Financial Aid and Scholarships
St. Andrew’s Schools is committed to honoring Queen Emma’s vision of providing access to an excellent education for Hawaiʻi’s children.
The aid we've received from St. Andrew's has meant having an environment for our daughter where girls thrive. We love that she is able to be part of a school ʻohana that centers around the energy, voice, and strength that girls bring to the world. Our daughter loves every subject, every class, and every teacher. April Ching, Priory Parent
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - See Financial Aid FAQ tab below on this page.
The PFS Online Workbook 2023-24
Complete Parent Financial Statement
Beginning September 1, 2022, go to sssbynais.org/parents.
Create your Parent Financial Statement (PFS) Online account with your email address and a password. If you applied for financial aid last year, simply login to the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year.
Designate St. Andrew's Schools, The Priory, The Prep, to receive your online financial aid application. Please enter our school’s SSS code: 6274.
Fill out the PFS for Academic Year 2023-24. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time then return later to complete it. After you have clicked submit, you’ll be brought to a payment screen. The fee of $60 is nonrefundable.
After you pay for and submit your PFS, you’ll have access on the PFS Online to a section called “Manage Documents.” You can upload the required documents there.
Gather Required Documents
Signed copy of filed 2022 1040 Form including all supporting schedules and attachments
2022 W-2 form(s), and/or 1099s, in their entirety
End of year 2022 paycheck stub
Signed copy of filed 2021 1040 Form including all supporting schedules and attachments
2021 W-2 form(s), and/or 1099s, in their entirety
Prepare your documents to be uploaded. Make sure the documents are on your computer, each saved as a separate PDF file. Remove any security or password protection from your document files.
Return to the PFS Online and log in.
Select the Academic Year 2023-24 button.
From the PFS Online, click on the “My Documents” tab.
On the “My Documents” page, you will see an upload button or a hyperlink next to a specific document name in the “Required Documents” section of the PFS. Clicking either the upload button or a hyperlink will lead you through a series of steps allowing you to name, locate, and save the file.
Current Mortgage/HELOC statement(s) for all properties owned (showing monthly payment and outstanding balance)
Current Property Assessment for all residential and/or investment properties owned
Current document(s) indicating amount of private school or college financial aid, scholarships and/or loans for applicant's sibling(s)
Copy of Social Security Benefit Statement Form SSA-1099 received for all family members
Copy of SNAP/TANF/Section8/Housing Benefit/other government assistance statement(s)
Copy of Unemployment Benefit/Worker's compensation/TDI statement(s)
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- What happens in cases where parents are divorced, separated, or never married?
- A parent may marry, remarry, or establish a permanent relationship with another adult. Will that person’s financial circumstances be considered in the financial aid award for the children?
- What happens if a biological parent cannot be contacted or the whereabouts are unknown?
- How does the school determine financial need?
- How much income would put my family out of the financial aid range?
- Should I apply for financial aid before applying for admission?
- What if I have more than one child attending The Priory or The Prep or another tuition-charging school?
- Do I need to reapply for financial aid each year?
- Will my child’s financial aid award change from year to year?
- Do I have to repay the financial aid received?
- When would I be notified of the financial aid award?
- Are there any conditions of this financial aid award?
- Would I lose the tuition deposit if the financial aid amount is insufficient and my child goes to a public school?
- Can a family apply for a named scholarship?
Divorce, separation, or never married does not relieve biological parents from their responsibilities to educate their children. St. Andrew’s Schools requires both custodial and non-custodial parents to apply for financial aid by completing and filing their PFS with SSS and submitting all required documents by the appropriate deadline. The Committee reviews the financial status of both biological parents and their households and determines the student’s need based on the family’s ability to contribute. St. Andrew’s Schools will not be bound by any divorce agreement specifying a parent’s responsibility for education expenses since the School was not a party to the agreement nor was the School represented at the hearing. Likewise, St. Andrew’s Schools will not be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for the student. The school considers the obligations of the parents to their new family situations in determining the award but will not become involved in allocating the award on a proportional basis to the families involved. The responsibility for all communications and payments ultimately lies with the custodial parent.
Yes. The addition of another adult into your household generally changes its financial picture to a considerable degree. In the school’s view, your resources and expenses, including those for education, become family resources and expenses, just as those of your new partner become part of the family’s financial picture. We will ask you to complete the PFS together, providing information pertinent to the new family unit and appropriate documents.
