Financial Aid Program

University School of Milwaukee understands and appreciates the financial commitment that families take on in deciding to send their children to USM. The school is committed to maintaining a diverse student body and making our outstanding educational experience affordable to all families regardless of their resources.

In keeping with our mission and guiding principles, USM supports a financial aid program in order to provide assistance to families whose financial resources cannot fully cover the cost of an independent school education. In addition we offer scholarship opportunities for students in 7th through 11th grade.

Program Philosophy
USM provides financial aid to families with demonstrated need, or the difference between the cost of tuition and the financial contribution a family is able to afford. A family’s calculated contribution is determined by information presented on their financial aid application, tax returns, and other supporting documents. USM’s financial aid program cannot be used to solve a family’s financial difficulties. Exceptionally high living expenses, credit card debt, or other consumer debt may not be considered as allowable expenses when calculating a family’s demonstrated need.

For more information, please contact Sylvester Cutler, director of financial aid, at 414.540.3322 or
How Need is Determined
The financial aid committee allocates funds after careful consideration of a family’s financial need and to the extent that financial aid funds are available. To be considered for financial aid, families are required to file an application through FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition), an independent agency that provides a need-based financial analysis service. This ensures that our process for establishing financial need adheres to nationally established standards of best practice.

All financial information and grants are kept strictly confidential. Families are required to reapply each year for financial aid. Unless there is a significant change in the financial capability of the family, the committee strives to maintain a consistent level of support. USM expects recipients of aid, like all students, to work hard, be good citizens, and contribute to the life of the school.

How to Apply
USM utilizes the services of Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) as our financial aid management system. Applicants must complete the online FAST application in order to be considered for a financial aid grant. Click here to begin the FAST application process.

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