FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition)


The Steppingstone financial aid program enables the school to enroll qualified 6, 7 and 8th grade students only, whose families cannot pay full tuition fees. Our goal is to enroll a diverse and exciting student body whose interaction is crucial in achieving the Steppingstone mission. Financial aid is awarded in the form of a grant that does not require repayment.

Families who feel they may qualify are encouraged to apply for aid. Having more than one child attending Steppingstone or other tuition-charging schools is a significant factor in determining need. Financial aid decisions are made independently of other school functions and do not adversely affect a student’s chances for admission or continuation at Steppingstone.

Financial aid is awarded based on need. Needs assessments are performed by a third party through FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition). For more information click on the links below, call 877-326-FAST (3278), or go to All financial information provided is held in strictest confidence by all involved parties. 

Apply for FAST.
Parent User Guide (English)
Parent User Guide (Spanish) 

Tuition Loan Programs

The Tuition Loan Program web links listed below should serve as a resource to help you identify other types of financing options that may be available to you. This is not an exhaustive list of companies or agencies. We encourage you to contact these or other companies and agencies to check on current fees and rates and to assess whether their services would be reasonable financing alternatives for you. The list is neither an endorsement nor representation of sponsorship of these loan programs.

SLM Financial Education Loan Information

Your Tuition Solution


Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program for Seventh Graders

The Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars application for seventh graders is now available to download, fill out, and send. Academically talented seventh graders who have some financial need and who are leaders in the making should be the targets.

Young Scholars receive funding to participate in academic summer programs, extracurricular lessons, distance-learning courses, and other enrichment opportunities. Throughout their time in the program, Scholars work closely with an educational adviser who helps them plan an academic and talent development path to prepare them to enter top universities. Most Young Scholars receive a college scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Seventh graders who value academic excellence, determination, leadership, and public service are encouraged to apply. The application is long and should be started immediately. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need – typically, a family income below $60,000. In assessing financial need, the Foundation considers factors such as family income and assets, the number of siblings in college, exceptional family medical expenses, and geographic differences in the cost of living.

More information and an application can be found at The deadline for applications is April 27.

Steppingstone gratefully acknowledges the Michigan Alliance for Gifted Children (MAGC) for the above information.