Finance at SAS 806: Re-enrollment for 2019–20
Our annual re-enrollment exercise is underway, and we urge all SAS families to complete the re-enrollment or withdrawal process by March 1. If you have already done so, we thank you! For families new to SAS this year or anyone with questions about it, we take this opportunity to explain the reasons for our re-enrollment process and describe this year's procedures.
We know that SAS parents sometimes wonder why they must re-enroll their children each year. In fact, re-enrollment is vitally important in maintaining the school's operational efficiency and financial health. The SAS community benefits in many ways from a timely and efficient re-enrollment process:
- Families can reaffirm their commitment to the school and know that their seats are guaranteed for the upcoming school year.
- The admissions office can forecast returning-student numbers accurately and accept strong candidates (singly or as sibling groups) promptly.
- Accepted applicants can commit to SAS rather than to a "second-choice" school that offers a place more quickly.
- New families, including those moving from overseas, can complete their planning with less stress.
- Administrators can plan staff assignments and recruit excellent new teachers.
- The school can continue operating at full capacity, avoiding detrimental enrollment fluctuations and keeping tuition rate increases low.
- Program needs, facilities schedules, and classroom materials can be predicted and addressed.
Parents sometimes ask why SAS charges a fee for re-enrollment. Quite simply, a monetary commitment yields a more accurate estimate of returning students, which is the goal of re-enrollment. A fee helps eliminate false re-enrollments and motivates families to finalize their plans. On the school's side, accepting a student's re-enrollment fee commits us to maintaining a spot for that child in August and providing the expected educational program.
Singapore does not allow tuition deposits, so international schools here either require tuition fees up to six months in advance or a re-enrollment fee. We feel that our system meets our objectives and is fair to current and future families. The fee is included in our average total cost of attendance, which we benchmark against other schools' averages to ensure that we remain competitive. You can view these comparisons in our recent budget article.
Our re-enrollment process is completed online through the Veracross platform. An email sent to you on January 23 directed you to the MySAS Portal where, after logging in to Veracross, you will click the red "Online Re-enrollment" button and see three options:
Option A: Re-enroll
Finalize the 2019–20 re-enrollment process by completing steps 1 through 4 on your personal re-enrollment page. You may return to your re-enrollment page at any time before March 15 to change information or check your child's re-enrollment status. This is particularly useful if you want to see whether your employer has made the re-enrollment fee payment. You will not need to print out any documents as the process is completed entirely online. Until all four steps have been completed, your child's seat for 2019–20 is not reserved.
Option B: Inform us that you are undecided
If you are unsure of your plans for 2019–20, complete Option B to let us know your situation. This allows the school to understand individual families' circumstances during the busy re-enrollment period. Remember that this action does not hold a child's spot or postpone the deadline for a re-enrollment decision. See the table below to understand the process, fees, and terms of re-enrolling by March 1, March 14, or later.
Option C: Withdraw
If you know you will not be returning, withdraw your child through Option C. This allows the school to admit qualified applicants in a timely manner.
Please let us know your intentions as soon as possible via Option A, B, or C. Remember, only by re-enrolling (with payment) or by withdrawing do you complete the process.
Our re-enrollment process plays an important role in ensuring the school's financial stability and overall success. We hope you will decide to re-enroll your children at SAS, and we thank you for completing the necessary steps. Please send any re-enrollment questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments, questions, and suggestions for future articles are always welcome at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.