Financial Aid Process
The Northwest School awards financial aid based on the demonstrated need of the family. Therefore, our awards range from a small amount of assistance to the full cost of tuition. The average award amount is $27,437.
We use the Parents’ Financial Statement, designed by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), as well as the family’s complete tax returns, to determine the contribution your family should make towards educational expenses. The Northwest School’s financial aid award committee uses the results, along with the school’s policies, as a guide in allocating your family’s aid award based on need.
For families receiving financial aid, The Northwest Experience Fund covers some of the required additional costs beyond tuition that contribute to a full and successful experience at the school. Click here to learn more.
Steps to Apply
1. Check the box for financial aid information
When you complete your online admission application, check the box to receive more information about applying for financial aid. This will let our financial aid team know to contact you, and will not impact your application for admission in any way.
2. Apply for financial aid online
Submit a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through School and Student Services (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. Based on the financial information you provide, SSS estimates the amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. This helps us make fair and objective financial aid decisions. Starting November 1, go to http://sss.nais.org/parents to apply for financial aid online.
3. Return additional required documents
Scan and upload the following documents to your SSS account at http://sss.nais.org/parents:
- Completed 1040, including all schedules
- IRS Form 4506-T
Or, submit a copy of each document by mail to SSS by NAIS, Application Processing Center, P.O. Box 449, Randolph, MA 02368-0449. (For overnight mail: School and Student Services, 15 Dan Road, Suite 102, Canton, MA 02021). Be sure to include a Required Documents Cover Sheet and to mail in a large envelope. Do not fold or paper clip documents.
For additional information
To contact SSS, please call 800.344.8328 with any questions (Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 8 PM EST. Sat: 9 AM - 4 PM EST).
Other Funding Options
Many lending institutions have suspended or discontinued their tuition assistance programs in recent years. Check with your personal lending institution for possibilities, or contact Jonathan Hochberg in the Financial Aid Office to see if any new programs have emerged.