The school will waive the requirement if the custodial parent can provide verifiable documentation from an official source, such as a family doctor, lawyer, member of the clergy, school official, social worker, employer, or other non-related person who is aware of the family situation in a professional capacity, that states that the:
- Location of the non-custodial parent is unknown.
- Non-custodial parent has provided no support and has had no contact with the family for at least two years.
- Involvement of the non-custodial parent is not in the best interest of the student and/or custodial parent.
If there are any other extenuating circumstances that might warrant waiving this requirement, written requests may be sent to the Financial Aid Office.
The school and Student Services by NAIS (SSS) uses a nationally accepted formula to analyze a family’s finances as demonstrated through the PFS and provides a preliminary estimate of a family’s ability to contribute to their children’s educational expenses. Both the finances and the estimate of contribution are provided to the School, which uses that information to determine need (the difference between the tuition and the family’s estimated contribution) and make tuition awards. St. Andrew’s Schools is generally able to award only a percentage of the SSS-calculated need.
There is no predetermined income figure that qualifies a family for tuition assistance. Numerous factors are considered in determining need, including but not limited to family size, assets, liabilities, and number of children attending a tuition-charging school. The school looks at the application, and it differentiates between necessary expenses and money spent for lifestyle choices and voluntary reductions in income such as being a stay-at-home parent, leaving work to become a fulltime student, retiring, etc. The school cannot provide financial aid to support lifestyle expenditures that could be directed to education or to make up for voluntary reductions in income.
The admission application should be completed concurrently with the financial aid application. While the two processes are separate, financial aid is awarded only to applicants who are qualified to enroll in the school. If the financial aid process is completed by the deadline, the tuition awards are mailed in the acceptance enrollment packets.
It is important that all children in the household who are attending a tuition-charging school are included on the PFS. It is also important, and expected, that parents apply for tuition assistance for all of the schools their children attend, including colleges and universities. If the other schools do not have a financial aid program, please note that on the PFS. In order to receive aid from St. Andrew’s Schools, parents must apply for aid at all schools their children attend.
Yes. To be eligible, families must reapply for financial aid each year. As long as your financial need continues, the school will continue to try to assist you. Adjustments will be made each year for tuition increases, changes in your family’s financial picture, availability of financial aid funds, and the number of applicants.
No. The financial aid award is a gift to your family from St. Andrew’s Schools, funded in part by generous donations from our benefactors. After your child has completed her/his education and is gainfully employed, it is our hope that your family will choose to give back by contributing monetarily to the financial aid program so that others may also benefit from a St. Andrew’s Schools’ education.
No. As long as you notify us within seven business days of being granted the financial aid award, your deposit will be refunded if you are unable to afford the tuition after the financial aid award is applied to the total amount due and your child attends a public school or a private school with a lower net tuition. (Net tuition would be the private school tuition, less financial aid or scholarship.) A copy of your child’s class schedule or other document from a public school or a copy of the tuition notification from a private school would be required in order to receive a full deposit refund. This must be done within seven business days, or prior to July 5, whichever comes first, after which date the enrollment deposit is non-refundable.
Financial aid budget funds are partly derived from donors who support the schools’ financial aid program and have indicated eligibility criteria. Families apply for financial assistance in general and not for individual scholarships. Students receiving financial aid awards are assigned to individual scholarships based on the donor criteria and funds available. The named scholarships are part of, not in addition to, the financial aid award. The designated recipients and their parents are often asked to write thank you or testimonial letters that are collected and disbursed through the Office of Institutional Advancement.
- Ke Aliʻi Collaboration
- Financial Aid Scholarships
- Foundation in Faith Scholarship
- St. Andrew's Priory Merit Scholarship
- Queen Emma Preschool
St. Andrew’s Schools and Kamehameha Schools signed the Ke Ali'i Collaboration, which provides half a million dollars in tuition assistance for new and currently enrolled Native Hawaiian students at The Priory (girls K-12) and The Prep (boys K-6) who demonstrate some degree of financial need. This strategic and collaborative agreement will provide more children of Hawaiian ancestry with a high quality, college preparatory and Hawaiian culture-based education.
As two long-standing, highly reputable educational institutions on Oʻahu, with a common Aliʻi founding and the aligned goal of providing Hawaiian children access to an excellent education, we are honored to partner with Kamehameha Schools to advance the success of Native Hawaiian children!
