eligible for free/reduced lunch should submit the financial aid form on our website. Applicants using this form must have Section II completed and signed by a school official. The form cannot be accepted without the signature and will be returned to the family. Please send the form directly to WCATY, not DPI. Applicants under grade 5 should still use this form so that they can be considered for scholarships from WCATY's other funders.

-Applicants who are ineligible for free/reduced lunch, should submit the first page of their 2016 tax return. If extenuating circumstances are affecting your family's finances, please also submit a letter of explanation.

Important Dates:

Update: The PACE and YSSP Financial Aid deadline has been extended to May 31st.

The deadline for all financial aid applications is April 10th, 2017.  WCATY cannot allocate aid to students who have not been admitted to a program. As such, the student's program application (including application fee, supporting documentation such as his/her grade report, etc.) must be complete by April 10, 2017 as well. 

*Application materials can still be submitted after the financial aid deadline, but the student will not be eligible for aid.

Notification of Aid:

Families will be notified of decisions via written letter prior to the first tuition payment due date. WCATY is committed to making an allocation of financial aid funds to allow the largest possible number of students to attend our programs.

Other Important Information:

Applications will be reviewed by WCATY’s Financial Aid Committee. All requests will be answered and maintained in confidentiality. As part of the application process, please remember:

1. Financial aid is only available for Wisconsin students.

2. Applicants should first check with school officials to see if local monies are available for program costs.

3. Applicants should inquire about local financial support through businesses, service organizations, etc.

4. All materials supporting your application must be received by WCATY no later than April 10, 2017.

5. Applicants will be notified of awards before the first payment deadline of May 17, 2017.

6. Aid is determined by analyzing family income and extenuating economic circumstances according to the Income Eligibility Guidelines used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch Program. This document is available here.  In the past, WCATY has granted aid on a sliding scale to families with household income up to 350% of the federal poverty line.

7. Available funds for financial aid vary from year to year and past aid awards may not be an indication of current available support.

8. Each financial aid recipient will be required to write a thank-you letter to his/her sponsors and to provide WCATY with copies of the letters as a condition of final approval. This will be completed at camp. Failure to submit the thank-you letter will result in automatic denial of all future financial aid requests. Notification of the failure to complete the thank-you letter will happen in August.

9. Additional information (Essay, interview, phone conversation, etc.) may be requested from students and/or families prior to notification of aid.