Scholarships & Tuition Assistance

 
Hopkins House is committed to ensuring that all children have access to its Preschool Academy, regardless of their family's income.  Hopkins House seeks a student body that represents varied economic and social backgrounds. To this important end, we have established the Children's Scholarship Fund.  
 
Through the generosity of our donors, Hopkins House offers need-based tuition assistance to low-resourced, working parents.  The offer of this assistance is guided by our belief that the parents of our Preschool Academy Young Scholars have an obligation to pay the educational expenses of their children to the extent of their financial capacity.
 
The purpose of this scholarship program is to help fill the gap between the actual cost of tuition at the Preschool Academy and what a family can realistically pay toward this cost.  
 
Grants from the Children's Scholarship Fund are authorized by the Scholarships & Recognitions Committee.  Committee members not only review applications seeking scholarships, but offer themselves as a resource to help parents to develop and manage their household budget.  Their goal is to work with parents to help them to become financially self-sufficient over time.
 
We recognize that a Hopkins House Preschool Academy education, while an excellent investment in your child’s future, represents an expense that is well beyond the reach of many parents. There is no preset income level that qualifies a family for a scholarship. We encourage parents to complete the scholarship application process if they feel that the Preschool Academy is more than they can afford.
 
 
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Preparing a Family/Household Budget

Prior to applying for a scholarship for your child, we encourage you to visit the following website for information and assistance with developing and managing the family budget:
 
 o MyMoney – SponBudgetsored by the Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission, this website offers information for youths, teachers & educators, and researchers.
 
 o Money Wise – Sponsored by Capital One in partnership with Consumer Action, this website offers multilingual financial education brochures and information.
 
 o Creating A Budget – Sponsored by Bank of America, this website offers useful information about creating a family budget and a downloadable spreadsheet.
 
o Better Money Habits - Sponsored by Bank of America, this website offers free tools and information to help you make more confident decisions about your personal and family finances.
 
 


Government Tuition Assistance for Child Care

Prior to applying for assistance from Hopkins House, scholarship applicants are required to apply for government aid.  Government aid is often more advantageous for families because the amount and length of assistance is greater.  The following is a list of links to government agencies that offer financial aid to families for child care:
 

 



Hopkins House Preschool Academy Scholarships

You can apply online for a scholarship for your child by following five easy steps:
 
  • STEP #1: Apply for government tuition assistance first (See list above) and obtain a Case Number.  This first step must be done BEFORE applying for a scholarship from Hopkins House;
  • STEP #2: Review the "Preparing a Family/Household Budget" section above;
  • STEP #3: Download Family/Household Budget form to your computer (Do not enter your personal information before you download this form to your computer!), fill in budget column, print, and upload with this online application;
  • STEP #4: Compile your paystubs, rent receipts, car note, utility and other bills, these will need to be uploaded as part of your online application; and,
  • STEP #5: Carefully read the "Scholarship Policies and Procedures", then click on the link at the bottom of this page, and complete and submit the application form.

NOTE THESE DEADLINES:
 
For a scholarship to begin in…
Complete applications are due at 5 pm on or before:
Scholarship payment start date, once granted:

September

August 1

September 1

October

September 3

October 1

November

October 1

November 1

December

November 1

December 1

January

December 3

January 1

February

January 3

February 1

March

February 1

March 1

April

March 1

April 1

May

April 1

May 1

June

May 1

June 1

July

June 1

July 1

August

July 1

August 1

 
  
