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Affording Berwick

Applying for Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid for 2020-2021 Academic Year

Berwick Academy partners with School and Student Services (SSS) by Community Brands in our financial aid process. To begin your financial aid application, you will complete SSS’s Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).
The PFS is a comprehensive application that will take some time to complete. You’ll need your most recent tax return (tax year 2018, filed 2019) before beginning the PFS. We also recommend that you review the wide range of materials that SSS has put together to help families with the financial aid process. They can be found here.
 
We will communicate our financial aid decision to you. To make our decision, we use the information from the PFS as a starting point, but also consider our school policy, practices, and available budget.

List of 9 items.

  • When to Apply for Financial Aid

    For New Students: 
    • Families anticipating  financial need should apply at the time of admission.  
    • Application deadline is January 15, 2020.
    For Returning Students:
    • Financial Aid application deadline is December 15, 2019.
  • What You Will Need To Complete Your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS)

    • Initially, most recent IRS Form 1040 (tax year 2018, filed 2019)
    • IRS Form 1040 (Tax year 2019, filed in April 2020) by April 30, 2020
    • Most recent W-2’s
    • If applicable (Self-Employed):
      • All pertinent schedules C, D, E, F
      • Forms 1099 MISC, 1065, 1120, K-1
  • Need-Based Financial Aid

    All Financial Aid grants are based on a families demonstrated financial need, as determined by the financial aid committee.  Berwick uses the SSS’s estmiated family contribution (EFC) as a starting point in determining financial aid grants.
  • Separated, Divorced, or Never-Married Parents

    In the event that a student’s parents are separated, divorced, or never married, Berwick requires that each parent complete a PFS and submit required tax documentation.  Please note: Parents can be assured that all financial information received from one parent will not be shared with the other.
     
  • Other Children

    Berwick’s Financial Aid Committee considers the number of other children in tuition-charging schools, including college. Berwick expects that a family with children attending other tuition-charging schools will also apply for financial assistance at those schools.
  • Parents who have no contact with their children

    In instances where one parent is the sole provider and receives no other financial support, it is expected that a third party provide written documentation to that fact.
  • Lifestyle Choices

    The Financial Aid Committee is unable to provide financial assistance in order to subsidize lifestyle choices.
  • Parents who do not work

    Berwick Academy respects the value of having a parent at home full-time with infants, toddlers, and the elderly or infirmed. In a case where all other children are in school, it is expected that the non-working parent become employed to be considered for financial assistance. If not, the Financial Aid Committee will impute an appropriate salary in its considerations.
  • Retirement and College Accounts

    Our process acknowledges a family’s need to save for these needs within reason, but excessive assets may impact the Financial Aid Committee’s decision to award assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.