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Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Will applying for financial aid affect my son’s admission decision?

    A. Belmont Hill School strives to enroll students who demonstrate excellence and potential. The School’s financial aid and admission program provides the opportunity for admitted students whose families need financial assistance and view education and attendance at the School as a top priority. Belmont Hill's program of financial aid is entirely need-based: awards are made solely on the basis of a family's ability to pay. Admission applications are read without regard for a family’s ability to pay. While it is our aspiration to be need-blind, some years, at the end of the process, the admission and financial aid committees must weigh admission decisions against available financial aid funds.
  • Q. How are financial aid awards calculated?

    A.
    Belmont Hill uses School and Student Services (follow this link to the SSS website) to process our financial aid applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools, and is used by most independent schools to calculate need. Based on the financial information you provide, SSS provides an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. Among other things, SSS takes into account:
    • Income of both parents
    • Family assets
    • Age of both parents
    • Number of dependents
    • Number of children in tuition charging schools
  • Q. What is the policy for divorced, separated, or never married parents?

    A. Belmont Hill expects both parents to contribute to educational costs. The custodial parent (and spouse) and the non-custodial parent (and spouse) must both submit a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and all tax forms as stated in the SSS instructions. If the whereabouts of the non-custodial parent are unknown, contact the Director of Financial Aid for further instruction.
  • Q. Will my financial aid award remain the same as long as my son is in school?

    A. Yes, as long as your financial situation does not change. Financial aid awards are reviewed each year using your current financial documents. Families must complete the PFS and submit required tax forms every January to establish need for the next academic year.
  • Q. Do I have to reapply for financial aid each year?

    A. Yes. Financial aid awards are recalculated each year. Families must complete the PFS and submit required tax forms every January to establish need for the next academic year.
  • Q. What are the document deadlines?

    A.
     
     
    New Students
    Returning Students*
    Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS)
    January 15
    January 5
    2016 federal income tax return (1040) and all supporting schedules and w-2 forms
    January 15
    January 5
    2017 federal income tax return (1040) and all supporting schedules and w-2 forms
    March 1
    March 1
    IRS Form 4506-T
    January 15
    January 5
     
    *If you are a returning student applying for financial aid for the first time, please contact the Director of Financial Aid by January 1.
     
    Please submit documents to SSS (http://sss.nais.org/Parents)
  • Q. Will failure to meet deadlines affect my possibility of receiving aid?

    A. Yes. Financial aid is awarded to families (both new and returning) that meet the document deadlines prior to considering those who apply late.
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Belmont Hill School educates boys in mind, body, and spirit to develop men of good character. Our community encourages and challenges students to discover and pursue passions, seek excellence, and face adversity with resilience. We cultivate critical thinking and creativity, teamwork and competition, hard work and reflection, tradition and innovation. Valuing our differences and working together, we embrace camaraderie, compassion, and service to others. Our school strives to instill in each boy ethical judgment, a sense of common humanity, and a lifelong love of learning.