SCHOLARSHIP POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
  1. The Hopkins House Scholarships & Recognitions Committee reviews all applications and determines scholarship recipients and amount of award.  Hopkins House staff may not vote or influence the Committee’s decision, but may provide information to the Committee as requested.
  2. Scholarships are granted in the name of the child enrolled at the Hopkins House Preschool Academy, although the application is submitted by the parent or legal guardian. 
  3. The child must be enrolled in a Hopkins House Preschool Academy for at least three, consecutive months prior to eligibility for scholarship consideration.
  4. The parent or legal guardian must provide evidence that s/he has actively sought other financial support, including applying for government assistance and child support, where applicable, and has been declined such support.
  5.  Tuition payments to the Hopkins House Preschool Academy must not be in arrears at the time of application or at any time while tuition assistance is provided.
  6.  Process:
    1. In order to be considered, an application must be complete, including a written statement of compelling need, proof of income, and additional required documentation, and submitted at least three weeks prior to a scheduled meeting of the Committee of the month in consideration. 
    2. Prior to the Committee meeting, a Committee member, serving in the capacity as a Hopkins House Scholarship Reviewer, shall contact the parent or legal guardian for an interview.  Following the interview, and based on his or her findings, the Committee member shall make a recommendation to the Committee.
    3. The Hopkins House President or his delegate shall notify the parent/legal guardian of the Committee’s decision.
    4. All decisions made by the Committee are final and may not be appealed.
  7. Scholarships may not be given for 100% of tuition.  The parent/legal guardian is required to pay a portion of the tuition.
  8.  Scholarship awards are granted in six (6) month periods.  Awards may be renewed up to (12) twelve months, pending approval by the Committee. 
  9.  A child may receive up to $6,500 in total tuition assistance over a twelve (12) month period.  Scholarships may be smaller, but not larger than this amount.
  10.  At the end of each scholarship period, the parent/legal guardian is required to update and submit his/her scholarship application, including financial status, before a scholarship may be considered for renewal.  Tuition payments may not be in arrears at time of renewal.  A submission of an application (new or renewal) is no guarantee of a scholarship receipt.  Each case is evaluated on an individual basis. 
  11.  The parent/legal guardian will be required to attend financial literacy seminars, when they are offered, and actively participate in his or her preschool academy program Parents Council.  Failure to participate in these seminars or play an active role in the Parents Council, may result in withdrawal of scholarship award.
  12.  At its discretion and by affirmative vote of two-thirds of its members, the Scholarships & Recognitions Committee may suspend Rule #3, #8, and #9 in individual cases, for reasons of emergency or extra-compelling need.

Scholarship awards are for the purpose of attending a Hopkins House Preschool Academy and have no cash value outside of that context.  No monies are paid directly to the parent or legal guardian. Families pay their family weekly contribution directly to their preschool academy

The policies herein do not constitute an implied or expressed contract between Hopkins House and an applicant.  As such, Hopkins House reserves the right to discontinue its scholarship program at any time, for any reason.  In the event that discontinuation of the tuition assistance program is necessary, Hopkins House will notify all scholarship recipients.  Hopkins House bears no responsibility for applicants who are unable to be reached due to phone, email, or fax errors.  Thus, all applicants must maintain valid and current contact information with Hopkins House.

 

  Weekly Tuition, Scholarship, and Parent-Pay Amount

 


Helen Day Preschool Academy
(Alexandria Campus)

Age Group

Weekly
Tuition

Scholarship Amount

Parent Pay
Amount

Infant

$370

$145

$225

Toddler

$350

$135

$215

Preschool

$340

$130

$210

Junior K-Prep

$330

$125

$205

K-Prep

$320

$120

$200

 


James  L. & Juliette McNeil Preschool Academy
(Fairfax County Campus)

Age Group

Weekly
Tuition

Scholarship Amount

Parent Pay
Amount

Infant

$355

$130

$225

Toddler

$335

$130

$205

Preschool

$325

$125

$200

Junior K-Prep

$315

$120

$195

K-Prep

$305

$115

$190


Innovative Preschool Academy
(Herndon Campus)

Age Group

Weekly
Tuition

Scholarship Amount

Parent Pay
Amount

Infant

$365

$140

$225

Toddler

$355

$135

$220

Preschool

$345

$130

$215

Junior K-Prep

$335

$130

$205

K-Prep

$325

$125

$200

 

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