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FAST Application

FAST Parent User Guide

If you have any questions about the application process,please call the *FAST Call Center at 1-877-326-FAST (3278), open 24/7*. The non-refundable application fee is payable by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. The application fee will be billed to your credit card under the name of "Independent School Management (ISM)," the company which provides the FAST application service.

After completing the application, please mail copies of your tax documents to the address below. Please do not send any originals, and do not fax or e-mail the tax information:

FAST Processing
1316 N. Union St.
Wilmington, DE 19806

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School seeks to provide an affordable, Catholic, private, college-preparatory education to all of our families. We recognize that the primary responsibility for financing a student’s education rests with the family. Because of this, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School is privileged to offer need-based financial aid to qualifying families, who could not otherwise afford to attend.

Dates

Prospective Families

To be considered for Financial Aid/Tuition Assistance, any prospective member of the Class of 2023 must submit a completed Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) application with all supporting documents. The application will open on August 1, 2018 and must be submitted by October 19, 2018. If the applicant meets this deadline, decisions about financial offers will be communicated before the Confirmation Deadline.

Deadline for Applying for Financial Aid:          October 19, 2018
Deadline for Submitting 2017 Tax Returns:     October 24, 2018
Notification of Financial Aid Offer:                   Before Christmas 2018
Deadline for Submitting 2018 Tax Returns:     April 1, 2019

Current/Transfer Families

Deadline for Applying for Financial Aid March 15, 2019
Deadline for Submitting 2017 Tax Returns April 1, 2019 (including Class of 2023)
Notification of Financial Aid Decision May 2019

FAST

The Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) program that we use provides a need-based financial aid analysis service that includes an income verification process. All information from FAST remains confidential. Any interested or returning families must apply for financial aid each year using the online FAST application, (there is a processing fee). When filling out the application, please use your name as it appears on your tax return. After applying, you will then need to mail your 2017 tax documents to FAST for income verification purposes.

Click the FAST online application link located at the top right hand corner of the page. Complete the online application by the listed deadlines. Please click on and review the Parent Guide located on the right to answer any questions.

Financial Aid FAQs

Is financial aid automatically renewed each year?

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School requires families receiving financial aid to reapply each year. All supporting documentation is required each year as well. Students receiving financial aid must be in good standing as stated in our financial policy.

What if I miss the financial aid application deadline?

Current families that miss the application deadline may not be considered in the first round of awards.

Who will have access to my financial statements?

All of the information related to the parents’ financial circumstances will be treated confidentially by the Financial Aid Committee.

What does financial aid cover?

Financial aid is applied to tuition only. Financial aid is not available for new student fees, activity fees, textbooks, uniforms, lunches, etc.

I am a divorced parent. Is my former spouse required to submit a separate application?

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School believes that parents share the obligation to pay for the educational expenses of their children. It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to ask the non-custodial parent to complete the FAST application. The Financial Aid Committee will consider the assets of both natural parents.

If I have an eighth grade daughter attending Gwynedd in the fall and applied for financial aid for her during the Admissions process, do I have to apply again for my other daughter who is attending Gwynedd as a sophomore, junior, or senior?

No, once you apply for the upcoming year, the only thing we require is your current tax return and documentation for the most recent year. This year they are due for all families before April 1, 2018.

Who do I contact at Gwynedd if I have additional questions?

Kimberly Dunphy Scott '84
kscott@gmahs.org