How intrusive? we may have to go through the process, any information would be great?
Well basically you have to reveal your entire income, any capital in excess of a certain amount (can't remember precisely how much and it was several years ago anyway), how many dependants and their ages and schools, and if you have remarried or living with somone their income also has to be included even if they're not the parent of the child concerned. Looking at the form it just seemed easier to do extra hours work to earn enough to pay the fees rather than fill it in! Also, if your income goes up while child is still at the school you are re-assessed every year so you have to pay more in proportion to your income. I know people who have chosen to go on working very part-time and not furthering their careers rather than jeopardise their assisted place, which I think is crazy. Also I know some schools (not in Birmingham where I am, at least I don't think so) where they send a senior teacher round to view your address and see if there are any Mercs parked on the drive.