In order to be considered, families must apply for admission to St. Andrew’s Schools AND financial aid through SSS by NAIS. To benefit from this collaboration, families must demonstrate financial need. If you have any questions please contact the St. Andrew’s Admissions office at (808) 536-6102 or email@example.com.
St. Andrew’s Schools have many named scholarships, all of which are awarded based upon a family’s financial need.
Upon acceptance to St. Andrew’s Schools and after completion of the financial aid application, the Financial Aid Committee meets and distributes scholarship monies based on the specific criteria set forth in the scholarship. Scholarships are renewable annually as long as the student remains in good academic standing, continues to fulfill the scholarship criteria, and continues to qualify financially.
Here are a few of our scholarships:
- Amelia G. Gaston Scholarship
Children of Episcopal priests who demonstrate financial need are eligible for this scholarship. Students in grades K-12 are eligible for this scholarship.
- Fred Haruto Shintaku and Ruth K. Shintaku Scholarship
Students entering grades 9-12 with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, who participate in community service, and demonstrate financial need are eligible for this scholarship.
- Phoebe Furtado Gedge and George Donald Gedge Endowed Scholarship Fund
Students entering grades 6-12, of Hawaiian ancestry, who participate in athletics, and have earned at least a 2.75 grade point average, and demonstrate financial need are eligible for this scholarship.
- Mililani Group, Inc. Scholarship
Students who live in the Pearl City/Mililani (Ewa/Central Oahu) areas and demonstrate financial need are eligible for this scholarship. Students in grades K-12 are eligible for this scholarship.
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Queen Emma Kaleleonālani dedicated herself to serving the health, educational, and spiritual needs of her people. She provided access to quality healthcare for Hawaiian people with the establishment of The Queen's Medical Center in 1859.
In late 1861, along with her husband, Kamehameha IV, she brought the Anglican Church to the Hawaiian Islands. To provide for their educational needs, Queen Emma established St. Andrew's Priory School for Girls in 1867 which has grown to include The Prep for boys, K-6 and Queen Emma Preschool, for children ages 2-5 years old.
In the spirit of our common royal and Episcopal heritage, St. Andrew's Schools offers a $1500.00 scholarship to The Priory or The Prep to children of members in good standing of any Episcopal Church in Hawaiʻi.
Members must obtain a reference letter/form with signature from the priest of their church, or if moving to Hawaiʻi, a letter from the church they left most recently. This letter/form must be provided at the time the student applies for admission to St. Andrewʻs Schools.
The St. Andrew's Priory Merit Scholarship is a half-tuition award for students entering grades 6, 7, and 9 for the 2023-24 school year. The scholarship will be awarded for consecutive years thereafter, as long as the student remains in good standing in The Priory. Multiple awards will be given in each grade level for the 2023-24 school year, and we reserve the right not to make an award based on the pool of candidates.
Candidates should possess a desire to lead, with demonstrated leadership abilities, in addition to a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 (or elementary equivalent) or higher. The selection committee will take into consideration scholastic achievement, leadership, and extracurricular activities.
This scholarship opportunity is open to all incoming students and current Priory students who meet the criteria outlined below. Demonstrated financial need is not a requirement for this scholarship and there are no income restrictions to apply. Before an award can be distributed, the student must be enrolled for the 2023-24 school year.
Financial aid may be pursued in addition to the merit scholarship.
For more details and to apply, please click here.
There are several options for parents to explore regarding tuition assistance to attend Queen Emma Preschool. These options are available from outside organizations and Queen Emma Preschool is a participating school. Currently, St. Andrew's Schools does not provide financial aid to Queen Emma Preschool families.
Eligibility and requirements vary. Please reach out directly to each organization for details and the most up-to-date information.
This is a child care subsidy awarded to eligible families for the year prior to the child's entrance to Kindergarten. DHS (Department of Human Services) is the administrator of the program and partners with PATCH (People Attentive to Children) to run the program. POD provides monthly preschool tuition subsidies to qualified families. Parents may choose any DHS licensed preschool. For more information, please call (808) 791-2130.
Also administered through DHS, this child care service accepts applications year round. For more information, please call (808) 566-2600.
Kamehameha Schools offers a need-based scholarship to eligible families of Native Hawaiian ancestry that are planning to attend a participating PKS preschool. There are deadlines to apply. For more information, please call (808) 534-8080.