We recognize that an independent school education is both a powerful investment in your child’s future as well as a considerable financial commitment.
The Shipley School remains committed to making a Shipley education accessible to students from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. Over $6.4 million dollars was awarded to approximately 33 percent of Shipley's students for the 2017-2018 school year. This financial support comes from Shipley’s endowment, gifts to the school and tuition. All awards are based on demonstrated need, and are revised on an annual basis. Families of students applying to any grade are welcome to apply for financial aid.
Shipley uses School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS to collect basic financial information on income, assets, family size and the number of siblings in tuition-charging schools. A needs analysis report is prepared by SSS that suggests the amount you can contribute for educational costs. Since not all families’ financial circumstances are equal, the Shipley Financial Aid Office uses the SSS evaluation as the starting point for Shipley’s review of each applicant for financial aid.
In cases of divorce or separation, Shipley requires information from both natural parents and any stepparents. Each parent must complete and submit a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). The family’s ability to contribute is based on both natural parents’ and any stepparents’ income and assets.
Once the family’s contribution is determined, the Financial Aid Office will assign an aid package to meet the unmet costs of tuition. The award is conditional upon the review of your 2017 Federal tax return.
The amount you can reasonably contribute toward meeting the cost of a Shipley education is reviewed annually. Your contribution may increase, decrease, or remain the same depending on the change in your financial circumstances from year to year.