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Tuition Assistance

Heathwood Hall’s commitment to inclusion has been an essential element in the school’s educational philosophy and culture since its founding in 1951. Heathwood remains committed to a school community enriched with students from a variety of economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Participation from a wide range of families is critical to the health of the school. 

Among our families are those who can afford our full tuition, those who are able to afford only minimal tuition, and those across the spectrum in between. 

Heathwood offers a wide range of tuition assistance. The school encourages families to request information about tuition assistance if they have concerns about their ability to afford full tuition. While every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition and fees and to support the community to the extent they are able, the school does not always expect tuition levels will be the same. 

To help us objectively assess how much a family can contribute to their educational expenses, Heathwood Hall uses School and Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as a trusted third party. We use the SSS figures as the baseline for our tuition assistance determinations, taking into consideration the school’s policies, class size and the resources available for returning students as well as applicant families. 

For additional assistance, contact Jane Beach, Director of Enrollment Management, beachj@heathwood.org
 

Applying for Tuition Assistance:

The process for applying for tuition assistance is simple and straight forward.  Instructions are outlined below and further detail can be found by clicking here.

Admission Applicants and Current Heathwood Families:

  1. Go to sss.nais.org.
  2. Click on the green “Apply Now” button to begin your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). You only have to complete one PFS even if you have several children applying to our school. If you are applying for assistance for the first time, click on the green “Create an Account” button. You’ll be asked to enter your name and email address and to select a password. If you applied last year, enter your login and password from last year in the section called “Returning Families.” If you  have forgotten your login information, click on “forgot your password.”
  3. Download the PFS Online Workbook and refer to on-screen help for guidance along the way. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time - - then return later to complete your PFS.  Heathwood Hall’s school code is 3793.
  4. Submit your PFS online and upload a copy of your 2015 (or 2016 if available) tax returns to your electronic file.

For questions regarding the PFS form, call (800) 344-8328 (Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST, Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST)


Notification of Tuition Assistance Awards

The Tuition assistance Committee will begin making awards at the beginning of December.  Awards will be made in the order in which they were received.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is tuition assistance?

Heathwood Hall offers tuition assistance in the form of a tuition grant. The award is applied toward the tuition for the upcoming school year and does not need to be repaid.

Will I qualify for tuition assistance?

Any family may apply for tuition assistance. Ability to pay is determined by combined salaries, business cash flow, and assets, while factoring in the number of children in fee-paying schools and any unusual expenses.

Does tuition assistance cover other school expenses?

Financial assistance is applied only to tuition. However, for those families receiving over fifty percent tuition assistance, the Committee reserves the right to waive the technology fee, offer reduced rates in our after school care, and award assistance towards the lunch fee.

What is the policy regarding separated, divorced, or single parents?

Heathwood Hall considers the income and assets of any adult who plays a significant role in a student’s life. All adults (mothers, fathers, step-parents, etc) are required to submit all forms to SSS.

Do I have to reapply every year?

Yes. Because a family’s financial circumstances can change from year to year, the committee requires all current recipients to reapply each year. If a family’s circumstances do not change significantly, they can expect their award to remain about the same from year to year.

Will my application for tuition assistance effect my child's chances for admission?

No. Students are admitted based on individual merit, not the ability to pay.

Who are the members of the Tuition Assistance Committee?

The Director of Enrollment Management, the Admission Counselors, and the Chief Financial Officer are members of the Tuition assistance Committee.