Barrie offers tuition assistance based on financial need to current and incoming families. The goal of our financial aid program is two-fold: 1) to provide deserving students the opportunity for a Barrie education that may otherwise be unobtainable for them and 2) to foster the school’s commitment to maintaining a student body that reflects economic diversity. Barrie School offers tuition assistance to current and incoming families based on financial need, the number of applicants, and availability of funds.
No type of merit aid is awarded as all financial aid awards are based on demonstrated financial need. In order to financially assist as many families as possible, the school grants awards based on a percentage of full need.
Barrie School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical disabilities, or sexual orientation in the administration of its admissions, hiring and educational policies, financial aid programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
For information or assistance, contact the Office of Admission & Financial Aid at 301-576-2800.
Barrie believes parents have an obligation to pay for the educational expenses of their children to the extent that they are able and that takes precedence over the school’s responsibility to provide financial assistance.
The Financial Aid Committee may award grants for tuition to families who demonstrate financial need. Barrie School is a member of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) which assists independent schools in determining a family's financial need. Our Financial Aid Committee reviews the Report of Family Contribution (RFC) which is computed by the SSS and serves as a guideline for financial aid decisions. The RFC does not bind the School to any specific award.
The Financial Aid Committee considers many factors in its financial aid decisions including income (both taxable and non-taxable), expenses, assets (home equity, real estate, savings, stocks, etc.), indebtedness, number of dependents, age of parent(s), and number of children attending tuition-charging schools or full-time day care. The Committee also considers variables including earning potential for a spouse not employed outside the home, automobiles (fair market and/or lease value), recreational vehicles, second homes, vacation expenses, and student travel/enrichment activities.
In accordance with the SSS guidelines, assets of both natural parents are considered in determining need. If parents have separated or divorced, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to ask the non-custodial parent to complete the financial aid process as required of the custodial parent. If either parent has remarried, the Financial Aid Committee will also consider the income and assets of the stepparent. Failure to submit any portion of the required documentation may result in Financial Aid funds not being awarded.
The amount of need as determined by the SSS, the number of applicants, and the School ’ s financial aid budget are also taken into account by the Financial Aid Committee when decisions are made.
Applications for financial aid and all supporting documentation must be received by the Office of Admission and Financial Aid by the deadline for first-round consideration. After this date, financial aid decisions are made on a rolling basis depending on availability of funds.
All financial information is held in confidence, and all grants are treated as a confidential matter between the Financial Aid Committee and the family. Please note that financial aid is not available for half-day students.
Policies and Expectations for New Students
All applicants requesting aid must first qualify for admission. The Admission Committee and the Financial Aid Committee are separate committees. A student’s acceptance or denial to the school is based solely on merit without regard to a request for financial aid. While we try to meet the financial need of admitted students, admission to Barrie School is not a guarantee of financial assistance.
Because our resources are limited, some students who are admitted and who qualify for financial aid may not receive an award. If funds are insufficient to cover every accepted applicant's need, we fund first the student who, in the opinion of the Admission Committee, will contribute most positively to the make-up of the student body. Those who are accepted and qualify but do not receive an award will be placed on a financial aid waiting list should funds become available.
Since we try to make awards at the time students are accepted, financial aid forms must be completed and submitted in a timely manner, during the admission application process. It is advantageous to have the financial aid file complete when the admission decision is made.
Policies and Expectations for Returning Families
For returning students, requests for financial aid must be made each year. Financial aid awards are reviewed annually on the basis of the family’s current financial status and the student's performance during the past year. Students are expected to demonstrate diligence in their academic subjects, maintain acceptable citizenship standards, and contribute positively to the school community. Positive parental contribution to the life of the school community is also evaluated when returning students apply for aid. Current families with past due accounts will not be considered for financial aid for the following year until their accounts are brought up-to-date. Financial aid requests for returning students who qualify for assistance are funded first.