Financial Assistance Procedures

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Existing Family/Incoming Freshman:

This includes families with an incoming freshman and returning student(s)

• Application deadline: November 14, 2014 • Award date: December 19, 2014

• Tuition for returning students must be current – according to payment plan.

• All applications must submit 2013 taxes for application to be considered, but completed 2014 taxes will need to be sent to SMART to substantiate aid offer before April 15, 2015. (Fail-ure to comply may result in revoked financial aid award.) • If 2014 income is notably greater than 2013 income, aid will

be adjusted.

• IMPORTANT NOTE: $500 will be due as a non-refundable enrollment deposit, applied to your tuition bill, by the due date noted in aid/acceptance letter to lock in your aid. If this deadline has passed, your request may be reprocessed, but your award may be reduced or no longer be available.

New Family/Incoming Freshman

This includes families that are new to Wheaton Academy/have no students currently attending WA

• Application deadline: December 12, 2014

• All applications must submit 2013 taxes for application to be considered, but completed 2014 taxes will need to be sent to SMART to substantiate aid offer before April 15, 2015. (Fail-ure to comply may result in revoked financial aid award.) • If 2014 income is notably greater than 2013 income, aid will

be adjusted.

• IMPORTANT NOTE: $500 will be due as a non-refundable enrollment deposit, applied to your tuition bill, by the due date noted in aid/acceptance letter to lock in your aid. If this deadline has passed, your request may be reprocessed, but your award may be reduced or no longer be available.

Returning Aid Recipients or

New Current Student Applicants

This includes current families that received aid in 2014-15 or did not apply for aid in 2014-15 but need to for 2015-16

• Application deadline: April 17, 2015

• Tuition for returning students must be current – according to payment plan

• All applications need to be completed and 2014 taxes at-tached to be considered.

• IMPORTANT NOTE: 5% of resulting annual tuition, after aid, will be due as a non-refundable enrollment deposit – applied to your tuition bill. Due by date noted in aid letter to lock in your aid. If this deadline has passed, your request may be reprocessed, but your award may be reduced or no longer be available.

Late Deadlines for

Remaining Requests

This includes any family that may have missed the deadlines in the scenarios above

• Application deadline: June 12, 2015

• IMPORTANT NOTE: 15% of resulting annual tuition, after aid, will be due as a non-refundable enrollment deposit and applied to your tuition bill. Due by date noted in aid letter to lock in your aid. If this deadline has passed, your request may be reprocessed, but your award may be reduced or no longer be available.

• NO GUARANTEE OF FINANCIAL AID FUNDS REMAINING

2015-2016 Financial Assistance Procedures

Wheaton Academy is committed to making Christian education affordable. Our goal is to work with each family, understand

their individual situation, and see how we can help. To help manage tuition payments and financial assistance for the

2015-2016 school year, we have partnered with SMART Tuition. Financial assistance procedures are detailed below.

IMPORTANT: The Admission process and the Financial Aid process should be completed at the same time. (The Financial

Aid application can be started on November 1, when the SMART website becomes available for the new school year.)

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Financial Aid Process

(Please read carefully to insure all documents are submitted.)

Help is Available from SMART

Call (800) 360-8027 24 hours a day / 7 days a week or email support@smarttuitionaid.com.

Apply to SMART Online

Applying online at www.smarttuitionaid.com is the only method for submitting your application. It also allows your institution to view your application electronically within minutes of submission.

Step 1: “New Parent Registration” Step 2: “Enter School ID: 12646” Step 3: Follow Instructions

• Once you have registered and signed in, you will have the ability to complete the SMART application online. Application fee of $25 can be paid by credit card.

• After completing the online application, email, mail, or fax the supporting tax documentation to SMART. Applications cannot be processed until tax forms are submitted to SMART. All applications completed before 2014 taxes are completed must submit 2013 taxes for initial application processing. Completed 2014 taxes will need to be sent to SMART to substantiate offer before April 15, 2015.

Important WA Contacts

1. Apply to SMART Tuition Aid online at www.smarttuitionaid.com

• Apply according to schedule listed above. • Only one application per family

• Financial Aid Process is complete upon receipt of tax forms.

