Families are encouraged to also consider applying for an Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (ECENC) grant. Students at Trident Academy have historically received the full $10K grant towards tuition. More information can be found at ExceptionalSC.org.
Trident Academy values a diverse student body in terms of socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. The decision to admit a student is based solely on the student’s learning profile and personal conduct. Similarly, Trident Academy’s Tuition Support Program is based solely on the family’s demonstrated financial needs, including the family’s net income and assets, the number of dependents in the household, and the number of children attending tuition-charging academic institutions. Allowances are made for certain taxes, medical costs, and unusual expenses.
If there are extenuating circumstances that you believe further impact your ability to pay the tuition due, you are encouraged to write a letter explaining them. The Tuition Support Committee maintains strict confidentiality of all financial information.
Applying for Tuition Support
Families interested in applying for tuition support must file a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), the official application provided by Trident Academy and the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). Online submission through SSS is available at http://sss.nais.org.
Families with more than one child in an independent school are only required to complete one PFS form; SSS will send the information to each school whose code number is indicated on the PFS. The code for Trident Academy is 904648.
We recommend that you start the SSS application process as early as February 1. Your 1040 and all schedules are required in addition to the PFS. If you have not yet completed your 1040, you should include your W-2s and/or 1099s with your submission. The Tuition Support committee will meet on or around April 10 to consider the applications submitted for re-enrolling students followed by those for new students.
Applying for tuition support is an annual process. Those who received grants in previous years are re-evaluated in relation to current circumstances before tuition support is awarded.
- Go to http://sss.nais.org/parents
- Click the Apply Now button
- If you are new to the service, establish a PFS Online account; families with an existing account should login with the already established credentials.
- Submit and pay the non-refundable PFS fee.
- Call SSS Customer Service at 800.344.8328 with any questions.