Financial Aid

For Summer and Academic Year Programs

Tuition assistance from the GATE office may be available to those with financial need. GATE strives to support families who cannot afford the tuition required to attend GATE programs. Aid is granted based on family income using the Federal Eligibility Guidelines for Reduced Lunch. To determine your eligibility, view the Income Eligibility Chart and find the yearly income for your Household size. To qualify for GATE Financial Aid, your Adjusted Gross Income on your 2021 tax return must be below the yearly income listed on the Income Eligibility Chart. Extenuating circumstances may also be considered - when filling out the Financial Aid online application, please explain in the Statement of Need section in the online application. 

Please note that you are responsible for paying the program’s application fee and are subject to the GATE refund policy.

Parents are required to check with your student’s school prior to applying for financial aid. Most schools in the Greater Lansing area contribute to GATE program tuition. If your student’s school pays their tuition then you need not apply for financial aid. Simply indicate on their acceptance paperwork that the school should be invoiced. 

Your student's decision letter will outline your school's estimated contribution and payment options for any balance you may be responsible for if you are not awarded full aid. 

Financial aid may only be requested through the May application deadline. After that, funds will not be awarded. 

If your student leaves the program for any reason and your school has paid their tuition, you are responsible for repaying the district however they see fit. GATE does not refund school districts directly. 

How to Apply for Financial Aid:

  • Complete the online Financial Aid form in the GATEway application system (the former PDF form is no longer in use, and will not be accepted)
  • Upload a signed copy of pages one and two of your 2021 federal tax return (please block out all Social Security numbers)
    • If you are not required to file a tax return because of your income level, you will be asked to fill out a Statement of Income Sources in the online application.

Your decision letter will include the award amount (if any) in the tuition breakdown. 

Because financial aid funding is limited, families are restricted to receiving one award per student's lifetime. This Financial Aid policy is subject to change. Districts who have students applying for financial aid will be limited to five recipients per year. Students will be prioritized based on the financial aid application submission date.

For Academic Year Programs

Financial aid is limited to qualifying families with a documented financial need whose home school does not contribute tuition. If your student’s school has indicated that they pay full tuition then, regardless of need, your request for financial aid will be declined as your student’s school will be invoiced on your behalf. 

If your student’s school pays only a portion of their tuition or there are no financial aid funds remaining, the GATE office will communicate with you about a payment plan.  

For Summer Programs

Summer program aid is awarded similarly. However, because many schools are out of session during the summer months, families who would like to have their school pay will be required to pay tuition and be reimbursed in the fall (or whenever the school pays the summer invoice for their GATE students).