2. Consider Scholarship Options

• Need-Based Endowment Scholarships:

Note deadlines in Scholarship section; must be submitted with Financial Aid application.

• Merit-Based Academic Scholarship: Due by Jan. 16 with Admissions Application.

3. Financial aid decisions are sent via U.S. mail

4. To accept and lock in your aid offer, parents must

submit the non-refundable enrollment deposit.

Failure to do so may result in reduction of aid or loss

of award.

5. WA Service Opportunities are chosen at Registration

in early March.

Justin Bahorik

WA Business Manager (630) 562-7515, jbahorik@wheatonacademy.org Application Questions

Kevin McDonell

WA Service Coordinator (630) 562-7544, kmcdonell@wheatonacademy.org WA Service Questions

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WA Service Intern

and WA Service Team Opportunities

(Actual selection will take place at Registration in March)

The following WA Service Opportunities are available to students receiving financial aid. The Service Opportunities are designed not only to provide Wheaton Academy with additional help, but should be viewed as a valuable learning opportunity for each student. Parents are expected to explain to and review the Service Opportunities with their students. We believe this can be a great experience for the students. Service work will be monitored by WA Service Director Kevin McDonell.

Options below are informational only.

Actual selection of Service Opportunity will take place during Registration.

Consider these options, but DO NOT RETURN THIS PAGE WITH YOUR APPLICATION. Official sign up for all three Service Opportunities will take place during Registration in March, 2015.

Option 1

WA Service Intern

School Day Opportunity (Semester 1 or Semester 2) • Receives 1/2 elective credit for

gradu-ation requirement

• Receives a pass/fail grade (would not affect GPA)

• Requires a semester commitment during the school day

(Choose an elective class when making your course selections during Registration.)

Option 2

WA Service Team

Before or After School Day Opportunity*

• Requires a semester commitment before or after the school day (½ hr) • (Semester 1 or Semester 2) or • Requires a quarter commitment

be-fore or after the school day (1½ hrs) • (Quarter 1, 2, 3, or 4)

• Receives no elective credit for gradu-ation requirement

*Parents can partner with student to fulfill the Service Opportunity to reduce commitment by half.

Option 3

WA Summer

Service Team

Summer Opportunity* • Receives no elective credit for

gradu-ation requirement

• Requires a two-week summer com-mitment

(Select specific weeks during Registration in March for Summer Opportunity)

*Parents can partner with student to fulfill the Service Opportunity to reduce commitment by half.

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What Other Aid Options are Available?

Scholarship and Educational Loan Options

Need-Based Endowed Scholarships

Donors with a heart for the ministry of Wheaton Academy have endowed the school with funds to help pay tuition for students with specific needs and demonstrated characteristics. These scholarships are administered by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with the donors’ criteria. To qualify for the following scholarships, applicants must submit a Scholarship Application with their Financial Aid Ap-plication to the WA Financial Aid Office. Scholarship ApAp-plications are due with Financial Aid ApAp-plication – the final scholarship deadline is March 15 (unless otherwise noted in scholarship application).

Scholarship Options:

Limited scholarships separate from Financial Aid and based on merit are also available. However, scholarship/grant awards are considered in evaluating financial aid. Go to www.wheatonacademy.org, click on Financial Aid under the Admissions Tab to download the application for specific scholarships/grants. All scholarship/grant applications are returned to Wheaton Academy Financial Aid Office and must be submitted with Financial Aid application. The following pages summarize scholarship options.

Educational Loan Options:

Education loans are available through SallieMae at www.salliemae.com/k12loan or (866) 270-7307, or www.yourtuitionsolution.com or (800) 920-9777. One recent loan illustration demonstrates how a $140 per month payment for 5 years would finance 50% of one year of a WA education. While not endorsing any particular loan institution, we do encourage parents to pursue these options.

Todd Beamer ’87 Christian Character and

Leadership Endowed Scholarship

During Todd Beamer’s high school days at Wheaton Academy, no one knew that he would be a na-tional hero of Flight 93 in the first battle of the war on terror on September 11, 2001. What was known about Todd was his continuous development and demonstration of leadership skills and a Christian testimony that were evident throughout his life. This scholarship will be given to student(s) with financial need that demonstrate(s) excellence in Christian character and leadership potential as mod-eled by Todd Beamer while he was a student at Wheaton Academy.

