Tuition and Financial Aid

Our Financial Aid Philosophy

Our Financial Aid Philosophy

Brentwood Academy is committed to accepting students for admission from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Our Board of Trustees has a need-based financial aid policy that dictates a percentage of tuition budget to be used exclusively for financial aid. At Brentwood Academy, we believe that an independent school education is first and foremost a commitment and responsibility of the parents. Need-based aid is defined as the difference between what it costs to attend Brentwood Academy and a family's ability to pay. While we attempt to meet a percentage of need, no child receives a full tuition.

For the 2014-2015 school year, we awarded almost $2 million dollars in need-based aid, and 25% of our students receive financial aid. Our average award is currently $9,355. While we are generously funded for financial aid, we do not have the ability to award need-based financial aid to every family who qualifies. The Financial Aid Committee strives to maintain a diverse community of students and looks for evidence of a family’s strong commitment to a Brentwood Academy education.

Need-based financial aid is awarded annually, and renewal is not automatic or guaranteed as funds may vary and the family’s finances may change. Therefore, families are required to submit applications annually. Many factors determine whether or not a family will qualify for need-based aid. Factors such as household income and expenses, assets and debt, and the number of children in a school that requires tuition are all considerations in determining financial aid awards.

Tuition

Tuition

Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year for grades 6-12 is $21,150 and includes:

  • Technology expenses
  • Use of in-classroom computers/iPads
  • Spiritual life retreats
  • Science lab expenses
  • Achievement testing
  • Required day trips and field trips
  • Student admission to all on-campus activities, plays*, concerts, and athletic events

* $3.00 convenience fee charged for processing on-line tickets

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Steps to Applying for Financial Aid

We partner with School and Student Services (SSS) in the financial aid process. To begin your financial aid application, you wil complete SSS's Parents' Financial Statement (PFS).

  • Beginning November 3, 2014, go to sssbynais.org/parents.
  • Create your online account or if you are a returning family, log in with your account information that you previously set up.
  • Begin a PFS for academic year 2015-16. You can log out of the PFS at anytime and return later to complete it.
  • Once your PFS is submitted, you will pay a fee of $42.
  • After you pay for and sumbit your PFS, you will have access to a section named "Manage Documents." You can upload the additional documents there.

Once you have completed the PFS and submitted the required documents, SSS will submit a dollar figure to Brentwood Academy recommending an amount the parents are able to contribute to their child’s education. 

The Brentwood Academy Financial Aid Committee makes its recommendation based upon this figure.  The Financial Aid Committee will determine the amount given to each qualified applicant.  Each applicant will be notified in writing of the decision regarding his/her specific request.  Any student who receives financial aid must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and contribute wholeheartedly to the mission of Brentwood Academy.  All financial aid awards are re-evaluated annually.

Tuition Payment Plans and Policies

Tuition Payment Plans

A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $750 is due annually with the signed enrollment contract. The enrollment contract is binding on May 1 of each year. For students on need-based financial aid, the amount of the deposit may be spread over the tuition plan, if requested. For returning students, the deposit and contract are due February 1. For newly admitted students, the contract and deposit are due March 10, 2015.

Brentwood Academy offers three payment plan options:

  1. single payment of tuition
  2. biannual payments
  3. ten monthly payments

All tuition payments should be paid to the business office when due. Additional policies include the following:

  • Consideration for financial aid will only be given for those with accounts that are current.
  • Brentwood Academy will withhold student grade reports, transcripts, diplomas, and/or recommendations if tuition is not current.
  • Brentwood Academy reserves the right not to allow a student to register, attend class, and/or take exams if the account is in arrears.

Financial Aid Checklist

Financial Aid Checklist

____Complete PFS (Parent Financial Statement) on-line at the SSS website prior to February 1. (sssbynais.org/parents.)

____Upload or mail required supporting documents to SSS along with a required documents cover sheet

  • current year 1040 tax forms and schedules (if required)
  • w-2’s
  • farm or business tax forms (if applicable)
  • copy of 4506-T (downloaded from IRS.gov website)

____Complete student contract and student parent agreement and return them to the Brentwood Academy admission office (the contract is NOT binding until you have been notified in writing and signed the financial aid award).

____Once the financial aid award has been mailed to you, please have student and parent sign the award and return it to the admission/financial aid office.

Financial Aid Deadlines

February 1
• PFS submitted to SSS (sssbynais.org/parents)
• Tax forms and schedules submitted to SSS
• W2’s and/or 1099’s submitted to SSS
• Signed IRS Form 4506T submitted to SSS

March-April

Financial Aid letters are sent to families who have been approved for financial aid AND who have previously returned their enrollment contract and student parent agreement to the admission office.

May 1
Deadline to accept award



Sue Gering
Director of Financial Aid
E-mail

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