Tuition assistance and the application process.
Central to Holland Hall’s tuition-assistance policy is the belief that the student’s family bears the primary responsibility for supporting the cost of attendance. At the same time, Holland Hall is committed to enrolling a strong, talented, culturally-and socioeconomically-diverse student body; therefore, we seek to provide need-based tuition assistance to families who otherwise could not afford to enroll their children at the school. Holland Hall is in a unique position among many educational institutions in that our tuition assistance grants are funded entirely by endowment, investment income, and restricted gifts rather than tuition income. Total tuition-assistance grants awarded by Holland Hall in 2018-2019 amounted to $3,495,582. 29% of Holland Hall families receive some amount of tuition assistance, and this commitment will grow significantly in the future.
Families wishing to apply for tuition assistance can apply online by completing the Parent Financial Statement. The PFS and all tax forms are uploaded to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) for processing. All forms go the SSS. Holland Hall does not collect any forms.
How is the family contribution determined?
All contributions are guided by the assessment conducted by the School and Student Services (SSS), a subsidiary of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Included in this assessment are the major factors affecting financial need, including the family’s net income and assets, the number of dependents in the household, and the number of children attending tuition-charging schools and colleges. Allowances are made for certain taxes, medical costs, and unusual expenses, as well as other adjustments which are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Financial assistance required is determined by subtracting from the total educational expenses the amount of money a family can contribute based on the above criteria.
How SSS might calculate a family contribution
The following examples below reflect scenarios entered into SSS and the results of the process. While every family’s situation will be slightly different, these scenarios may help guide you to understand the range of tuition assistance awarded. For more questions, please contact the Admissions Office.
An applicant for ninth grade lives with their family, including two siblings, also attending tuition-based schools. Her family income totals $350,000. The family owns a home and has $50,000 in savings.
Total Tuition: $20,800
Family Contribution: $23,859
An applicant for fifth grade lives with their single parent. The family income is $35,000. The family does not own a home and currently has no savings.
Total Tuition: $18,450
Family Contribution: $1,000
An applicant to sixth grade lives with their family, including one sibling who does not attend a tuition-based school. The family income is $125,000. The family owns a home and has started saving for retirement.
Total Tuition: $19,300
Family Contribution: $12,207
An applicant to ninth grade lives with their family, including one sibling who also attends a tuition-based school. One parent works outside of the home, making a salary of $350,000. The family owns a home and has $50,000 in savings.
Total Tuition: $20,800
The minimum family contribution would be $20,800
Begin the Financial Aid Process
Visit the SSS website to begin the financial aid process by completing the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) for the 2020-21 school year. In cases of divorce or separation, both parents or legal guardians are required to fully complete the tuition assistance process and file separate applications. After completing the PFS you’ll need to upload to SSS Federal Income Tax Form 1040 from the past two years, all accompanying schedules, W-2 forms, 1099 (if applicable).
Complete this online form to start the financial aid application process. **The SSS code number for Holland Hall is 3952.
Need help completing these forms? Visit this page for more information.
Tuition Assistance Dates and Timeframes
- Tuition Assistance decisions to re-enrolling families by end of April.
- Tuition Assistance decisions to new families by end of April.
- Re-Enrolling SSS open October 2, 2018 and communication to families.
- Inform immediately if filing an extension.Deadline for documents Friday, January 11, 2019.
PFS completed and compared to last years.
- Issue award if PFS is similar to last years, will need to wait for taxes if there is a difference between last year and this year’s PFS.
- New Families SSS open October 2, 2018 and communication to families.
- Inform immediately if filing an extension.
- Deadline for documents Friday, February 8, 2019.
- PFS completed will use taxes from last year for tentative award.
- Submit tax information for finalized award.
The customer support center, (800) 344-8328, is available to take calls from families during the following hours:
Nov. 1 – Dec. 31: 9 am – 8 pm ET & 9 am-4 pm ET on Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Jan. 1 – March 31: 9 am – 11 pm ET & 9 am – 8 pm ET on Saturday. Closed Sunday.
April 1 – April 30: 9 am – 8 pm ET & 9 am – 4 pm ET on Saturday. Closed Sunday.
May 1 – Oct. 31: 9 am – 8 pm ET Closed Saturday & Sunday.
You can contact them by email at email@example.com.
Remember all documents must be uploaded to SSS. Holland Hall does not collect any documents.