Grant Available: Scholarship amount is determined annually based on need.

Application: There is no application for this grant; it is given at the determination of WA faculty and staff to a worthy student(s) who has/have completed a Financial Aid Application by March 15.

Virgien Clark ’51 Scholarship Award

Named in memory of Virgien Clark ’51, and representing over sixty years of commitment to Wheaton Academy, this scholarship is available to worthy applicants demonstrating financial need by com-pleting a Financial Aid application.

Grant Available: Two $2,500 scholarships awarded each year.

Application: Brief description of what being awarded this scholarship would mean to you (250 words or less)

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Need-Based Endowed Scholarships, continued

Kay and Marge Gieser Endowed Scholarship

Named in memory of former WA mothers/grandmothers Kay Gieser and Marge Gieser and support-ed by their family and friends following their deaths in 1981 and 2011, respectively, this scholarship is available to applicants who are children of missionaries or other full-time Christian workers and who demonstrate financial need by completing a Financial Aid Application.

Grant Available: Scholarship amount determined annually based on need. Application: Brief description of parents’ ministry (250 words or less)

Ellen (Hanson ’42) Lindop Endowed Scholarship

Named in honor of 1942 WA graduate Ellen (Hanson) Lindop (currently residing in California), this scholarship is available to worthy applicants demonstrating financial need by completing a Financial Aid Application.

Grant Available: Scholarship amount determined annually based on need. Application: Brief description of what being awarded this scholarship would mean to you

(250 words or less)

Paula (Jordan ’75) Lithander Endowed Scholarship

Named in memory of 1975 WA graduate Paula (Jordan) Lithander and supported by her WA classmates, family, and friends following her death in 2009, this scholarship is available to applicants who are children of missionaries or other full-time Christian workers and who demonstrate financial need by completing a Financial Aid Application. Preference will be given to those with a demonstrated commitment and/or call to full-time Christian service in the future.

Grant Available: Scholarship amount determined annually based on need. Application: Brief description of parents’ ministry (250 words or less) If applicable, brief description of applicant’s personal sense of God’s call to full-time Christian service. NOTE: This is

not a

pre-requisite; only an additional consideration.

Jean (Clausen ’52) Ludwig Endowed Scholarship

Named in memory of 1952 WA graduate Jean (Clausen) Ludwig and supported by her family and friends following her death in 2009, this scholarship is available to applicants demonstrating financial need by completing a Financial Aid Application, maintaining a high academic standard, and recommended by a WA employee.

Grant Available: Scholarship amount determined annually based on need. Application: Online recommendation submitted by a WA employee [found at www.wheatonacademy.org under Admissions – Financial Aid/Scholarships –

Jean (Clausen ’52) Ludwig Endowed Scholarship Recommendation Form] Transcripts obtained from WA Student Services.

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Need-Based Endowed Scholarships, continued

Dwight T. Peterson International Endowed Scholarship

Named in memory of former WA father Dwight T. Peterson (WA Board member from 1975-1994) and supported by his family and friends following his death in 2003, this scholarship is available to applicants who demonstrate financial need by completing a Financial Aid Application. Preference will be given to those who personally, or whose parents, carry a passport from or hold citizenship in a country other than the United States.

Grant Available: Scholarship amount determined annually based on need.

Application: Brief description of what being awarded this scholarship would mean to you (250 words or less). Copy of passport or other proof of non-U.S. citizenship where applicable.

NOTE: This is not a pre-requisite; only an additional consideration.

Diana and Chester French Stewart Scholarship Award

Named in honor of Chester French Stewart ’58 and his wife Diana, and representing sixty years of commitment to Wheaton Academy, this scholarship is available to worthy applicants demonstrating financial need by completing a Financial Aid application.

Grant Available: Two $5,000 scholarships awarded each year.

Application: Brief description of what being awarded this scholarship would mean to you (250 words or less)

Van Der Molen Family Endowed Scholarship

Named in honor of the Van Der Molen family and representing three generations of commitment to Wheaton Academy, this scholarship is available to worthy applicants demonstrating financial need by completing a Financial Aid application.

