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Become an ASSIST School

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ASSIST has been the premier resource for exceptional international students for over 5 decades.

What it Means To Be An ASSIST Member School

Member schools offer at least one full scholarship and reserve a place for an international student chosen by ASSIST.

  • This scholarship must include tuition, room, and board for a boarding student or tuition and a volunteer host family for a day student. ASSIST offers support and guidance when selecting volunteer host families for day students.
  • Each student's personal expenses are the responsibility of the student's parents, guardian, or donors who choose to underwrite a Scholar's personal expenses.
  • Note: Scholarships are offered to students for one year only, after which the Scholar returns home to complete his or her secondary education. 

ASSIST also offers an optional program, The ASSIST Finalist Referral Program, where our schools can opt to be connected with our applicants who were not awarded a scholarship for direct placement opportunities.

Become a Member School

To apply to become an ASSIST member school, please contact:


Cathy Presnick
Assistant Director of School and Family Relations


ASSIST will be in contact to discuss your school's programs, arrange a campus visit with ASSIST representatives, and answer your questions. Once your questions have been answered, schools that wish to pursue membership will be presented to the School Membership Committee of ASSIST's Board of Directors for approval.

Requirements for becoming an ASSIST Member School


NAIS Membership

Member schools must be full members of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Designate an ASSIST Representative

Member schools appoint an administrator or faculty member to serve as the official ASSIST Representative.

ASSIST Membership Fee

Member schools pay an annual membership fee, which provides access to all ASSIST programs and to ongoing support throughout the school year. For the 2024/25 academic year, the fee is $825.

Budgeting for an ASSIST Scholarship

ASSIST member schools finance an ASSIST scholarship in a variety of ways:


  • The ASSIST scholarship can be added as a separate line item in the budget, as both revenue and expense. This emphasizes that the cost of the scholarship is revenue-neutral, unless they are taking the place of a full-pay student.
  • The scholarship can be included in the school's overall financial aid budget.
  • With an increasing emphasis on net tuition revenue, ASSIST member schools are increasingly requesting ASSIST's partial scholarship students and envisioning the delegation as a group that contributes genuine revenue to the budget.
  • Member schools can identify a donor willing to fund the scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions

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