FINANCIAL ASSISTANCEPark Day School is committed to reflecting the diverse socioeconomic backgrounds of families from across the East Bay. Our financial assistance program is designed to bridge the gap between what a family can afford to pay and the full cost of tuition. Allocations are made both with an eye to each family’s unique situation, and with a commitment to fairness and equity across our community.
Park Day School's need-based financial assistance program provided aid to 35% of our student body this year. Although it is not possible to meet all requests for assistance, Park Day School makes an effort to extend assistance across our community to as many families as possible. If you are applying for financial assistance after the application deadline, please contact us to inquire about financial assistance availability.
The school uses School and Student Services by the National Association of Independent Schools (SSS) for evaluation of a family's financial need. We rely on the guidelines and methodology used by SSS as well as our understanding of individual circumstances and our capacity to meet financial need. In addition to the documentation required by SSS, please complete and upload the Supplemental Financial Assistance Questionnaire and other required documents as outlined below to your SSS application.
2018-19 Application for Financial Assistance Deadlines:
December 4, 2017: Returning families submit SSS application and upload required documentation (including 2016 W2s and 1099s, 2016 - 1040, most recent paystubs, and Supplemental Park Day Questionnaire)
January 19, 2018: First time applicants submit SSS application and upload required documentation (including 2016 W2s and 1099s, 2016 - 1040, most recent paystubs, and Supplemental Park Day Questionnaire)
February 16, 2018: First time applicants upload 2017 IRS Form 1040 and 2017 W2s and 1099s to SSS
April 16, 2018: Returning families upload 2017 IRS Form 1040 and 2017 W2s and 1099s to SSS
To apply for financial assistance visit http://sssbynais.org/parents. Park Day School’s SSS code is 5669. If you are applying for financial assistance after the application deadline, please contact the admissions office to inquire about financial assistance availability.
The entire financial assistance application should be completed online at the SSS portal. SSS customer service can be reached at (800) 344-8328 or email@example.com. Questions for Park Day School? firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Assistance FAQ's
Q. I understand that Park Day School uses SSS from NAIS to collect and process Financial Assistance applications. What key information do I need to apply?2017-18 Application for Financial Assistance Deadlines:
December 5, 2016: Returning Park Day families submit the Parents’ Financial Statement and upload required documentation (including 2015 W2s and 1099s, 2015 - 1040, most recent paystubs, and Supplemental Park Day Questionnaire) through the SSS Parent Portal.January 20, 2017: First time applicants to Park Day submit the Parents’ Financial Statement and upload required documentation (including 2015 W2s and 1099s, 2015 - 1040, most recent paystubs, and Supplemental Park Day Questionnaire) through the SSS Parent Portal.February 24, 2017: First time applicants to Park Day upload 2016 IRS Form 1040 and 2016 W2s and 1099s to the SSS Parent Portal
You may begin your Parents’ Financial Statement at http://sssbynais.org/parents. Park Day School’s SSS code is 5669.The entire financial assistance application should be completed online at the SSS Parent Portal https://sssbynais.force.com/familyportal/FamilyLogin.SSS customer service can be reached at (800) 344-8328 or email@example.com.
Q. What factors are considered in determining the amount of assistance?
All Park Day School financial assistance is based on demonstrated need. Park Day does not give scholarships for special talents nor academic merit. Although annual income is a significant consideration in the calculation of aid, many other factors figure in the decision-making process, including the number of children attending tuition charging schools, other family dependents, assets and net worth, and unusual expenses.
Q. Where can I learn more about how SSS works and how to complete my application?
School & Student Services by NAIS (SSS) has a comprehensive website with excellent resources for parents. We encourage all financial assistance applicants to visit sssbynais.org/parents/learn before beginning your application.
Q. Who is eligible to apply for financial assistance?
All current and prospective Park Day School families may apply for financial assistance, regardless of their grade level or current financial assistance status.
Q. Does applying for financial assistance impact our admissions decision?No. Financial assistance is assessed separately from admissions decisions. Once admission decisions have been made the Financial Assistance Committee assesses financial need of those being offered enrollment.
Q. Do I have to reapply for financial assistance each year?Yes. Awards are given for one academic year. Because a family’s financial circumstances may change over time, we require all assistance recipients to reapply each year. A family whose financial situation remains relatively unchanged can generally expect the same percentage of their tuition to be covered by financial assistance from year-to-year. For current Park Day School families, all future financial assistance awards are contingent upon payment of the prior year’s account.
