Financial Aid FAQs
We hope the information below helps to answer any questions you may have about the Financial Aid process. If you find your question is not answered here, please contact the Office of Admission at 541.382.0699 x132.
Do I apply for financial aid at the same time as I apply for admission?
Yes. The admission process and the financial aid process happen simultaneously. We communicate admissions and financial aid decisions at the same time so that families have time to consider their admission offer and meet enrollment agreement deadlines.
Can I find out if I qualify for aid without going through the entire process?
No. If you believe that your family cannot afford Cascades Academy, we encourage you to apply for financial aid. We are unable to determine if a family may or may not qualify for aid until we’ve receive a completed application.
Are there other scholarships available?
Yes. There are merit-based scholarships available for upper school students. Please visit our website for details.
Do you offer a multiple child discount?
No. Instead, we encourage families with multiple children to apply for financial aid if they feel they cannot afford tuition for all students. This allows us to make award decisions based on each individual family’s need.
Is there a cutoff income amount to qualify for financial aid?
No. Income is just one of many factors that are considered when calculating need. Other factors may include assets, family size, debt, or even responsibilities for caring for an elderly family member.
What is a typical award amount?
Award amounts range widely based on demonstrated need. For the 2016-17 school year, grants ranged from $2,000 to $12,000 with an average grant of $7,500.
What if I don’t submit the required documents by the designated deadlines?
Please submit all of your documents by the requested deadlines. If these documents are not ready, please notify Barb Cartmell immediately. In these instances, you may submit a draft or estimate of your taxes. The committee will make a conditional award decision that will be finalized upon receipt of your completed taxes. The preliminary award may change if there is a wide variance between the draft and completed taxes.
Does applying for financial aid affect my child’s prospects of admission?
If a student is a good fit for Cascades Academy, but the financial needs of an applicant is greater than the school’s ability to meet that need, a student would be placed in a financial aid waitpool. That student would then be offered a space in the class if financial assistance becomes available to him/her.
Are grants automatically renewed each year?
No. Families must re-apply for financial aid each year.
What if parents are divorced or living in separate households?
Financial need is determined based on the student's entire family's ability to pay tuition; therefore, Cascades Academy requires both parents and their spouses or domestic partners, if any, to participate in the financial assistance application process. Each household must complete a separate Parent Financial Statement and provide required tax documentation. Please speak directly with Barb Cartmell if you have questions about multiple households.
What payment plans are available?
All families are required to submit a 15% deposit of net tuition with a signed enrollment agreement. Families may choose from a variety of payment plans (one, three or eight payments). All tuition must be paid by December 1, 2018.
Cascades Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin, or any other legally protected status in the administration or educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, or athletic and other school administered programs.