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Scholarships 2017


By Financial Aid or Financial Aid Scholarships we mean fee reductions based on family income. We offer aid to the extent that our resources and grants allow. It is our hope in 2017 to do what we have been able to do for the last few years: for each admitted student who qualifies for aid, offer enough aid so that the student should be able to attend. However, as always we will know better what is possible as the admission season progresses and we see better how much funding is available.

The basic 2017 policy for American students attending MathPath for the first time is as follows. (International students and returning MathPath students please see Exceptions below.)

  • You may apply for aid if your adjusted taxable income (as defined below) is less than $121,250. This is very likely if your total family income is less than $150,000.

If you are offered aid, then the aided tuition formula is

4% of 2016 adjusted taxable income,
with a min of $0 and a max of $4850.

You may receive merit scholarships (not need based) or financial aid (need-based reductions), but not both. You will receive whichever lowers your tuition the most.

Whatever is your final tuition amount, it may be further reduced by 0.5% per month by paying early, as explained on the early payment page.

Definition of terms.

Total family income is income before any deductions, as defined by the US Internal Revenue Service. It corresponds to line 22 of the draft 2016 US tax form 1040 (and was line 22 on the final 2015 1040 as well). All families requesting aid will be asked to submit 2016 tax forms for all adults who support the applicant.

Taxable income is total income less various deductions. It is line 43 of the draft 2016 form 1040. These deductions are at least equal to the sum of the standard deduction and a personal exemption for each parent and each dependent in the family, but it can be much more.

Adjusted taxable income is our own term, and may be higher than taxable income if the tax forms allow you many deductions. For the purpose of our financial aid, we will allow you to take at most $10,000 more than the sum of the 2016 standard deduction and your 2016 personal exemptions. That is, adjusted taxable income is the larger of a) line 43 of the 2016 form and b) (total income) – (standard deduction + personal exemptions) – $10,000.


  • Students who have already attended MathPath twice are not eligible for any financial aid.
  • Students who have attended MathPath once are eligible for aid, but will be funded less generously than described above, typically paying $300 more or 25% more, whichever is greater. It is possible that if a student is readmitted early for a 2nd year and requests financial aid, an aid decision will be deferred until we know more about the amount of aid requested by new admits.
  • If your 2016 income is either substantially higher or lower than your income in 2015 or your expected 2017 income, we may consider those other years in deciding your financial aid.
  • If the nature of your income is unusual (e.g., little wage income or little apparent income at all) we may ask for much more detail about your situation and we may compute your financial aid in some other way.
  • On the other hand, in some cases we may have special named financial aid scholarships from grants. In these cases, we may be able to give full financial aid even if it is more than what our formula above determines.

Other countries. We need to know the worldwide income of all family members who support the applicant. If income comes from countries with tax systems roughly similar to the US system and with a realistic exchange rate (e.g., Canada), we will ask for 2016 tax forms you submit to those countries, convert your income to US dollars, and then compute your adjusted taxable income as if your were reporting all your income in the US. In other cases, we will ask for as much financial information as you can give us and compute your financial aid in some appropriate way.

Note 1: Financial aid for returning students from overseas (not Americans or Canadians) is severely limited. There may be no aid, or it may be capped at $1000.

Note 2: Admittees arriving from other counties will be responsible for all travel expenses and visa expenses.

Example. Your son or daughter, who has been admitted to MathPath for the first time, receives a $250 merit scholarship for an AMC8 perfect paper in Fall 2016. You request financial aid and we tell you that you qualify for aid consideration and we still have enough funds to give aid according to the formula on this webpage. Your family has 2016 total income of $135,000, all in the US, and your family consists of 2 parents (filing jointly), 2 children, and no other dependents. Your 2016 taxable income is $95,000 (because you had total deductions of $40,000). The 2016 standard deduction for a couple filing jointly is $12,600 and your 2016 personal exemption is 4 x 4050 = $16,200. Therefore, your standard deductions would be $28,800. Adding $10,000 to that, your minimum adjusted taxable income is $135,00- $38,800 = $96,200. In this case that is more than your actual taxable income. So compute

.04 x 96,200 = $3848.

Since this amount is between 0 and 4850, it is your aided tuition. Your tuition without aid would be $4600, because of the AMC8 scholarship. Since the aided tuition is lower than your merit scholarship tuition, you pay the aided tuition.

If you pay four months early (by January 31; the final payment date is May 31), then you get a further 4x0.5 = 2% reduction and pay

3848 x (1-.02) = $3771.04

Reminder: Financial aid is not automatic; it depends on what funds MathPath has available and timely submission of financial data.

How to apply for financial aid.

You apply for aid by a simple checkoff on the online camp application. For planning, we need to know at that point if you believe you are a candidate for financial aid. We will inform you whether aid is offered when we email you our admissions decision. The exact amount of aid is determined after you submit your tax forms for 2016, which you should do as soon after admission to MathPath as they are available.

If this tax information will not be available until some time after your admission, we will decide with you at the time of admission how to proceed. The default is to pay the $1000 minimum deposit to reserve a seat, and to compute your exact fee once your tax forms are available – resulting in a further payment or a refund. However, especially for alumni where we already have previous year tax information, if we can estimate key tax form amounts we will set an estimated fee, deliberately a bit on the high side. If you can pay that in full, you can take the early-payment reduction available at that time. Once again, we will settle with you exactly later. In recent years many families have taken this second option.

Of course, if there are any questions, email Prof Maurer.


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