Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Application portal is NOW OPEN. To apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year, please review the process below.

Pulaski Academy Financial Aid with Clarity  

The Pulaski Academy Financial Aid program is designed to make a PA education possible for families entering Pre-K3 through 12th grade based on demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds. PA is proud to use the Clarity Application to determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the application which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts.

To get started, please go to the Clarity Application and create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is also mobile-friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time. At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge. Simply use the dropdown menu in the application to select those schools.

Please remember to return to your dashboard after you complete and submit your Clarity Application, as PA requires you to upload additional tax and other forms including:

The deadline for completing the financial aid application including relevant supplemental documents is: 

  • Returning PA Families: Soft Deadline January 1st
  • New PA Families: Soft Deadline February 1st

After these dates, completed applications are considered first come, first serve. 

If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available through the “Help” button in the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at [email protected] or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish. The application itself is also fully translated into Spanish. 

Important Financial Aid Documents & Forms 

Financial Aid FAQs

We have chosen Clarity as our financial aid application provider in order to better serve both our current and prospective families. We are confident that this change is going to make the process of applying for financial aid easier for families.

Clarity offers a streamlined, mobile-friendly application that can be completed in as short a time as 20 minutes. Additionally, Clarity removes the need to upload your 2022 W2 and 1040 by transferring them directly from the IRS. This reduces the amount of information that you will need to enter manually and makes it possible to complete the application quickly and efficiently. 

Pulaski Academy takes the privacy and security of your personal information very seriously. Clarity is certified for both GDPR and SOC2 and uses enterprise-level security standards including end-to-end encryption of all personally identifiable information. For more information, please refer to Clarity’s Privacy Policy.

Just as in prior years, if your financial circumstances have not changed, you will not see significant changes to your award. If you have any questions about your individual circumstance, please reach out to us.

Yes, you will need to submit a Clarity application each year in order to qualify for financial aid; however, Clarity retains your information from previous applications, so it will be even easier to reapply.

Yes! Clarity’s application is fully mobile-friendly so you have access wherever you are.

You must submit your full completed application by: 

  • Returning PA Families: Soft Deadline January 1st
  • New PA Families: Soft Deadline February 1st

After these dates, completed applications are considered first come, first serve. 

The Office of Enrollment and Financial Aid will distribute award emails as early as possible, normally before May.  Applications received after May will receive award emails on a rolling basis –based on the time the student is officially accepted and enrolled in PA, all required information is submitted and reviewed by Clarity, and the Financial Aid Committee reviews the application.

No. The money comes from the School and is only applied towards tuition –not books, building fund, or any other costs associated with attending PA. Thus, your award will be credited to the amount you are billed for tuition. PA does not grant awards equal to 100% of tuition; therefore you will be required to pay some costs to attend.

This document is entitled School/Organization Financial Aid Application (SOFAA). This form must be completed and forwarded to Clarity immediately after you have completed your Clarity application. Financial Aid applications will not be processed until the SOFAA Form has been forwarded to Clarity. 

Family Support contact information (all available in English and Spanish; the application itself is also fully translated into Spanish using the drop-down in the lower left corner)

  • In-app support through the “Help” button in the lower left corner
  • Email support at [email protected] 
  • Phone support at 206-210-3752

Please call the Office of Enrollment and Financial Aid at 501.604.1923. All other questions should be directed to Clarity using the phone numbers, website, and email address listed above.

That depends. If you pay the full deposit of $750, but then determine after you receive a financial aid award that you cannot attend PA for financial reasons, you will be refunded $600, thus $150 is non-refundable. If you pay less than the full $750 deposit, the amount of deposit you paid will not be refunded.

You will not be considered for an award if you owe a balance for a prior year’s tuition. You must submit a payment plan to the Business Office, and adhere to this agreement, in order to be considered for an award.

No. You must be enrolled in order to be considered for financial aid. To be considered “enrolled,” you must have completed and returned the student enrollment contract and paid the deposit.

ABSOUTELY NOT!   According to Clarity, you do not show a need for financial aid. The reason is that Clarity indicates your family contribution (what your data says you can pay for education) is equal to or more than PA’s tuition.

However, you may appeal the Clarity results if you have circumstances that inhibit you from paying the full cost of attending PA. 



The Arkansas Activities Association, the governing body for sports in Arkansas, has a rule that states student-athletes in grades 7-12 can receive aid only up to the amount they qualify for according to Clarity. Therefore, a student can play sports and receive aid, but only to the extent that Clarity indicates the student has a financial need.

If, for instance, Clarity indicates a student qualifies for $100 in aid, the student cannot receive more than $100 in aid. If the student does not qualify for aid, then the student cannot receive any aid and play sports. However, the student can decide not to play sports and appeal the Clarity results in an effort to receive aid. 

No. In some cases when the amount of need is less than 50% of PA’s tuition, the award may be close to 100% of your stated financial need. If it is above 50% of tuition, the award may get close, however, will generally not be equal to 100% of your need.