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.