Financial Aid Information

Need-Based Financial Aid

Thanks to the generosity of our community and donors, SVSEF is able to provide $340,000 in need-based financial aid to qualified athletes.

Any family needing assistance is encouraged to apply.

SVSEF believes that any child with the desire to participate in one of our programs should be able to. We encourage families to apply for need-based financial aid, which is applied towards an athlete’s tuition. We strive to educate families about SVSEF scholarship opportunities as well as other avenues of financial support. If you have any questions about your child’s participation on a team, please call the office at (208) 726-4129 or email us at

NOTE: While need-based financial aid is applied to an athlete’s tuition, SVSEF also sets aside additional funds for need-based merit aid throughout the season. Merit aid is awarded on a case-by-case basis; please speak with your athlete’s coach for more information.

The LASAR and Striders programs do not qualify for the multiple team discount offering and are not eligible for need-based financial aid, except on an individual case-by-case basis. These programs have a separate financial aid process, called the First Turn Initiative. Find the application in both English and Spanish:

First Turn Initiative Application

Solicite ayuda financiera de LASAR y Rota-Rippers – en español

If you have questions, please call SVSEF at (208) 726-4129.

SVSEF subscribes to School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) by NAIS. SSS evaluates the financial information provided by parents based on a nationally accepted formula used by independent schools.

    • SVSEF receives a Report of Family Contribution (RFC) from SSS that identifies adjusted income and net worth.
    • A special financial aid committee, comprised of board members and executive staff, at SVSEF reviews reports, looks at the cost of keeping an athlete on team – tuition plus average cost to travel – and takes a very serious approach to evaluating financial need prior to making any final determination or award.
    • Note: Thank you notes from children will be used anonymously in upcoming annual reports, public relations collateral, and on our website unless otherwise requested by a parent or legal guardian.

The deadline for application for returning families and athletes was Monday, August 14, 2017.

    1. Accounts with SVSEF must be current and in good standing.
    2. If you have submitted financial information to SSS for the school year, you do not have to resubmit but you will need to link SVSEF through SCHOOL CODE 9063.
    3. Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online
    4. Submit each parent’s 2016 income tax return information through SSS.

NOTE: For separated or divorced parents, each parent (custodial and non-custodial) must submit all required forms on behalf of his or her household.

SSS has a toll free customer service helpline available from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday to answer questions related to the Parents’ Financial Statement and application process. If you have questions about the application process, please call 800-344-8328.

National Funding Opportunities


The T2 Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports alpine, cross-country and freestyle skiers.  Our annual grant program helps offset the costs associated with training and competing at an elite level.  The T2 community gives back to the youth and ski community by connecting athletes with youth around the country through organized events and programs.

Last season, T2 supported 35 athletes through our junior team program. Those athletes saw success on many levels. We also gave support to the entire team of athletes that was selected to go to World Juniors in Are, Sweden.

This year, we will be accepting grants from athletes from birth years 97-03. The T2 Junior Team Grants are designed to help the country’s best young talent continue within the development pipeline. The grants will be awarded based on need, merit, school standing and contributions to community.

The goal of the Junior Team program is to support America’s best young skiers in the quest to become the world’s best athletes.

Deadline: June 2, 2017

Amount: Grants will be designated for travel and training purposes and, whenever possible, applied directly to those needs through affiliated programs. Our grants range from $1,500 to $10,000 depending on need and age.

How to Apply:

Application Components

  1. Athletic resume
  2. An explanation of your funding needs for the season
  3. Two letters of recommendation (one coach and one personal)
  4. Submission of your family’s financial information to the NAIS SSS system using this link- -school code 191966


Selection Criteria

  1. Athletic standing
  2. Financial need
  3. School status, extra-curricular activities and community service

For more information, check out the website, and don’t hesitate to contact Libby Ratico, junior team grant coordinator, with any questions at

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