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Woodlynde's Financial Aid Philosophy

At Woodlynde School, there is a commitment to help any qualified student receive a Woodlynde education. Woodlynde recognizes that tuition costs represent a significant investment in each student's future, so need-based Financial Aid is made available to enrolled families who apply and meet the school's criteria. Students thus are able to take advantage of a Woodlynde education, and the student body is enriched by the socio-economic diversity that is inherently valued in the school's mission.

The Family's Financial Commitment

Woodlynde's Financial Aid grants are intended to support those enrolled families that have demonstrated need and who have already accessed other outside sources of income and addressed expense savings. Those income sources include grandparents, other family members, employment of all able-bodied parents, other potential scholarship programs, or a settlement from a school district. Non-educational lifestyle expenses that can also be addressed prior to applying for Financial Aid include ownership of second homes, luxury automobiles, or memberships in private dues-paying clubs. These are the kinds of considerations families should make before applying for Financial Aid. While Woodlynde is committed to supporting demonstrated need to the extent possible, we also believe that families must bear some of the sacrificial burden in this partnership.

How Financial Aid Decisions are Made

Financial Aid decisions are made by the Financial Aid Committee, which is separate from the Admissions Committee. An application for Financial Aid in no way affects an applicant’s opportunity to be admitted to the school. All Financial Aid decisions are made based on financial need without regard to a student’s race, color, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Woodlynde relies upon the truthfulness of the information provided in each application, and families who apply acknowledge their continuing obligation to notify the school if financial circumstances improve. 

*Woodlynde funds its annual financial aid awards in part through grants and scholarships provided by outside foundations and will occasionally ask financial aid applicants/recipients to submit information to facilitate funding from outside sources.

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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Families may apply for financial aid at the time of application to the school. The Financial Aid review process begins in February.
  1. Fill out the Financial Aid Letter of Intent 2019-2020 and return it to the Woodlynde Business Office as soon as possible. This allows the Office to track all requests by the date received in preparation for Financial Aid allocation.
  2. REQUIRED: Complete a Request for Transcript of Tax Return Form (IRS Form 4506-T). Please sign the bottom. The form is available here.
  3. Complete the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) online at http://sss.nais.org.**
    • NOTICE - NEW THIS YEAR: In addition to the PFS form, Woodlynde School requires you upload a copy of your complete 2018 Tax Return, including your PA State Return, and all supporting schedules (W2s, 1099s, completed IRS 4506T Form, etc.) to the online portal at http://sss.nais.org. Applications cannot be processed without all documents received in full.
    • NOTICE: If you are separated or divorced, the non-custodial parent MUST fill out a separate Application**.
    • NOTICE: When supplying information for consideration of Financial Aid through the School and Student Service for Financial Aid, you agreed to provide current, complete, and accurate information about yourself. If any information provided is untrue, inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, Woodlynde School has the right, without limiting any of its other rights or remedies, to terminate your application, recover any previously disbursed Financial Aid, and decline to provide you with Financial Aid in the future.
  4. If you are eligible and the Financial Aid Committee grants Financial Aid, you will be notified of the grant in writing 
* Woodlynde School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, disability, creed, or religion in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid and loan policies, employment policies, or athletic and other school programs.
If you have questions about completing the Financial Aid application, please contact SSS.
SSS Customer Service: 800.344.8328
SSS Customer Service Email: sss@nais.org

Woodlynde School

445 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, PA 19087-5498
Tel: 610.687.9660 
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in Grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language-or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.