Grant Available: Scholarship amount determined annually based on need. Application: Brief description of what being awarded this scholarship would mean to you

(250 words or less)

Gail Wittekind Endowed Scholarship

Named in memory of beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Gail Wittekind and supported by her family following her death in 1998, this scholarship is available to applicants who are a member of a single-parent family with more than one child, maintain a “B” GPA, and demonstrate the following: • strong moral character and leadership as evidenced by participation in co-curricular activities • good manners in both speech and dress

• ability to verbalize their Christian testimony and how God is working in their life • financial need by completing a Financial Aid Application

Grant Available: Scholarship amount determined annually based on need. Application: Brief description of how the criteria above are met in 250 words or less

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Need-Based Endowed Scholarships, continued

Nancy Abels Wittekind Endowed Scholarship

Named in memory of beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Nancy Abels Wittekind and supported by her family following her death in 2012, this scholarship is available to applicants who are a member of a single-parent family with more than one child, maintain a “B” GPA, and demonstrate the following:

• strong moral character and leadership as evidenced by participation in co-curricular activities • good manners in both speech and dress

• ability to verbalize their Christian testimony and how God is working in their life • financial need by completing a Financial Aid Application

Grant Available: Scholarship amount determined annually based on need. Application: Brief description of how the criteria above are met in 250 words or less

Military Service Scholarship

Illinois Patriots Education Fund will award a scholarship to one student each year who is the child of a veteran or active duty member in our nation’s armed forces. The award will be based on, but not limited to, demonstrated financial need, citizenship and a desire to emulate their parent’s service to country.

Grant available: $1,000 for one student

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Merit Based Endowed Scholarships

Incoming Freshman Merit Scholarship

Criteria: To encourage motivated Christian students, Wheaton Academy is offering the following scholarships to incoming freshmen. These scholarships are awarded to students who have attained high educational goals, knowing that these are achieved by hard work in using the gifts God has given. We would like to recognize and encourage students who have shown excellence and will continue to do so. Awards are given in the following categories: English, Instrumental Music, Leadership, Mathematics, Science, Service, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music.

The Admissions interview and scholarship application must be completed by the January 15 deadline.

Application: Please submit a short essay on how you will use your gift at Wheaton Academy and beyond.

Grant available: $500, which will be applied to tuition for the freshman year only

John ’52 and Vera McNally Achievement Award

Established by 1952 WA graduate John McNally and his wife Vera, the McNally Achievement Award was created to recognize and encourage academic activities (the good student), as well as positive community service and social behavior (the good citizen.)

Criteria: Applicant must be an outstanding student and active in community service. Grants available: $500 each for six students; application due August 1 and awarded during

Homecoming

Application: (found at www.wheatonacademy.org under Admissions – Financial Aid/Scholarships – McNally Achievement Award Form). Transcripts obtained from WA Student Services.

Multicultural Scholarships

Criteria: Scholarships are available to all freshmen and transfer students who have been accepted and qualify for financial aid, and demonstrate the following:

• family displays a philosophical alignment with WA.

• student shows potential to be a high-impact contributor to the school and community.

This renewing scholarship will be reviewed yearly to determine if the student remains in good standing at WA. Any student who falls short of this criterion will not have his/her scholarship renewed.

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Application: applicants will write an essay explaining why they want to attend Wheaton Academy and what they foresee themselves adding to the school community.

If you believe that you qualify for one of these scholarships: Submit a scholarship application via email to jbahorik@wheatonacademy.org. A completed financial aid application via SMART must also be submitted at the time of your scholarship application if you are applying for a need based scholarship. Questions should be directed to Justin Bahorik at jbahorik@wheatonacademy.org or (630)562-7515.

If you believe that you qualify for one of these SCHOLARSHIPS: Submit a scholarship

application via email to jbahorik@wheatonacademy.org. A completed financial aid application

via SMART must also be submitted at the time of your scholarship application if you are

applying for a need based scholarship. Questions should be directed to Justin Bahorik at

jbahorik@wheatonacademy.org or (630)562-7515.

· Deadline to apply for most scholarships is March 15, 2015.

Checklist for Financial Aid/Scholarship Application

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Tax forms – to SMART

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Scholarship Application(s) (if applicable) – to Justin Bahorik.

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Must be submitted with Aid Application.

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