Ways We Support Our Families

TUITION INCENTIVE PROGRAM
 
At Westfield Friends School, we are mindful of the sacrifices and prioritizations parents make to give their children the very best opportunities they can. We work hard to keep costs competitive and affordable for our families and strongly believe that money should not be a barrier to a high-quality educational experience like that provided at Westfield Friends School. To this end, in addition to implementing our new Responsive Tuition program, we continue to offer our current families several Tuition Incentive Programs:

We recognize the extraordinary strain the uncertainty of COVID-19 places on families of young children. We hope that our plan for 2020-2021 will address some of the challenges you face.  

Our hope and intention is to operate a face to face Preschool and PreKindergarten program for the 2020-2021 school year. We know that in-person socialization is one of the main features you value in our child-centered, play-based program.  

After considering several plans, and striving to balance the real needs of our youngest students, the financial pressures on parents and guardians, and the school’s need to maintain our experienced staff, the Board of Trustees has approved the following plan for Preschool 2, Preschool 3, and Prekindergarten enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Enrollment Status

  • When you enroll in the Preschool 2, Preschool 3, and Prekindergarten programs, you should set up your FACTs payment plan 
  • If you choose to un-enroll your children, you may do so by contacting Carol Beaton, Director of Finance, up to ten school days before the announced start of school for 2020-2021. Any tuition paid to date will be refunded minus an administrative fee of $250
  • The school reserves the right to start school as early as August 17 and no later than September 8. The actual start date will be announced as far in advance as possible based on New Jersey state directives related to COVID-19
  • Your child may be re-enrolled after the start of school at any time as long as there is a space for your child. You do not need to re-apply or go through the admissions process  

Refund for distance learning

  • For enrolled students in the 2020-2021 school year
  • Should local, regional, or state government officials require Westfield Friends School to switch to distance learning for COVID-19 reasons only, not including announced vacation days, holidays, or any other non-COVID-19 stoppages, Westfield Friends School will refund Preschool 2, Preschool 3, and Prekindergarten families 40% of the daily rate of tuition for up to 30 days of distance learning. Westfield Friends School will track in person and distance learning school days
  • If we reach 170 in person school days in May of 2021, school days in June will be billed at the regular daily rate. June 18, 2021, will be end of the academic school year
  • If we have not had 170 in person school days by June 18, 2021, the refund will be processed
  • We want to ensure as many face to face days as possible. If we need to make up days, we will use the following scheduled vacation days as necessary: October 13, December 28-30, February 17, and March 29-31. Please do not make irrevocable vacation plans

In an effort to support Pennslyvania families who find Westfield Friends School an attractive option for their children, we are offering a transportation rebate. The rebate is payable in January of each enrolled year. Please note that in order to receive the transportation rebate you must have at least one child enrolled at WFS and you must be current in your tuition payments.(For existing PA incentive arrangements (extended day, etc) the larger incentive credit will apply.)

The more quality students we have, the better off the school is from the cost of tuition to program perspective. We believe that parental word of mouth is our greatest resource for admissions. Our families understand the type of people we seek to welcome into our community and can help ensure the quality of our student body through their referrals. To that end, if a current parent refers a student to WFS, and the student is deemed a good fit and is enrolled, that parent will receive a tuition rebate up to $5000 spread out over four years and payable in January of each enrolled year (Year 1: $500, Year 2: $1500, Year 3: $1500, and Year 4: $1500). Please note that in order to receive the rebate the referred family must name you in their first contact with Westfield Friends School. In addition each January, you must have at least one child enrolled at WFS, the student you referred must also remain enrolled, and you must be current in your tuition payments. 

A current parent who refers a prospective eighth student who is admitted and enrolled will receive a $500 tuition rebate as long as at least one of the parent's children is enrolled at WFS.

We believe it is important to ease the financial burden for families with multiple children enrolled at WFS. Families with more that one child enrolled in the same academic year will receive a 5% tuition discount for each younger sibling of the oldest child. Please note that the sibling discount is not applicable to families who participate in Responsive Tuition.

For a returning student entering the Middle School, the Responsive Tuition Range (RTR) set for sixth grade at that time will remain the RTR for that student until he or she graduates. 

For a new family enrolling a child in 7th or 8th grade, your tuition will fall within the published Responsive Tuition Range (RTR) of your first year enrolled at Westfield. If enrolling in 7th grade, your RTR will not go up the following year, even if the published RTR increases.

FAQs: $5000 REFER A STUDENT TUITION REBATE 

DOES WESTFIELD FRIENDS SCHOOL NEED CONFIRMATION OF A REFERRAL?

Yes. You must be identified by the referred individual on his or her application at the time of submission AND you must notify the Coordinator of Admissions & Development of the referral details via email immediately after making the referral.

HOW IS THE $5000 REBATE APPLIED?

In the first month of January that the referred student is an enrolled and current WFS student, a $500 rebate will be given to the referring family. Each January for the next three years that the referred student is enrolled and the referring family is enrolled, a $1500 rebate will be given to the referring family. The referring family must be current in their tuition payments to receive the rebate.

The rebate remains intact for the full four years as long as the referred student is enrolled for four years AND the referrer is the parent of an enrolled student for those same four years. If either the referrer or the referred leaves before the four year period is over, the discount ends. No additional rebate checks will be issued even if the referring family has not been able to take advantage of all four years of the tuition rebate.

HOW MANY REFERRALS CAN I  MAKE?

As many as you like--, there is no limit on the number of referrals you can make or how many corresponding rebates you will receive.

 

Can a tuition rebate be used in conjunction with the sibling discount?

Yes.

Can I Refer one of my own children?

No.

Are there any tax implications?

Yes. Referral incentives would be considered 'income' and therefore, annually, and before the rebate check is issued, the referring individual will be required to provide a W-9 to the school, certifying their social security number.  After the end of the calendar year of the rebate, the school will issue a 1099 for income reporting purposes on their tax return.

FAQs: SIBLING DISCOUNT

to which child's tuition will the discount be applied?

The discount will be applied to each sibling of the oldest child enrolled.

What if I enroll a Sibling after the beginning of the school year? When will the discount be applied?

The discount will be applied immediately.

What if the sibling leaves the school? Will I lose the Discount?

If a sibling leaves the school, your tuition account will be adjusted to reflect a prorated discount.

Can I get the sibling discount in conjunction with the referral discount?

Yes. 

Can I get the sibling discount in conjunction with responsive tuition?

No. 

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT The sibling discount?

Questions about Sibling Discount should be directed to:

Carol Beaton, Director of Finance & Operations 

cbeaton@westfieldfriends.org

856.829.0895 ext. 118

FAQs: MIDDLE SCHOOL TUITION FREEZE

what if I am a new family, enrolling in 7th or 8th grade? what tuition will I pay?

For a new family enrolling a child in 7th or 8th grade, your tuition will fall within the published Responsive Tuition Range (RTR) of your first year enrolled at Westfield. If enrolling in 7th grade, your RTR will not go up the following year, even if the published RTR increases.

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT middle school tuition Freeze?

Questions about the tuition freeze should be directed to:

Carol Beaton, Director of Finance & Operations

cbeaton@westfieldfriends.org 

 

856.829.0895 ext. 118