Financial Aid

Odyssey School is committed to socio-economic diversity and equity; we annually offer a significant percentage of our student population tuition assistance.

We do our best to keep tuition low and offer financial aid in order to make an Odyssey School education as affordable as possible. And, like all independent schools, the true cost of the Odyssey School experience — small classes, personalized instruction, surrounded by a beautiful campus — far exceeds the tuition charged in full. As a non-profit, we raise funds annually, in part to support our commitment to these values.

If you think you might need assistance, please apply for aid. We will happily work with you to navigate the financial aid process and paperwork. The Opportunity Scholarship provided by the NCSEAA offers direct tuition assistance for families, and is another way to help fund your Odyssey tuition.

How to Submit an Online Application for Financial Aid

To apply, you may download our 2020-21 Financial Aid Request Form or you pick up a printed copy in our front office.

Please send your completed application to jstradling@odysseycommunity.org, mail in with attention to Jennifer Stradling, or drop it by the office in person.

Returning family financial aid applications for 2020-21 are due by February 14th, 2020 and new financial aid applications are due by March 2nd, 2020. Award decisions take 4-6 weeks to determine.

If you have questions about the application forms, please contact our office at 828-259-3653 (M-F, 9 am – 4 pm).

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will applying for tuition assistance impact the admission decision for my child?
No. Our Admissions Committee does not use financial need as criteria for acceptance.
2. Do I reapply each year for tuition assistance?
Yes. Each student’s need is re-calculated annually. Therefore, parents are required to submit tax forms along with any other required documentation each year by the published deadlines.
3. If my family has historically paid full tuition, can we apply for financial aid in subsequent years?
We expect that families who begin by paying full tuition to the school will continue to do so unless unforeseen circumstances make that impossible. However, if your financial situation has changed significantly, you should apply for tuition assistance and include a detailed explanation of the change.
4. Does Financial Aid cover other costs beyond tuition?
While we try to minimize extra fees beyond tuition and publish all fees up front, we do generally ask families to contribute these dollars to help us cover extra costs for things like materials, technology, and experiential trips.
5. If we cannot pay the Family Contribution noted in the award letter, is there an appeal process?
Yes. Please notify Jen Stradling, Business Manager, at jstradling@odysseycommunity.org or 828-259-3653 of your request for an appeal and submit all written documentation that you feel may provide our Financial Aid Committee with additional insight into your financial picture. More than likely, you will be asked to set up an appointment to discuss, in detail, your particular situation and the circumstances for your appeal.
6. Is there a waiting list for Financial Aid?
Odyssey School always has more students qualifying for tuition assistance than we have the ability to fund. In the event the funds become available, we will contact you.
7. I still have questions regarding this process and Financial Aid. Whom should I contact?
Jen Stradling, Business Manager. See question five for contact information.

 


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