Barrie School 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
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
- Barrie School 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
- 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
- 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.
for financial aid and all supporting documentation must be received by
the Office of Admission and Financial Aid by the deadline
first-round consideration. After this date, financial aid decisions are
made on a rolling basis depending on availability of funds.
financial information is held in confidence, and all grants are treated
as a confidential matter between the Financial Aid Committee and the
- Please note that financial aid is not available for half-day students.
Policies/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.
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.
Policies/Expectations for Applicant Families
- 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.
we try to meet the financial need of admitted students, admission to
Barrie School is not a guarantee of financial assistance.
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.
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.
For information or assistance, contact
The Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 301-576-2800.