While we are dedicated to providing as much aid as possible to requesting families, financial aid is a limited resource and is awarded on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate all requests.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Please fill out our online financial aid application or submit a copy of your 1040 tax return (2019) or other documents reflective of your household income to Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or in-person in Room 101 or 102. If you are unable to provide a tax return, please inquire with Student Services about alternative documentation.
If your family has experienced a change in finances due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is not reflected on your financial aid documents, please contact us at email@example.com, and we will do our best to adjust your financial aid package accordingly.
When will my financial aid be applied?
Once approved, your financial aid will be applied once you have provided the $30 registration fee for the Academic Year ($15 Summer Session), and, if applicable, paid the deposit for the first four private lessons.
How often do I need to submit my financial aid documents?
In order for us to maintain a fair and equitable process, families must resubmit their financial aid documents annually. Student Services will keep your documents on file for one full calendar year. Due to limited resources, submitting your documents does not guarantee your student will receive financial aid. Many factors are taken into consideration.
Are new students eligible to receive financial aid?
New students can receive financial aid if their family’s tax return deems them eligible, and if financial aid funds are still available (As noted above, financial aid is a limited resource and awarded on a first come, first served basis).
What would prevent a student from receiving financial aid?
There are a variety of reasons why a student might not receive financial aid (listed below):
- Household income exceeds threshold to qualify for financial aid
- All of Merit’s financial aid has been distributed and there are no more funds available
- Registration fees and private lesson deposits were not received by Student Services
For questions or more information regarding financial aid, please email Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-786-9428.