Tuition Assistance


The TCA student tuition aid (STA) program is a needs-based program designed to help families with various levels of need. Last year, TCA awarded over $1.7 million in student tuition aid. The STA program does not provide full scholarships, as it is healthy for each family to invest in their child’s education. However, the STA program does provide significant scholarships for families with a high level of need.  To be considered for Student Tuition Aid, a student must be accepted for admission or currently enrolled at TCA.  

If you would like to apply for STA for the 2024-25 school year, please reference the “How to Apply” document to the right. If you have any questions regarding the STA application, please contact Karla Self at 972-447-4846 or All financial aid applicants are required to submit an application and provide various tax documents. The STA Committee will have two meetings to consider applications with the following deadlines:

Meeting One – Mid-March 2024

  • STA application deadline:  January 28, 2024
  • Tax information deadline:  February 14, 2024

Meeting Two – Mid-April 2024

  • STA application deadline:  March 15, 2024
  • Tax information deadline:  March 22, 2024


In considering STA applications, the STA committee strives to obtain the financial “big picture” for each family. As a result, all assets, liabilities, income and discretionary spending is considered to determine the financial need for each applicant. Student Tuition Aid is awarded based upon financial need in accordance with TCA's policies/practices and the amount of available funds. However, poor academic performance or citizenship could be a sufficient reason for not granting tuition aid. STA applicants must provide extensive information on their financial position and spending, including but not limited to:

  • Prior year federal income tax return and related schedules, and Form W-2’s
  • Total income for prior year and projected income for current year
  • Bank account balances
  • Retirement/401K/IRA balances
  • Home market value and mortgage balance
  • Vehicles make and model and related debt/lease payments
  • Credit card and other debt amounts
  • Amounts spent on discretionary items (e.g. summer camps, sports/music lessons, vacations, country clubs, etc.)

If you have questions on the STA guidelines and/or wish to discuss your financial numbers prior to beginning your STA application, please contact Karla Self.  

TCA awarded over $1.7 million of need-based aid last year.

The average award is over $10,000.

Approximately 75% of Student Tuition Aid applicants receive some level of assistance.