Financial Aid

Chandler strives to offer qualified applicants access to an independent school education. Financial aid supports Chandler’s mission of valuing racial, religious, cultural and economic differences and of serving the greater community, in recognition that as much is given to us, much is expected from us. We seek students from diverse backgrounds who will succeed in the highest quality and most academically challenging program. We expect that all students admitted to Chandler will participate with their family in the school community.

The primary responsibility for financing education rests with the family. Families are encouraged to apply for financial aid only after they have used as much of their own resources as possible. Financial aid will make up the difference between the cost of a Chandler education and the expected family contribution.

Chandler’s financial aid committee looks at financial aid applications only after a decision has been made to admit a student to the school. Chandler’s admissions committee is never aware of applicants applying for financial aid. However, applicants who have qualified for admission may not qualify for financial aid.

Aid is granted on the basis of family financial need. The Board of Trustees sets the financial aid budget annually. Financial aid is offered on an annual basis. Families must apply every year. Need is assessed following an analysis of confidential information the family submits to Chandler’s director of finance through FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) system.

It is Chandler’s policy that no student shall receive 100% financial aid. Each family is expected to make an appropriate contribution based on financial ability.

List of 3 items.

  • Step 1: Before February 8, 2021, please complete the online application

    The application will take approximately 45 minutes if your financial information is gathered before you start. The application may be completed in multiple sessions if necessary. There is a $45 fee to submit the completed online application.
  • Step 2: Before February 19, 2021, please MAIL the following documents

    • 2020 IRS 1040 with ALL accompanying schedules (see below)
    • 2020 W-2s and 1099s

    Families new to Financial Aid
    also must send their 2019 IRS 1040 with ALL accompanying schedules and 2019 W-2s and 1099s to:

    FAST Processing ISM
    1316 N. Union Street
    Wilmington, DE 19806-2594.
    Write "CHANDLER SCHOOL" on the outside of the envelope.

    Please refer to the items below for items to submit:
    • Business - Schedule C or C-EZ (1040)
    • Farm- Schedule F (1040)
    • Rental Property- Schedule E (1040)
    • LLC, S Corporation or Partnership- Schedule E (1040), Form 1120S, Schedule K-1
    • Trust- Schedule K-1

  • Step 3: Financial Aid decisions are mailed on March 5, 2021

    Financial Aid decisions will be mailed to new applicants applying to Chandler School under separate cover at the same time as admission decisions are mailed: March 5, 2021. Financial aid decisions for current Chandler families applying for financial aid will be mailed the week of March 15, 2021.

    Please be sure to submit all documentation in a timely manner. The Financial Aid Committee will not review an incomplete application. Please contact the Business Office with questions at
Families interested in applying for aid must apply online via the FAST website, available after October 2020. Only one application needs to be completed, even if you have several children applying to Chandler.

In instances where students have multiple households, each household will need to complete an application. All applications must be submitted by February 8, 2021, to be considered for financial aid for the 2021-2022 school year.

Chandler School understands that taxes are not due to the IRS until April 15, however, families are asked to plan ahead and prepare tax and financial information early (by February 19, 2021) to enable the timely process of your application.