Berkwood Hedge School

Tuition Assistance

Returning Families: For information on reapplying for tuition assistance, log on to "Inside Berkwood Hedge" and select "Office - Tuition Assistance." Your deadlines and required documents are slightly different from new families.

We are glad that your family is considering Berkwood Hedge School for the 2017-18 school year. We actively seek to make our school affordable and accessible to the community. All families of current and prospective students are eligible to apply for tuition assistance.
 
Applications for tuition assistance are considered independently of the admissions process and awards are need-based. Families may apply for an assistance award for extended care as well as for tuition. We ask every family to contribute a minimum of 25% of tuition.
 
Applications for assistance are confidentially reviewed by the Tuition Assistance Committee. The committee strives to consider each applicant family's unique situation. Accordingly, we require certain information in order to make equitable determinations.
 
We use School and Student Services (SSS) to process our tuition assistance applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Based on the financial information you provide, SSS gives us an estimated amount that your family can contribute to educational expenses. This helps our school make fair and equitable tuition assistance decisions. The interface and on-screen help are user-friendly with clear, step-by-step instructions. You will be able to begin your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) and complete it at a later date, and you'll be able to track the receipt of documents, so that you know the status of your application.
 
You may begin applying for tuition assistance on November 2, 2016. To be eligible for consideration, you must adhere to the deadlines listed below. We will send admissions decision letters and communicate decisions about tuition assistance awards on March 9, 2017 after 12 pm.
 
To begin your tuition assistance application for the 2016-17 enrollment year, follow these steps:
 
Starting on November 2, 2016 go to sss.nais.org and click on the prompt to begin your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS). Berkwood Hedge's school code is 2904. You need complete only one PFS even if you have more than one child applying to our school.
 
You will be given a username and password that will allow you to return to your PFS at a later date before submitting it. Your information will be secure.
 
Please also mail or upload the following backup documents to SSS with the PFS Cover Sheet (obtained on line at the time you submit and pay for the PFS)*: Mail any documents 10 days in advance of our deadline to allow for mail delivery and SSS's processing time:
  • 2015 federal tax returns (including all schedules) by Friday, January 13, 2017. (If filing separately, copies of both parents'/guardians' returns are required.)
  • The Berkwood Hedge Tuition Assistance Application Form by Friday, January 13, 2017 (on the SSS website this form is referred to as the Institutional Aid Application).
  • 2015 W-2's by Monday, February 6, 2017
To complete your file, you will need to provide a copy of your 2015 federal tax returns including all schedules by April 15, 2017.
 
Uploading documents to SSS:
 
As scanners and scanning software vary tremendously, some families who scan in documents may still find their files are too large. SSS encourages families to select a low or medium resolution scan and to scan in black and white. Scanning to an image file like .jpg or .gif (instead of to a .pdf) often produces a smaller file as well.
 
If you have any questions about the Berkwood Hedge Tuition Assistance Application, please contact Kemmeo Parr, Director of Admission at 510 883-6990 or kemmeo@berkwood.org
 
For all other questions, contact SSS at (800) 344-8328 (Monday-Friday: 9 am - 8 pm EST, Saturday 9 am - 4 pm EST).
 

Note: By applying for tuition assistance online, your information will be delivered to us accurately and quickly, allowing us to make a quicker decision about your eligibility for tuition assistance.  If you need to submit supporting documents by mail use the address below:

 

*By US Mail:
School and Student Services
Application Processing Center
PO Box 449
Randolph, MA 02368
 
By Overnight Service:
School and Student Services
15 Dan Road, Suite 102
Canton, MA  02021

 

OTHER SOURCES OF TUITION ASSISTANCE
 
The Basic Fund www.basicfund.org, 415 986-5650
 
The Guardsmen www.guardsmen.org, 415 856-0939
 
(You can apply now for assistance from these organizations even if you don't know yet which school your child will be attending or what your tuition amount will be. You can only receive assistance from one of these organizations.)