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Affording Berwick

Applying for Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid for 2023-2024 Academic Year

The Berwick Academy Financial Aid program is designed to make a Berwick education possible for all families based on demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds. Berwick Academy is proud to partner with Clarity, an online financial analysis program for families applying for reduced tuition at an independent school, to determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the application which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts. This simple process allows us to equitably, confidentially, and individually assess what each family can contribute towards tuition. 

To get started, please go to the Clarity Application and create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is also mobile-friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time.
To begin a conversation about affordability at Berwick, please contact Haley Preston, Director of Financial Aid at hpreston@berwickacademy.org. If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available as well as email support at support@claritytuition.com  We look forward to partnering with you during this important process, and as you consider joining our community!
Important Deadlines:
  • Financial Aid for returning families is December 15, 2022
  • Financial Aid for new families  is January 15, 2023, with rolling applications accepted thereafter
  • Admission applications for all new families is January 15, 2023, with rolling applications accepted thereafter

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the income ranges of families who qualify for Financial Aid?

    Families with incomes ranging from $20,000 to $225,000+ are enrolled at Berwick with the support of financial aid. Other contributing factors included a family’s number of dependents and number of children in tuition charging schools. Each family situation is unique.
  • We think we earn too much income to qualify. What would you suggest?

    This is a big misconception! Families can be surprised to learn that they may qualify for some amount of financial aid. Our Director of Financial Aid works with each family to understand their unique financial circumstance.
  • What information is considered when applying for financial aid?

    The Financial Aid Committee makes a determination using our application platform’s methodology, which considers each family’s resources and individual circumstances.
  • What costs, after tuition, can I expect?

    These may include transportation, books, course supplies, laptops (for students in grades 7-12), after school care, private music or dance lessons, after school enrichment within our auxiliary program, and athletic equipment or gear. 

    Families who qualify for financial aid support at a certain level can access further supplemental financial aid to fully engage in the Berwick Academy program.
  • If I choose to enroll at Berwick what will my future tuition look like?

    Families are asked to reapply for Financial Aid each school year, and your tuition will be comparable barring any significant changes in your family's financial situation. Berwick’s tuition increases between 3%-5% yearly, and the School and Financial Aid Committee expect families to be responsible for those increases in alignment with their unique financial circumstances.
  • What if we have special circumstances we feel should be taken into consideration?

    The online Financial Aid application provides opportunities for parents and guardians to include notes and elaborate on special circumstances. Applying for financial aid is an individualized process. For both new and returning families, it is a partnership that we take seriously and we strive to maintain open lines of communication throughout a family’s Berwick journey.
  • Does Berwick Academy offer academic, artistic, or athletic scholarships?

    Financial Aid is not an academic, artistic, or athletic scholarship. Families who receive Financial Aid go through a qualifying process. Our Schleyer Scholarship, which includes an additional application beyond the admission application, is awarded to two new Grade 9 students each school year.
  • What options are there for payment of tuition?

    One Payment: 100% of net tuition to be paid by July 31. With this option, the tuition refund insurance premium will be paid by the school on your behalf.

    Two Payments: Two payments are required – 65% of the net tuition by July 31 and the remaining 35% by November 30.

    Ten-Payment Plan: Berwick partners with an external billing company to offer ten monthly payment installments.

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.