Financial Aid

Deadline: January 18, 2020 for first round consideration.


The goal of Barrie School's financial aid program is:

  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 offers tuition assistance based on financial need, the number of applicants, and availability of funds to new and returning families. In order to financially assist as many families as possible, the school grants awards based on a percentage of full need.

Financial Aid Decisions are released with Admission decisions. Prospective families who apply by January 18 will hear back by March 1. Families who apply after the January 18th deadline will hear about Admission and Financial Aid decisions on a rolling basis as space and budget allows.

Parents have an obligation to pay for the educational expenses of their child(ren) to the extent that they are able and that takes precedence over the school’s responsibility to provide financial assistance.


How to Apply for Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Committee may award grants for tuition to families who demonstrate financial need. Barrie School is a member of TADS, which assists independent schools in determining a family's financial need.

Applications for financial aid and all supporting documentation must be received by the Office of Admission and Financial Aid by January 18, 2019 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.

To begin the application process, visit the TADS website

Policies and Expectations for New 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. 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.

How Decisions are Made

  1. The Financial Aid Committee reviews the Report of Family Contribution (RFC) which is computed by TADS and serves as a guideline for financial aid decisions. The RFC does not bind the School to any specific award.
  2. 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.
  1. In accordance with the TADS 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.
  2. The amount of need as determined by the TADS, 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.
Office of Admission and Financial Aid

Phone: 301-576-2800
Fax: 301-576-2803


Please Contact

Ingrid Yuryev
Director of Admission & Financial Aid

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