Berkshire School’s substantial financial aid budget helps to support roughly 30% of our student body. Financial aid awards are based on a family’s demonstrated need. Like most independent schools, Berkshire employs School and Student Services (SSS) to help us make fair, objective financial aid decisions. This third-party assessment provides an estimate of the amount that each family can contribute towards a Berkshire education. Subsequently, we look closely at each individual case, taking into account extenuating factors.
Applications and all supporting documents are due by January 15, 2015.
Please note that we only accept financial aid applications online. Please do not mail hard copies to Berkshire because we will only read the documents available electronically.
To begin a financial aid application for the 2015-2016 academic year, please follow these instructions:
Go to sss.nais.org
*Applications for the 15-16 academic year will be accepted beginning November 1, 2014.
Click on the prompt to begin your Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS). You only need to complete one PFS even if you have more than one child applying.
You will be given a username and password that will allow you to return to your PFS at a later time in case updates are necessary.
You will be given instructions about submitting supporting documents. Berkshire School requires the following documents:
a. A complete copy of your 2013 Federal Income Tax Return along with all supporting schedules.
b. A complete copy of your 2014 return as soon as it is complete.
c. A copy of all 2014 W2s..
d. Business tax returns (2013-2014) if you own your own business.
Additional documentation and information may be requested as we evaluate your file.
In the case of separated or divorced parents, Berkshire requires a completed PFS from both natural parents and any step-parents. In such instances, an application with only one PFS will be considered incomplete. Please feel free to contact the financial aid office directly to discuss your individual family situation.
Financial aid decisions will be mailed along with admission decisions on March 10, 2015.