List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How is our family's contribution calculated?

    In making financial aid decisions, the Financial Aid Committee uses SSS, a service provided by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to assist with creating an appropriate financial aid package for our families. The financial information that families provide to SSS via the Parent Financial Statement results in a ‘Report of Family Contribution,’ which is a numerical amount that SSS feels a family can afford for their student’s education – SSS puts the information provided into an equation, and that number is simply reported to each school to which a family is applying. Using this information as a starting point, the Financial Aid Committee evaluates each family’s situation individually while also considering school policy, practices, and available budget. At times the amount of an award may differ from that stated on the SSS report. Families should understand that, due to budget constraints and the amount of applicants’ needs each year, CH-CH cannot offer financial aid to all qualifying families, nor can the School always meet a family’s demonstrated need. While some families qualify for a substantial amount of aid, our policy is that a financial aid award will not exceed 90% of the total tuition. 
  • Q. What is your confidentiality policy?

    All information received by the Financial Aid Committee is kept confidential within the financial aid office. Members of the Financial Aid Committee are the only members of the community privy to this information and it is never discussed outside of this group of individuals. Financial aid documents are stored in compliance with state and federal guidelines.

  • Q. Do you offer financial aid to international families?

    In some cases, financial aid may be available to an international family. If you are an international student and believe your family may qualify, please contact the Financial Aid Committee to discuss what options may be available to you.
  • Q. What if I have trouble filling out the SSS online?

    If you are having technical difficulties with the SSS, please contact their support team directly at 800-344-8328. If you have questions regarding CH-CH policies, please do not hesitate to contact the financial aid office.
  • Q.
    If my student currently receives financial aid at CH-CH, do I need to reapply for financial aid each year?

    Yes. Each year, returning families will need to reapply by completing a PFS by December 16th as well as submitting the current year’s tax documents. If a returning family previously receiving financial aid at CH-CH completes the application by the deadline and demonstrates a need each year, the School remains committed to supporting such students. The Financial Aid Committee will reevaluate each family’s financial situation and make an award appropriate for that family. All returning families must be in good standing both academically and financially before they are granted an award for the next school year.
  • Q.
    I am a current CH-CH family, but I am applying for financial aid for the first time. What is the process?

    Parents/guardians of returning students are required to complete the financial aid application and submit all required documents by January 15. Though any returning family may apply for financial aid, primary consideration is given to those families whom initially entered CH-CH as financial aid recipients and new admissions applicants.
  • Q. What is your policy regarding parents who live in separate households?

    The Financial Aid Committee requires both parents/guardians to submit a Parent Financial Statement and tax documents.  If one parent is uninvolved in the child’s life and has been for some time, the family must provide us with a statement to this effect from a lawyer, school official, clergy member, or other third party who is aware of the situation in a professional capacity. Parents within the same household should complete only ONE PFS. A financial aid application is considered incomplete until all custodial and non-custodial parents/guardians have submitted the aforementioned information.
We recognize that families make significant investments and sacrifices in order to send their students to CH-CH. We thus offer financial aid resources for families who demonstrate a need as determined through the need-based financial aid application process. Each school year, the School awards over 2.7 million dollars in need-based financial aid to more than 28% of its students. Financial aid granted to a family is a gift from the School, and is not paid back to the School. Further, the financial aid application and awarding process is extremely confidential and individualized, and the financial aid office takes the utmost care to ensure that all families’ information is secure and that all families’ applications are given equal consideration.

In addition to need-based financial aid resources, CH-CH offers grants to prospective students through the Charger Scholarship program as well as Merit and Waltham Scholarships to students of all grades. Charger Scholarships and Merit Awards are offered to applicants who exhibit any of the following qualities: leadership aptitude, a commitment to learning, community involvement, academic promise, potential to contribute significantly to our athletics and arts program, and potential to contribute positively to our residential life community. Recipients who choose to enroll at CH-CH will continue to carry their scholarship through graduation from our School. 
For 2024-2025 Applications:

By 12/15/2023
By 1/15/2024
By 2/15/2024
  • 2023 W2, tax returns and all schedules
  • If self-employed, please submit: 2022 K1 and associated Business returns (1120s/1065)
Located 10 miles from Boston, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall (CH-CH) is a private, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 7-12/PG. CH-CH cultivates intellectual courage, creative ambition, and unwavering empathy that drives students to achieve their best.
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