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Financial Aid

The financial aid program is committed to helping families effectively meet the cost of a Shady Hill education. All grants take into consideration the total cost of enrolling at our school: you will not find add-ons for textbooks, lab fees, or field trips. In addition, the Financial Aid Committee recognizes the added expense of Extended Day and Afterschool programs and considers these as part of a student's total cost when all parents in a household are working outside the home.


How to Apply for Financial Aid

List of 3 items.

  • 1. Gather Tax Documentation

    You will need to submit the following paperwork to School and Student Services:
    • Copy of 2018 Federal Tax return and all applicable schedules
    • Copy of 2018 W2
    • Copy of 2019 Federal Tax return and all applicable schedules (when complete)
    • Copy of 2019 W2 (when available)
    • Signed IRS form 4506-T (without the fee)
    All Financial Aid paperwork must be submitted by February 1. Since the PFS takes some time to process, we suggest submitting it in mid-January. 

    *We realize that many families will not have completed 2019 taxes by the February 1 deadline. If that is the case, submit the 2018 paperwork and your 2019 W2s, and send in the 2019 taxes as soon as they are completed. If a Financial Aid award is granted in this case, it is done so contingent upon receipt of your 2019 tax return.
  • 2. Apply Online

    To apply for financial aid, please visit School and Student Services. There, you will be prompted to complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS). The PFS should be completed online, and supporting documents (referenced in Step 1) can be uploaded directly through their website.
  • 3. Complete our Afterschool Worksheet (Beginners - Grade 5)

    In addition to completing the PFS, all applicants for grades Beginners through Grade 5 must complete our AfterschoolWorksheet, regardless of whether you anticipate a need for Extended Day/Afterschool coverage. Families applying for the admission of multiple children should complete and return one Afterschool Worksheet per applicant.
For more information about financial aid,  we recommend reviewing the NAIS Family Guide to Financial Aid, published by NAIS. This guide provides a thorough examination of financial aid at independent schools. Questions about eligibility and the application process are addressed, as well as guiding principles.

Questions About Financial Aid? 
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Financial Aid Forms

 
  • Financial Aid Application Instructions
    All information, including necessary forms, are available at sssbynais.org/parents/.  The Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) is best completed online, and supporting documents can be uploaded directly through the site.
  • Form 4506-T
    Please print, sign, and scan the attached document; then upload to your account via SSS.  There is no need to submit a fee.
  • Afterschool Worksheet
    All applicants to Beginners through Grade 5: please print, complete and return the applicable page in this document whether or not you anticipate a need for Extended Day / Afterschool coverage. Families applying multiple children should complete and return a form for each applicant.
  • NAIS Family Guide to Financial Aid
    This booklet, published by NAIS, provides a thorough examination of financial aid at independent schools. Questions about eligibility and the application process are addressed, as well as guiding principles.
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