We understand and appreciate the financial commitment families undertake in deciding to send their children to The French American School of Tampa Bay. Although paying for education is first and foremost the responsibility of a family, there are options available to help assist families. FASTB has been approved by the state of Florida to accept Florida Tax Credit, Family Empowerment, McKay, Gardiner and Hope scholarships. We have partnered with Step Up For Students and AAA Scholarships, as well as the Florida Department of Education to make these scholarships available to families with students in grades K and up. Please visit these links for detailed information on which scholarship is best for you and how/when you can apply. For students who hold an active French passport, there is a process to apply for scholarships from the French government for all grade levels in our school. You can visit the Miami Consulate’s website for more information.
At FASTB, we also devote funds each year to a financial aid budget that helps assist families. To help us objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to its student(s) education expenses, we use FACTS Tuition Management Company as a trusted third party. Much like the process to apply for Florida scholarships, based on the financial information you provide, FACTS gives us an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. This helps us make fair and objective financial aid decisions.
The FACTS analysis of a family’s “Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)” is a critical component of our financial aid decision. However, it is just a start. To make our final financial aid award decisions, we use the FACTS figures as the baseline for our own additional review, taking into consideration our total financial aid budget, other information we may have collected, our school’s policies and priorities, and the needs of our entire applicant pool. Due to circumstances like these, and others, our school may not meet the level of demonstrated need shown on the FACTS Family Report you might receive.
It is for this reason that we ask families to exhaust all other sources of financial assistance (i.e. Florida or French scholarships above, extended family assistance), so we can see the full picture, accurately assess your need and render a decision.
A financial aid agreement with The French American School of Tampa Bay is confidential. We make every effort to accommodate families and we keep financial information in the strictest of confidence. In turn, we ask that families refrain from discussing details of agreements with other families. Doing so is a breach of confidentiality. It is impossible to compare one situation to another. Many elements are considered in determining a family’s ability to pay tuition and each family’s financial situation is unique. Failure to respect this confidentiality may result in the loss of financial aid in the future.
At present, four forms of tuition reduction or assistance are available at The French American School of Tampa Bay. To be eligible for consideration of any of the following financial aid opportunities described below, you must complete all scholarship and financial aid applications by the specific program deadline or March 15 for the following school year. We will communicate decisions about financial aid by March 31 for the upcoming academic year. Late applications are considered on a case-to-case basis.