Affording Eagle Hill

We understand that the decision to attend boarding school involves a major financial commitment. We believe, however, that the decision to attend Eagle Hill is one that will change the entire trajectory of a child’s life.

Tuition Rates for the 2019-2020 academic year and 2019 summer session have been established as follows.

Academic Year 2018- 2019 2019- 2020
Boarding $77,575 $79,900
Day  $55,525 $57,200
Summer Program 2018 2019
$10,118 $10,425

**In addition, each family is required to maintain a separate student spending account for their child. The account covers such personal expenses as laundry and dry cleaning, weekly allowance, weekend activities, travel expenses, etc. The anticipated expenditure per student for the academic year (10 months) is $4,500, although this number could fluctuate higher or lower depending on the activities in which your child participates. The average summer account expenditure is $1000.


Financial Aid

Eagle Hill School’s financial aid program is based solely on a family’s demonstrated need. We do not offer scholarships or grants based on merit or athletic ability. Eagle Hill has a limited financial aid program and is able to provide some assistance to those parents/guardians who demonstrate clear financial need.

A family's ability to afford Eagle Hill’s tuition, and their application for financial aid, does not influence admission committee decisions in any way.  After the Admission Committee accepts an applicant to Eagle Hill, financial aid awards are made based on a family’s demonstrated need and the availability of funds. Unfortunately, applicants accepted for admission and qualifying on the basis of financial need far outnumber those we can afford to support. Although need is the first requirement for financial aid, the final selection of a new recipient is based on our evaluation of the student’s overall academic and personal strengths. We cannot guarantee funding to all applicants who qualify.

To help evaluate demonstrated need, Eagle Hill subscribes to the nationally standardized system for analysis offered by the School and Student Services (SSS) for financial aid, which is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Eagle Hill’s financial aid program is administered fairly and is consistently applied in accordance with the principles and practice of NAIS and the mission of Eagle Hill School. The Parent Financial Statement (PFS) must be completed by each family who intends to apply for financial aid.  The PFS is available through SSS NAIS and will accept financial aid applications for the 2018–2019 school year after October 2nd, 2017.

Eagle Hill does not discriminate in the administration of its financial aid on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender. All information relating to applications for financial aid will be held by Eagle Hill in the strictest of confidence and will not be released to any third party. Documentation from custodial, non-custodial and stepparents will not be shared with other members of the student's family.

How to apply

The Financial Aid Application
Eagle Hill School utilizes School and Student Services (SSS) to process our financial aid applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. Please go to the online Family Guide to Financial Aid brochure for more information. To complete your financial aid application for the coming enrollment year, follow these steps.
 
Applying For Financial Aid Online
To apply, go to sss.nais.org and complete the application by February 1, 2018.

  1. Click on the prompt to begin your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). Each parent household must complete one PFS.
  2. You will be given a username and password that will allow you to return to your PFS at a later date before submitting it. Your information will be secure.
  3. Eagle Hill School code 903328
In addition to the PFS, we require that you upload the following documents to SSS to complete your financial aid application:
  • Signed federal tax return with all supporting schedules from the current year and the previous year
  • Current year W-2s from all working parents (or IRS Form 1099 or a Business/Farm Statement if self-employed) by February 1, 2018
For questions about the PFS online, call SSS at 800.344.8328.

Guaranteed Yearly?
Eagle Hill School requires that all applicants complete the full financial aid process each year that a student wishes to matriculate at the School. Awards are evaluated annually based on the most recent year’s financial information, as well as on the student’s continued academic effort and good citizenship at Eagle Hill. The Committee will review and make adjustments appropriate to changes in financial resources and tuition increases. Families should expect to experience an increase in tuition each year; however, Eagle Hill will make every effort to keep the percentage of financial aid awarded consistent from year to year.  Unfortunately, Eagle Hill cannot always guarantee meeting an increased need should a family’s financial situation change. 
 
Payment Plans
At Eagle Hill School we understand the varying financial needs of our families, Eagle Hill offers two payment options.

Plan A: Full Payment received on or before July 1.
Plan B: 50% of tuition received before July 1 and 50% received on or before September 1.

In addition, there are several institutions that may assist families with financing tuition. These companies are not affiliated with Eagle Hill School and should be contacted directly.


Loan Programs

Sallie Mae
On-line applications only
www.salliemae.com/k12
Your Tuition Solution, Inc.
2 Park Central Drive, Suite 100
Southborough, MA 01772
www.yourtuitionsolution.com
800-920-9777
 
Tuition Income Tax Deduction
Payments made for the special education provided at Eagle Hill School may be deductible medical care expenses under the Internal Revenue Code. While ordinary education is not medical care, the cost of medical care may, under certain circumstances, include the cost of attending a special school for an individual with a disability if his or her condition is such that the resources of the institution for alleviating such disability are a principal reason for his or her presence there.

Whether tuition expenses for Eagle Hill will be deductible in a particular case will depend upon the facts and circumstances of each individual student’s situation. There are also percentage limitations applicable to otherwise deductible medical expenses, depending on the parent’s adjusted gross income. Therefore, before claiming a tax deduction for expenses relating to the special education of a student, we highly recommend that you consult with a tax lawyer or accountant about whether your payments to Eagle Hill may qualify for a medical expense tax deduction.

For more information about tuition, fees, or financial aid, please call Susan Cranford, Associate Director of Admission and Director of Financial Aid, 1-413-477-6000 ext. 1213. 
P.O. Box 116
242 Old Petersham Road
Hardwick, MA 01037
Phone: 413.477.6000
Fax: 413.477.6837

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