Apply for Financial Assistance

Welcome to the financial assistance process.

We use FAST to pocess financial assistance applications. Based on the information you provide, FAST provides an estimate of the amount your family should contribute towards tuition.

The purpose of the Financial Assistance Program is to support qualified preschool students who would not be able to attend Little Dolphins by the Sea Preschool without tuition assistance. In order for a family to receive a financial assistance award, which is based solely on financial need, they must meet the financial assistance criteria established by Little Dolphins Preschool. For new students, the admission and financial assistance processes are administered independent of one another with no decisions regarding financial assistance being made until admission decisions are finalized. Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed. As an institution we do the best we can with the resources we have in order to extend financial assistance. Additionally, we recognize that there are school expenses beyond tuition, so the school provides additional assistance for expenses such as books, retreat fees, transportation, field trips, and the lunch program.

Awards are made based upon our Financial Assistance Guidelines, an analysis of each family's need within the limitation of budgeted funds, and in keeping with the NAIS Principals of Good Practice.

The Financial Assistance Committee implements policies and procedures and makes all financial assistance decisions. While the Committee reviews the recommended award calculation from FAST when determining the amount of financial assistance that may be offered to an applicant, the final decision is based on the Committee’s analysis of financial need. The Committee will not review and process any financial assistance award until FAST has completed its calculations and all application forms/documents have been received by FAST.

Application Process

    All families interested in applying for financial assistance must complete the Financial Assistance for School Tuition (FAST) online application. The application must be completed by February 15th, 2020.
  2. 2017 FEDERAL AND STATE INCOME TAX RETURNS (For New Families Only)
    In addition to completing the FAST online application, families new to assistance must also submit 2017 Federal and State Income Tax Returns, 2017 W-2’s, 2017 1099’s, Schedule A and all other applicable schedules to FAST by February 15, 2019.
  3. 2018 W-2's AND 2018 1099's
    All families applying for assistance must submit 2018 W-2’s and 2018 1099’s on or before February 15, 2019.
    All families must submit 2018 Federal and State Income Tax Returns, Schedule A, and all other applicable schedules to FAST by February 15, 2019.

Families applying for financial aid will need to complete an application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by February 15, 2019. Please note that all information requested must be completed in total by the due date. Any incomplete files as of February 15, 2019 will be placed on the financial assistance wait-list.

Applicants can apply online at After completing the online application, please send the necessary forms (listed below) to FACTS:

Copies of your most recent Federal Tax forms including all supporting tax schedules.

Copies of your most recent W-2 form for both you and your spouse.

Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.

All supporting documentation should be uploaded in pdf format online. Documentation can also be faxed to 866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include your applicant ID (you will receive your ID when you apply), as well as, "Little Dolphins by the Sea Pre-School" on all faxed or mailed correspondence to ensure efficient processing of your documents.

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
P.O. Box 82524
Lincoln, NE 68501-2524

If you have questions or concerns about the application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 866-441-4637, or Little Dolphins by the Sea at 310-998-0011.

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