Financial Aid Policy
An education from The Discovery School is an investment in your child’s future. We realize that education costs are a significant financial commitment and may be a challenge for some families. Discovery provides partial scholarships based on need.
Financial aid is available to current students and new applicants. All admission decisions are made without regard to financial aid. In order for your financial aid application to be considered, an application for admission must be on file at TDS. Discovery utilizes the SmartAid financial aid program. SmartAid provides an objective financial needs assessment directly to our administration. The application fee is $25.
Applications can be submitted online beginning in December. Partial scholarships are awarded, based on need, beginning in February/March and will be offered as part of the annual student contract process. Applications for financial aid submitted after the January 31 deadline may be considered if scholarship funds remain available.
How do I apply for financial aid?
All financial aid applicants must have a complete admissions application on file to be considered for financial aid. You may access the SmartAid application on line through our website. You must submit all financial documentation, including tax returns, to receive a final financial aid determination. All submissions are confidential and only reviewed by Discovery’s financial aid committee. Tax returns must be submitted and scholarships awards are contingent on tax returns submitted to SmartAid.
The Discovery School's SmartAid code is 14242.
Florida School Choice Scholarships
Discovery accepts Florida School Choice Scholarships through Step Up for Students, a state-approved, nonprofit scholarship funding organization that empowers families to pursue and engage in the most appropriate learning options for their children. For more information and how to apply, please visit StepUpForStudents.org.
Below are the scholarships Discovery welcomes.
Florida Tax Credit Scholarship & Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (FTC & FES-EO)
Available to Florida residents, regardless of household income, who are eligible to attend a K-12 public school.
The scholarship will first pay for the cost of private school tuition and related fees or public school transportation.
$7,800 average amount awarded for private school scholarships for the 2023-24 school year
Family Empowerment Scholarships for Unique Abilities (FES-UA; formerly Gardiner)
Available to students age 3 through grade 12 or age 22, whichever comes first, who have a specific diagnosis.
This scholarship is delivered as an education savings account (ESA) that parents can direct toward a combination of programs and approved providers.
$9,000 average award for an FES-UA scholarship.
Funds may be used for tuition and fees for a private school (Kindergarten-8th grade only at Discovery), homeschooling options, therapies, tutoring and more.
Notice to parents enrolling students under the FES-UA scholarship: Please note that our school accommodates students with disabilities in accordance with the requirements under federal and local law. However, your child may not necessarily receive the types of accommodations or related services that your child may be entitled to receive at a public school, as public schools have different obligations under the IDEA. The IDEA does not apply to private schools. We are happy to have a conversation with you about the accommodations that your child may need and be entitled to at our school.
Please note that Step Up for Students funding is contingent upon State availability and legislation. Should the State modify the Step Up for Students program, Discovery is not responsible for making up the difference in educational costs. Families are welcome to apply for need-based financial assistance directly through the School.
The Evans Scholarship is awarded to a Discovery School student or students as a way to show appreciation, and to honor those who serve our countries and our communities. The scholarship is intended for new incoming students, and shall apply to one academic school year. The scholarship shall apply only to the initial year of attendance.
In addition to being able to apply for financial aid directly through The Discovery School, as well as receive funds through the FES-UA scholarship, the SEVA Scholarship has been created to help families at The Discovery School with a child with learning differences.
At The Discovery School, we value and celebrate people from all cultures and backgrounds. The Wynne Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally underrepresented groups at The Discovery School. Students who identify as minorities and are interested in attending the Discovery School may
qualify for this scholarship.
Financial Aid FAQ's
- How is need determined?
- What criteria is used in determining financial aid?
- How much financial aid may I expect to receive?
- What if my financial situation changes?
- Must I repay this award?
- What if I am divorced or separated?
- Are decisions regarding admission and financial aid related?
- Only one parent works outside the home. Must both parents be employed to receive financial aid from Discovery?
- What happens if we withdraw over the summer?
Yes. Many families arrange loans through personal banks or through education programs such as Your Tuition Solution”. With a monthly payment plan from Your Tuition Solution, paying for your child’s education is easier than ever.
- Low Fixed rate - beginning at 3.9%
- Repay on your schedule: 24 to 84 months
- No supplemental or hidden costs.
- No prepayment penalty gives you maximum flexibility
- Plans available for a wide range of credit histories
Apply by mail, fax, phone or internet www.yourtuitionsolution.com for conditional approval in as little as 24 hours.
Contact Jill Nason at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (904)-247-4577 for more information. If you have questions about applying for the loan, call (800) 920-9777, and one of Your Tuition Solutions education financing advisors will be happy to assist you.