Tuition Assistance

Current Families: For information on reapplying for tuition assistance, log on to the Parent Portal and select "Office - Tuition Assistance." Your deadlines and required documents are slightly different from new families.
 
 

Through our generous Tuition Assistance program, we actively seek to make our school affordable and accessible to as many families as possible.  We allocate 25% of our gross income to our need-based Tuition Assistance program which serves nearly 50% of Berkwood Hedge School families.

 

We consider applications for tuition assistance independently of the admission process and awards are need-based. Families may apply for an assistance award for extended care as well as for tuition.  Tuition for the 2019 - 2020 school year will be $24,700.  We ask every family to contribute a minimum of 25% of tuition ($6,175) over the course of 10 months. Our tuition includes school supplies and stationary, most field trips, and free childcare for evening events.

 

Our Tuition Assistance Committee confidentially reviews applications for assistance. The committee strives to consider each applicant family's unique situation.  While families are required to re-apply for tuition assistance each year, provided there is no tremendous growth in income, families who are part of our tuition assistance program are assessed for their 6 year trajectory at Berkwood Hedge School.

 

Some of our families receive additional assistance from the following organizations.  Our awards are granted independently of these grants which could further lower the cost of a Berkwood Hedge School education for qualifying families:

 

The Basic Fund provides a maximum of $2,000 per year, per student.

www.basicfund.org, (415) 986-5650

 

The Guardsmen provides a maximum of $2,000 per year, per student.

www.guardsmen.org, (415) 856-0939

 

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 October 2, 2019. 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 19, 2020 after 12 pm.
 
To begin your tuition assistance application for the 2020-21 enrollment year, follow these steps:
 
Starting on October 2, 2019 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:
  • 2018 and 2019 if available federal tax returns (including all schedules) by Friday, January 24, 2020. (If filing separately, copies of both parents'/guardians' returns are required.)
  • The Berkwood Hedge Tuition Assistance Application Form (see attachment at the bottom of this page) by Friday, January 24, 2020 (on the SSS website this form is referred to as the Institutional Aid Application).  This form MUST be uploaded to SSS.
  • 2019 W-2's by Monday, February 10, 2020
 
Please Note- To complete your profile, you will need to provide a copy of your 2019 federal tax returns including all schedules by April 15, 2020.
 
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.  Please do not upload cell phone images.
 
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