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  • When To Apply For Financial Aid: Families who anticipate needing financial aid at any time during their child’s time at Berwick should apply for financial aid at the time of admission. It is not possible for Berwick to consider requests for financial aid after admission decisions. Students who apply for financial aid may be in a more competitive situation for admission.
 
  • Need Based Finanical Aid: Financial aid grants are based solely upon the family’s need as determined by the Financial Aid Committee; the Financial Aid Committee uses SSS’s estimated family contribution (EFC) as a starting point. When determining the family’s contribution, the Financial Aid Committee considers gross taxable and untaxable income, assets, liabilities, family size, and the number of students in tuition-charging schools.
 
  • Separated, Divorced, or Never-Married Parents: Berwick believes that each natural parent has a responsibility to pay for the education of their child(ren). In the event that a student’s parents are separated, divorced, or never married, Berwick requires that each parent complete a PFS. The Financial Aid Committee does not feel bound by the assertion, if it is made, that one parent disclaims responsibility for educational expenses. 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, in addition to SSS, does take into account 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; the Financial Aid Committee believes that in general, no consideration of financial assistance should be given to students when parents will be paying the full tuition for siblings at other institutions.
 
  • 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: Berwick Academy’s financial aid program does take certain lifestyle choices into account before offering tuition assistance (i.e. second homes, boats, luxury cars, country club memberships, vacations, parental higher education, etc.). The Financial Aid Committee is unable to provide financial assistance in order to subsidize lifestyle choices. The Financial Aid Committee may contact you for more detailed information to ensure a complete understanding of your family’s financial situation.
 
  • Parents who do not work: The Financial Aid Committee 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.

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Berwick Academy is Maine's oldest, independent Pre-K through Post Graduate private school. Our community is dynamic, offering challenging academics, competitive athletics, and creative arts programs. Members of the community operate within a context of caring and respect as we pursue our quest for "useful knowledge" as "one school with three divisions." Students and faculty are encouraged to expand their horizons by balancing academics with athletic, dramatic, and musical options.