The financial assistance program at Francis Parker School is guided by our belief that parents have an obligation to pay the educational expenses of their children to the extent that they are able. To promote access for students who would benefit from an outstanding college-preparatory education and whose contribution in and outside of the classroom would enrich the Parker community, Parker provides financial assistance to qualified families.
Our financial assistance policies reflect standards of equity and fairness and embrace Parker's ongoing commitment to access, affordability and socioeconomic diversity.
Families are required to submit financial information on an annual basis through School & Student Services (SSS), an objective third party financial needs assessment service offered through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Francis Parker School adheres to local, state and federal laws and regulations that require non-discriminatory practice in the administration of its financial assistance policies.
Tuition Assistance and Instructions
Financial Assistance Guidelines
Applying for Financial Assistance
To begin your financial assistance application, please complete School and Student Services (SSS) Parents' Financial Statement (PFS)
The PFS is a comprehensive application that will take some time to complete. You'll need your most recent tax return. We also recommend that you review the wide range of materials that SSS has put together to help families with the financial assistance process. They can be found at sssbynais.org/parents.
Both custodial and noncustodial parents must apply for financial assistance. This information is collected to determine the ability, not the willingness, of all parties to financially support the education of their children. Parker considers the financial resources of all living parents, stepparents and domestic partners, and requires the cooperation of all parties before financial assistance awards are determined. The School is not bound by any disclaimers of financial responsibility or legal arrangements that may bind either parent. Parker expects each parent to contribute as much as our calculations show they can afford, even if a divorce settlement stipulates a different amount. Parker does not act as an intermediary between parents and asks that all parties involved communicate directly with each other regarding the education of their children.
Awards from the previous year will not be changed due to an "elective" change in circumstances, like starting a new business, going on sabbatical, retiring early or stopping work to become a stay at home parent — unless health is a factor.
A family may request reconsideration of a financial assistance award only when their financial circumstances change significantly. In those instances, requests for reconsideration may be submitted in writing to the Financial Assistance Committee and accompanied by additional documentation that was not already reviewed by the School.
We will communicate our financial assistance decision to you. To make our decision, we use the information from the PFS as a starting point but also consider our school policy, practices and budget.
How to Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) Online
Create your PFS Online account with your email address and a password. If you applied for financial assistance last year, simply login to the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year.
After you have pressed "submit," you'll see a payment screen. The $42 fee is nonrefundable. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system. After you pay for and submit your PFS, you'll have access on the PFS Online to a section called "Manage Documents." You can upload additional documents we require there.
In addition to completing the PFS Online, parents must also submit the following documents to SSS (note: some 2013 information may already be on file in your account):
Signed copies of your complete 2013 1040 federal tax return, including all schedules and K-1 forms, if applicable
Copies of all 2013 W-2's and/or 1099 forms
Signed copies of your complete 2014 1040 federal tax return, including all schedules and K-1 forms (as soon as you have filed)
Copies of all 2014 W-2’s and/or 1099 forms (by Feb. 28, 2015)
SSS Business & Farm Statement, if applicable
To ensure that your application for financial assistance is considered, please meet the submission deadlines listed below. Only completed files can be considered. Any late submissions will be reviewed after the first round of awards. Should any funds remain, awards will be made to late applicants.
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How to Submit Additional Required Documents Online
Prepare your documents to be uploaded. Make sure the documents are on your computer, each saved as a separate file. Remove any security or password protection from your document files.
Return to the PFS Online and log in.
Select the Academic Year 2015-16 button.
From the PFS Online, click on the "My Documents" tab.
On the "My Documents" page, you will see an upload button or a hyperlink next to a specific document name in the "Required Documents" section of the PFS. Clicking either the upload button or a hyperlink will lead you through a series of steps allowing you to name, locate and save the file.
Once you have uploaded a document, the date will appear in the “Date Uploaded” column within minutes of the upload. Some tax documents go through a verification process. The process can take up to 48 hours.
If you wish to submit required documents by mail, send to School and Student Services, PO Box 449, Randolph, MA 02368-0449. For overnight service, use: SSS by NAIS, Application Processing Center, 15 Dan Road, Suite 102, Canton, MA 02021. If you need help completing the PFS, contact SSS customer service at (800) 344-8328.
Please note that your application and any of the required documents you submit, including documents sent by mail or overnight service, are accessible by Parker via SSS. As a result, please do not send copies of your application or any of the required documents to Parker.
Financial Assistance Guidelines 2015-2016 Academic Year
Financial Assistance Guidelines 2015-2016 Academic Year (PDF)
Request More Information
For more information or to apply for financial aid, please contact:
Director of Admission