My child received an offer of admissions at an independent school. I was thrilled as the admissions decision represented a great opportunity for my child to broaden their academic horizons. My happiness was deflated when I received further details on the financial aid award: $0. Why? Because my child’s father refused to submit his financial aid documentation. Note, I submitted my documentation.
In brief, it’s a hostile co-parenting situation that has required legal intervention. I tried to be proactive about the situation and researched NAIS guidance (see below for link). Per their guidance, I asked if the school would accept a letter from my lawyer attesting to the hostile co-parent relationship. The answer was no.
I’m pursuing a motion to compel for the father to submit his financial aid documentation and I’m hoping a judge can intervene. On my salary alone ($45K/year), I cannot afford to pay the tuition.
If there are any fellow parents who are familiar with the situation or can offer guidance on paths we can pursue re: financial aid, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.
I’m not able to include a link, but you can search for NAIS Developing a Financial Aid Policy for Divorced and Separated Parents