Affording TBS

We’ve designed our tuition assistance program to increase access to a TBS education for as many families as possible. We begin by evaluating each family’s financial need according to nationwide guidelines established by Community Brands’ School and Student Services (SSS). In making award decisions, we factor in our school’s strategic, mission-connected need to sustain diverse classroom and community environments that benefit all students as they prepare to engage a changing world.

Tuition Assistance Deadlines

Applications for returning students & their new siblings are due Friday, November 15, 2019.

Priority Applications for new applicants are due  Friday, January 24, 2020.

How to Apply

You are invited to apply for tuition assistance through our partners at School and Student Services (SSS) through NAIS Parents’ Financial Statement beginning October 1, 2019.

The Berkeley School’s code for School and Student Services is 1598.

There is a $51 application fee. An income-based waiver of this fee may automatically be waived upon submission.

All parenting adults, including those who are separated, divorced, non-custodial, or unmarried must be included in the application in order to be considered.

You must upload supporting documents including tax returns and schedules as directed on the SSS website.

Need Application Support?

Please contact our partners at SSS (800) 344-8328 Monday-Friday, 6:00a-5:00p (PST), and 6:00a-1:00p (PST) on Saturday. They are familiar with every question you might have and will advise you as to the best way to complete the application. You may also reach out to Amy Coty at acoty@theberkeleyschool.org.

What Happens Next?

The Berkeley School’s Tuition Assistance Committee reviews the application and determines a provisional award once the PFS, 2018 tax documents and 2019 W-2s/1099s have been received and verified by SSS. The Committee may wish to interview a family in order to more accurately understand an applicant’s situation. 

If the PFS and required documents are submitted on time, preliminary award information will be included in re-enrollment packets for returning students and admission decision packets for new students.

Assistance will be based on the information provided and offered on a provisional basis until a copy of the signed and filed 2018 return is provided.

Helpful Hints

Deadlines are important and do mean the difference between your application being considered with all other applicants or not. Once all assistance is granted, it is not always possible to provide much, if any, tuition support. If you’re not able to provide the information necessary to complete your application by the deadline, you should discuss your situation with Amy Coty to determine if an accommodation can be made.

Only one PFS is required for multiple TBS children.

Complete the PFS using good faith estimates for your annual income. You do not need to wait to file your 2019 taxes. You must, however, provide W2s and 1099s as soon as you receive them.

For more information

Please contact:
Amy Coty, Director of Finance & Operations
(510) 665-8800 Ext. 109
admissions@theberkeleyschool.org

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Ignite Curious Minds
Awaken Generous Hearts
Engage a Changing World

K - 8 Campus

1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 665-8800

Early Childhood Campus

2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-8340

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