Along with over 2,000 private schools nationwide, we partner with School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS in our financial aid process, and we maintain policies and timelines that we expect all applicants to adhere to. Both the 2017-2018 financial aid application (also called the Parent Financial Statement, or PFS) and information about SSS can be found by visiting http://sssbynais.org/parents.

To begin your financial aid application, you will complete SSS’s Parent Financial Statement (PFS) via the SSS website (http://sssbynais.org/parents). There is a $47 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 with the financial aid process at sss.nais.org/parents. SSS opens its online PFS for families to begin the application process on November 2nd, 2015. 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 & Financial Aid, at 781-314-0862 or at shoran@chch.org.

Required, Supplemental Documents Needed for a Completed FA Application

In addition to completing the Parent Financial Statement via SSS by January 15, 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:

  • 2015 tax returns and all schedules AND W2s (from all places of employment) by January 15th
  • 2016 tax returns and all schedules AND W2s (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
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.

The Process of Awarding Financial Aid

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.

Financial Aid Deadlines

DUE DATES FOR FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION MATERIALS
 
By 1/15/2017
  • Parent Financial Statement(PFS)
  • 2015 tax returns and all schedules
  • 2015 W2 form
By 2/15/2017
  • 2016 tax returns and all schedules
  • 2016 W2 form
  • If self-employed, please submit:
    • All schedules
    • 1099 Form
    • Business Farm Statement (provided by SSS)
  • If you have a child in college, please submit:
    • 1098-T
 

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.

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 781-314-0862 or at shoran@chch.org.
NEW ADMISSIONS APPLICANTS New admission applicants seeking financial aid are required to complete the financial aid application and submit all required documents by January 15, 2017. Families are encouraged to complete the admissions application and financial aid application concurrently; however, only students accepted for admission will then be considered for financial aid. If the February 1st deadline for admission and financial aid applications is met, families will be notified of admission and/or financial aid decisions on March 10, 2017.

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. Parents/guardians of returning students are required to complete the financial aid application and submit all required documents by January 15, 2017. 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. 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.

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