Financial Aid

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 4, 2019

Tuition assistance is available to low income families. For Kindergarten applicants, aid is generally offered only for the ½-day morning program (M-F, 9am-12pm).

In order to insure a fair distribution of our limited financial aid fund, the school employs the School & Student Services (SSS) by NAIS, which performs a thorough analysis of each applicant’s financial situation. The Financial Aid Committee makes their decisions based on a combination of the recommendations from SSS, the family’s unique circumstances and the availability of school funds. Blue Rock School does not offer full scholarships or tuition awards.  We require every family to contribute something toward the tuition.   Please note that families who have considerable assets and retirement accounts will not qualify for aid, as funds are reserved for those who have no resources to draw from. 

Families completing the application process after the deadline will miss the first round of awards, and will be considered on a rolling basis, if funds are still available.

 

Before requesting assistance, we ask every family to consider all possible outside resources:

 
  • Higher income options or second jobs

  • Re-prioritizing your family’s lifestyle

  • Shifting of funds being put aside for savings, college or retirement

  • Loans and gifts from relatives

  • Bank loans

The school is only able to offer assistance to families with demonstrable need and who possess no other resources or financial assets. Although we recognize that private school tuition is a great responsibility, the school relies on this income to retain our wonderful teachers and programs, which make Blue Rock such a unique school.


Instructions for Applying for Financial Aid

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 4, 2019

  1. Complete the online application, which can be found on the website for the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS): sss.nais.org/parents/. SSS is a division of NAIS, an organization which Blue Rock School uses to help process financial aid applicants’ information.

  2. Upload your 2017 and 2018 signed tax forms (including all schedules), and your 2018 W2s or 1099s, if applicable.
    Once you have completed the first two steps with SSS, they will then send your Report of Family Contribution (RFC) to Blue Rock School, in which they will recommend, based on their own formulas, what they believe your family can contribute toward the tuition. Please note that you may also receive a copy of this report directly from SSS.

  3. Fill out the Blue Rock School Financial Aid Information Form and write a letter explaining your family’s situation and why you are requesting aid. Describe any extenuating circumstances, such as loss of job, medical bills, etc. This letter and form should be sent directly to the Blue Rock School Admissions Office.

If you are unable to access the SSS website, upload your taxes, or print out the application paperwork, please contact the Admissions Office at 845-535-3353 and we will assist you.

Financial aid award decisions will be based on a combination of the recommendation from SSS, your tax returns, the information you have provided on the BRS Financial Aid Information Form and the accompanying letter, as well as the amount of financial aid dollars available. For returning families, we take into account your level of participation in volunteer opportunities at school fund raisers and other events. The Financial Aid Committee of the Board of Trustees will notify families regarding their awards by the month of May. All financial aid information provided to the committee is held in the strictest of confidence.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the
Admissions/Financial Aid office at 845-535-3353 or admissions@bluerockschool.org.