Q. If I did not apply or did not qualify for financial assistance, can I pay full tuition for a year and then reapply for financial assistance?
Park Day School assumes that all families who enroll without receiving financial assistance will be able to pay full tuition each year. Unless your family circumstances change dramatically while your child is a student at the school, financial assistance will not be awarded in subsequent years.
Q. Is my information kept confidential?Financial assistance applications are only reviewed by the Financial Assistance Committee. The school safeguards the confidentiality of financial assistance applications, records, and decisions while respecting the right of each family to discuss its own financial assistance outcomes in an appropriate manner.
Q. When will I receive a decision regarding financial assistance?
For new students, financial assistance decisions are mailed with admission decisions on March 17, 2017. Current Park Day families receive financial assistance awards for the following year with their enrollment contracts.
Q. Does financial assistance cover non-tuition school fees and other expenses?Tuition covers most school expenses including morning care, nearly all field trips, books and supplies. We offer financial assistance to qualifying families for the After School Activities Program (ASAP) and for sports fees.
- Families receiving financial assistance allocations that cover between 40% and 49% of tuition are eligible for 10% financial assistance support for elective sports and ASAP.
- Families receiving financial assistance allocations that cover between 50% and 59% of tuition are eligible for 20% financial assistance support for elective sports and ASAP.
- Families receiving financial assistance allocations that cover between 60% and 74% of tuition are eligible for 30% financial assistance support for elective sports and ASAP.
- Families receiving financial assistance allocations that cover 75% or more of tuition are eligible for 40% financial assistance support for elective sports and ASAP.
Families that receive 39% or less of financial assistance allocations are not eligible for additional financial assistance with regard to extra-curricular fee-based programs and expenses.
Q. After I have submitted my Parents’ Financial Statement, how do I upload the other documents that Park Day School requires?
Q. Are there any non-school organizations that can help with financial assistance?
Unfortunately, most financial assistance comes directly from school’s budgets. There are a few Bay Area organizations that may offer small amounts of tuition support.The Guardsmen Scholarship Fund(415) 856-0939The Independent Scholarship Fund(510) 632-1366 x144The BASIC Fund(415) 986-5650
Q. What information will the Financial Assistance Committee need to determine an award if I am no longer living with my child's other parent?
To promote a fair and equitable process, each parent is required to submit a separate and complete financial assistance application when the parents maintain separate households. If the student’s parents do not live together, whether separated, divorced, or never married, each should complete a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) that is reflective of his or her own household and financial picture.
If one parents has remarried, the stepparent information should be included in the PFS as well, since the stepparent is a contributing member to supporting the household’s needs. Park Day School determines the ability to pay that each household exhibits and makes an award determination based on the combined determination.
Q. What if my child’s non-custodial parent is not willing to complete a financial assistance application?
If the non-custodial parent has little or no contact with their child for a significant period of time, and provides no financial support, the requirement may be waived. In such cases, the school requires a written statement about the parent’s absence from a non-family member (such as a family lawyer, clergyperson, social worker, or school official) who is aware of the family situation.
If the non-custodial parent is providing financial support and/or is in contact with their child, Park Day School requires their participation in the financial assistance process. Financial assistance is determined by parents’ ability to pay, not by their willingness.
Q. I’m a stay-at-home parent and do not work outside the home. Will my family still be considered for financial assistance?
In order for the school to treat families with stay-at-home parents equitably compared to families in which all parents work outside the home, Park Day School attributes a small income for stay-at-home parents to the financial assistance calculations.
Exceptions to this policy may occur if a parent is caring for a child not yet of school age, a child with a disability, a seriously ill child, parent, or grandparent or if a parent is disabled and cannot work. Please inform the Financial Assistance Committee in writing of these circumstances at the time of your initial application.
Q. What more can you tell me about Financial Assistance at Park Day School?
Park Day School relies on the School and Student Services by NAIS (SSS), supporting documents, and our financial assistance policies to determine each applicant’s demonstrated financial need. Many factors are considered when determining a grant amount, including income, assets, liabilities, family size, tuition obligations, and more. While Park Day School has a generous financial assistance program (more than $1.3 million was awarded this year), each year we receive requests in excess of available funds. Financial assistance awards do not need to be repaid. Funding for the financial assistance program is 100% school-based; Park Day School receives no government funding.
Q. I still have questions about financial assistance. Whom should I contact?
Please contact our Financial Assistance Office: financialassistance@