December 5, 2016: Returning families submit SSS application and upload required documentation (including 2015 W2s and 1099s, 2015 - 1040, most recent paystubs, and Supplemental Park Day Questionnaire)
January 20, 2017: First time applicants submit SSS application and upload required documentation (including 2015 W2s and 1099s, 2015 - 1040, most recent paystubs, and Supplemental Park Day Questionnaire)
February 24, 2017: First time applicants upload 2016 IRS Form 1040 and 2016 W2s and 1099s to SSS
April 17, 2017: Returning families upload 2016 IRS Form 1040 and 2016 W2s and 1099s to SSS
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 PortalApril 17, 2017: Returning Park Day families upload 2016 IRS Form 1040 and 2016 W2s and 1099s to the SSS Parent Portal
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.
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.
All current and prospective Park Day School families may apply for financial assistance, regardless of their grade level or current financial assistance status.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please contact our Financial Assistance Office: financialassistance@