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Need-Based Financial Aid

Need Based Financial Aid at CH-CH

Along with over 2,000 private schools nationwide, we partner with School and Student Services (SSS) by Community Brands in our financial aid process, and we maintain policies and timelines that we expect all applicants to adhere to. Both the 2019-2020 financial aid application (also called the Parent Financial Statement, or PFS) and information about SSS can be found by visiting

To begin your financial aid application, you will complete SSS’s Parent Financial Statement (PFS) via the SSS website There is a $55 non-refundable fee to process your PFS online. Please also note that our school ‘code’ for SSS is 2278.

The PFS is a comprehensive application that will take some time to complete. Give yourself the time you need by not waiting until the deadline to begin. You’ll need your most recent tax return before beginning the PFS. We recommend that you review the materials that SSS has put together to help families on their website at Even if you complete your admission and financial aid applications prior to the February 1 deadline, we will communicate decisions regarding both applications in March.

The SSS direct customer service phone number is 800-344-8328. They have a wonderful customer service team should you have any difficulty with the financial aid application.

Should you have any questions directly relating to your financial aid application, if you would like a better understanding of our school’s policies, or would like to personally speak with someone at CH-CH regarding financial aid, do not hesitate to contact Susie Whelan Horan, Associate Director of Admissions & Director of Financial Aid, at 781-314-0862 or at
In addition to completing the Parent Financial Statement via SSS by February 1st, families must also upload the following documents directly to their SSS profiles in order to have a completed financial aid application, and to be considered for aid:

For 2021-2022 Applicants:
  • 2019 tax returns and all schedules AND W2s (from all places of employment) by February 1st
  • 2020 W2 forms by February 1st
  • 2020 tax returns and all schedules (from all places of employment) by February 15th
  • Business and Farm Statement provided by SSS and all schedules and/or 1099 (if applicable - for families who are self-employed or own any parts of a business).
  • 1098-T for families with other children enrolled in college
For 2020-2021 Applicants:
  • 2018 and 2019 tax returns and all schedules
  • 2018 and 2019 W2s
IMPORTANT: School policy states that if parents/guardians are divorced, separated or remarried, each custodial and non-custodial parent or guardian must complete a separate Parent Financial Statement and submit the above, required documents to be considered for financial aid; 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.

The Financial Aid Committee reserves the right to request additional information from families if such is necessary.

Our School’s Financial Aid Philosophy

All families, whether they are admission applicants or returning students, can apply for financial aid and will be given equal and fair consideration. Further, CH-CH and SSS believe that a family has an obligation to fund a child’s education to the extent which the family is able, and we recognize that all families – whether or not they are receiving financial aid – sacrifice to enroll their students at CH-CH.
In making decisions regarding awarding financial aid, the Financial Aid Committee uses the information from the PFS as a starting point but also considers school policy, practices, and available budget. Each financial aid application is reviewed on an individual basis, and all applications are given equal and fair review. 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.

The financial information that families provide to School and Student Services via the Parent Financial Statement results in what SSS calls 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 for aid. This number acts as a starting point for our School to then make its financial aid decisions. Each school has different budgets, policies, and procedures, meaning that families should familiarize themselves with each one; further, families may receive varying awards from each school.

A family must qualify based on the School’s tuition to be considered for financial assistance, and families MUST reapply for financial aid each year by the said deadline in order to be considered. If a returning family previously receiving financial aid at CH-CH demonstrates a need each year and completes the application by the deadline, the School remains committed to supporting such students.
For 2021-2022 Applications:

By 2/1/2021
  • Parent Financial Statement(PFS)
  • 2019 tax returns and all schedules
  • 2019 W2 forms
  • 2020 W2 forms
By 2/15/2021
  • 2020 tax returns and all schedules
  • If self-employed, please submit:
    • All schedules
    • 1099 Form
    • Business Farm Statement (provided by SSS)

Financial Aid Waitlist

Due to some restrictions in funding each year, CH-CH is unable to make a financial aid award to every student who is accepted and demonstrates need. CH-CH has a financial aid waitlist that families can elect to remain on should an award initially not be granted to a family. Should resources become available at a later time, families on the waitlist may then be considered. Families may request formal reconsiderations for financial aid by contacting Susie Whelan Horan, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at

New and Returning Families

Returning families seeking financial aid must re-apply each school year in order to be considered, even if an award was made in the previous year. Returning families who are currently on financial aid will not be provided with a re-enrollment contract unless a completed financial aid application is submitted.

Parents/guardians of returning students are required to complete the financial aid application and submit all required documents by February 1. 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.
Located 10 miles from Boston, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is a coeducational college preparatory school that teaches the way students learn. The School welcomes students with diverse learning styles and helps them to develop self-confidence and achieve academic success through personalized, integrated learning. Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall offers 180 boarding and day students a richly diverse cultural and academic environment and opportunities to engage in the arts, athletics and community service.