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Tuition Assistance

Lainer School believes an outstanding General and Judaic education should be available to all families. Our tuition assistance program reflects this commitment to the Jewish community.

Our goal is to welcome and support a diverse group of qualified students, including those who would not otherwise be able to attend Lainer School. While maintaining academic excellence, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer a competitive tuition. Awards are made by the school’s Tuition Assistance Committee to students who qualify for assistance on the basis of financial need. Information about those who apply for and/or receive tuition assistance is kept strictly confidential. Families are required to reapply for financial assistance each year and awards are based on a reevaluation of the family's financial situation and demonstrated continued need.

List of 2 items.

  • $2.6M

    Tuition Assistance Budget
  • 36%

    Percentage of students receiving tuition assistance

How to Apply for Tuition Assistance

List of 4 items.

  • Step 1: Complete Online FAST Application

    Complete the online FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) application.

    Click on the link above or the FAST icon below to start the application.

    The application process is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program allowing you to partially complete an application and go back to it at another time. Please call the FAST 24/7 helpline (877-326-FAST) with any questions.
  • Step 2: Complete the Required Forms

    Complete the following:
  • Step 3: Submit the Required Materials to FAST

    Submit the following materials to FAST using the Quick Processing wizard within the FAST application:
    • Mail or upload a copy of your FINAL Federal and State income tax returns and all supporting schedules along with your W-2’s and/or 1099 forms.
    • If not already on file: mail or upload a copy of your FINAL Federal and State income tax returns and all supporting schedules along with your W-2’s and/or 1099 forms.
    • If applicable, Mail or upload all Business tax returns, such as K1s for partnerships and 1120 for corporations owned 25% or more.
    • Mail or upload Form 4506. Complete numbers one through five and sign the form (no check needed).
    • Mail or upload a copy of your latest mortgage statement or rental agreement.
    • Mail or upload a copy of a recent credit report for each parent. A credit report is available free at Annual Credit Report.com Please keep in mind that in order for the credit report to be valid it must be within the last year.
  • Mailing Documents to FAST

    If mailing documents to FAST, always include the FAST cover sheet identifying your student's name. The bar-coded cover sheet can be printed from the Quick Processing wizard within your application. Mail all required forms to:

    Independent School Management
    Attn: FAST Processing
    1316 North Union Street
    Wilmington DE 19806-2594
We appreciate your interest in our school and hope that you will consider our community regardless of your financial situation. Please let us know how we can help you.

About FAST Scanner

If you have a home scanner, you are able to upload physical copies of documentation directly to FAST, as long as your scanner is compatible, by accessing the link once you have completed the Quick Processing Wizard. Once you access the scanning link, you will be required to download the scanning application in order to successfully connect to FAST to see if your scanner is compatible. If your scanner is compatible, this will enable you to send documents directly to FAST via scanning. You must have paper copies of your documents to scan in as our scanner software does not accept pdf.'s. If you receive any error messages, your scanner and or computer is not compatible with our software. If your scanner is not compatible, you will be required to mail the documentation to the address below. Please note that only Windows and Mac Operating System users have accessibility to scan documentation. Our system may not be compatible with Windows XP or Windows Vista as we require Windows 7 or later.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How does the Tuition Assistance process work?

    Tuition assistance awards are based on demonstrated financial need. Applications are available online in November. Submission of the applications and supporting documentation is required by January 29 for new and returning students. Applications are accepted after the due date, however, it is better to apply early. All tuition assistance information is held in the strictest confidence. Notifications of tuition assistance awards are issued in February with admission decision letters and with enrollment agreements if a determination has been made. Otherwise, a letter will be sent with the tuition assistance award amount. You will then have one week to accept and return the enrollment agreement. Our expectation is that each family receiving assistance will make a Lainer School education a priority.
  • Q. Should I apply for tuition assistance?

    First, consider the total cost of a Jewish day school education. In addition to tuition there are other fees including fees for lunches, overnight field trips (grades 4 through 8), Temple membership, and other costs that total approximately $3,500 per year. Calculate your ability to cover these costs. If you cannot cover expenses out of your income and judicious use of assets, consider your other options. If you are counting on gifts from relatives, it is important to discuss with them whether or not they can maintain that help over the course of your child’s career at our school. Loans can be difficult to obtain in the current economic climate and drawing heavily on equity is risky. If you need tuition assistance, now is the time to apply.
  • Q. How do I apply for tuition assistance if I am divorced?

    Our school expects that both parents will contribute to the cost of their children’s education to the best of their ability. Consequently, both parents need to submit all requested materials along with the tuition assistance application. Please be advised that non-custodial parents are required to submit detailed financial statements depending on circumstances.
  • Q. How is tuition assistance determined?

    The Tuition Assistance Committee evaluates each individual family’s circumstances in a fair, consistent and equitable way. Our school allocates tuition assistance taking into consideration the FAST determination as well as using the data and information that each family is required to provide. There is no set income or asset level that determines whether a family qualifies for tuition assistance. We consider all available income sources: parents‘ income, child‘s income, family partnerships, step parents, gifts, and any other beneficial interests from which income or principal is derived.
  • Q. When do I apply for Tuition Assistance?

    Complete the tuition assistance application by the due date or as early as possible in the year in which you are applying.
  • Q. Will my child receive Tuition Assistance in subsequent years?

    Families must reapply for Tuition Assistance each year. Tuition Assistance is based upon a family’s particular circumstance in each calendar year, but the school makes every effort to maintain appropriate and consistent awards for continuing students.
  • Q. What if the tuition assistance award doesn't meet our need?

    The tuition assistance committee carefully and extensively reviews each application. If you feel there is something that we may have not considered, you may schedule an appointmnet with the Financial Aid Manager to discuss if an appeal should be made. If it is deteremined an appeal should be made, an appeal letter for reevaluation of the application may be submitted if a family has additional information that the committee did not review or if there have been changes since the original application was submitted.

Additional Questions

Tuition Assistance Office | 10400 Wilshire Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90064
Elizabeth Hoffman | (310) 481-3276 |
Lainer School is a private Jewish day school in Los Angeles, serving students in Early Childhood through Grade 8. We also offer a variety of parenting classes and programs for children through our Parenting Center

10400 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles CA 90024
310 475 6401

A Sinai Temple School

formerly called Sinai Akiba Academy