List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Will families receive less relief under the Income-based Tuition Cap Program than the traditional scholarship program?

    While every family’s situation is different, the formula for our income-based program was developed against the backdrop of anonymized historical scholarship data.  Our study indicates that many families will receive approximately the same relief under the Income-Based Tuition Cap Program as they would have received under the traditional scholarship program—without having to complete a scholarship application.
  • Q. Are the discounts afforded by the matrix tuition reduction program and the Income-based Tuition Cap Program automatic?

    The discounts are subject to final review and confirmation by WDS’s Executive Director and/or the WDS Scholarship Committee, but absent an unusual circumstance we expect the output of these formulas to be confirmed.  We expect that you will receive written confirmation within two weeks of submitting your AGI documentation.  Your initial written confirmation will provide an approximate number based on the current year’s tuition schedule and your AGI as reported on your last year’s Form 1040.  In the spring, shortly after you submit your most recent Form 1040 and after next year’s tuition rates are set, you will receive a follow-up letter with your exact obligation for next year.
  • Q. What information must be provided to take advantage of the matrix tuition reduction program or the Income-based Tuition Cap Program?

    All you have to do is submit your 2-page Form 1040 for each of the prior two years. You may submit your last year’s Form 1040 now, and your most recent Form 1040 after April 15 or earlier if you file your tax return earlier. All financial information is kept in strict confidence.
  • Q. Is the tuition calculator on the WDS web site anonymous?

    Yes.  The tuition calculator merely provides a convenient interface for families to check, instantly, how their obligation will be affected under the programs offered by WDS.  No data is collected by WDS when you use the calculator.  If the calculator shows that your family will benefit from one of the programs, the next step is for you to provide the first two pages of your Form 1040 for each of the past two years to WDS Executive Director Rachel Goldman (rgoldman@westchesterday.org, 914-698-8900 ext. 108).
  • Q. Is there an asset test for the Income-based Tuition Cap Program?

    No.  The formula is based entirely on AGI (adjusted gross income).
  • Q. Can you provide some examples of how the WDS tuition programs work in practice?

    EXAMPLE 1: A family has a single child in WDS’s kindergarten and an AGI of $100,000.
    • Per the current WDS tuition schedule, kindergarten tuition is $16,500.
    • Under the matrix tuition reduction program, the family saves $2,000 off the $16,500 kindergarten tuition, yielding an obligation of $14,500.
    • Under the Income-based Tuition Cap Program, the family has a tuition cap of $11,500. 
    • Because the income-based tuition is lower, the family’s obligation is $11,500.
    EXAMPLE 2: A family has a single child in WDS’s kindergarten and an AGI of $150,000.
    • Under the Income-based Tuition Cap Program, the family has a tuition cap of $19,500, which is greater than the $16,500 kindergarten tuition, so the income-based program is not applicable.
    • The family will still benefit from the matrix tuition reduction program, making its obligation $14,500.
    EXAMPLE3: A family has one child in Grade 1, one child in Grade 4, one child in Grade 6, and an AGI of $310,000.
    • Per the current WDS tuition schedule, the total tuition for Grades 1, 4 and 6 is $65,375.
    • Under the matrix reduction program, the family saves $2,000 for each child, for a total reduction of $6,000, yielding an obligation of $59,375.
    • Under the Income-based Tuition Cap Program the family has a tuition cap of $55,180.
    • Because the income-based tuition is lower, the family’s total obligation is $55,180. (The family’s WDS obligation is thus just over $18,000 per child.)
    EXAMPLE 4: Similar to Example 3, but with a high school component: the family also has one child in a yeshiva high school with a tuition of $25,000.
    • As noted above, per the WDS tuition schedule, the total tuition for Grades 1, 4 and 6 is $65,375.
    • Under the matrix reduction program, the family still has an obligation of $59,375.
    • Under the Income-based Tuition Cap Program, the family’s pro rata computation is [65,375 ÷ (65,375 + 25,000)] × $55,180, which comes out to $39,916. (The family’s WDS obligation is therefore just over $13,000 per child.)
  • Q. Can you explain how the Income-based Tuition Cap Program accounts for yeshiva high school tuition?

    WDS recognizes that many of our families also have tuition obligations to area yeshiva high schools.  Our system accommodates those obligations within the income-based tuition cap with a very straightforward approach: your WDS obligation will be a pro rata share of your overall income-based tuition cap under our formula.
  • Q. Is Ganon included in the matrix tuition reduction program or the Income-based Tuition Cap Program?

    Ganon is not included in the matrix tuition reduction program because we have a separate program under which Ganon tuition is discounted to $9,000.  For the same reason, families with children only in Ganon are not eligible for the Income-based Tuition Cap Program.  However, families with children in Ganon and other grade(s) are eligible for the Income-based Tuition Cap Program.

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