Education is an investment that lasts a lifetime. The Bush School inspires students to become curious, joyful learners and compassionate, ethical citizens leading lives of purpose. Bush is committed to making our educational experience affordable and accessible to talented students of all backgrounds, regardless of a family’s financial circumstances.
Each and every one of our families at Bush has made the commitment to their child’s education and future in partnership with our leadership, faculty, and staff. This is a partnership that The Bush School values and supports through a comprehensive financial aid program that covers all areas of the Bush experience.
Financial aid is awarded based on a family’s demonstrated need and covers additional costs beyond tuition so that every student can benefit from Bush’s full educational experience. The Bush School financial aid program consists of grants that do not need to be repaid. Financial aid awards at Bush are an actual reduction of the cost of tuition and range from $4,335 to $38,540.
If the cost of a Bush education feels out of reach based on your family’s financial circumstances, we believe submitting a financial aid application is worth exploring. The financial aid application takes approximately forty-five minutes to complete. We hope you will take the next step and fill out the application at School and Student Services (SSS).
The financial aid decisions are made independently from the admissions decisions.
October 2, 2020 Financial aid application available on SSS
January 14, 2021 Financial aid application due
The Bush School offers need-based financial aid. This means that financial aid awards are based solely on need or the family’s ability to pay for tuition. The Bush School does not provide academic or merit-based scholarships. In order to determine need, parents submit the School and Student Services by NAIS (SSS by NAIS) financial aid application including the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) and supporting tax documents. The application process typically takes approximately forty-five minutes to complete.
SSS by NAIS uses a specific methodology to assess the financial resources a family has available to contribute towards the educational expenses of their children. Some factors that SSS by NAIS takes into account are: income (both taxable and nontaxable), assets (home equity, savings, bonds, etc.), expenses, indebtedness, family size, age of parents/guardians (to allow for retirement savings), and the number of students attending tuition-charging schools. The result of this evaluation is included in a Report of Family Contribution (RFC). The Financial Aid Committee uses the RFC as a starting point from which to determine a financial aid award.
In the financial aid process, The Bush School does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of gender, religion, creed, national origin, race, color, ethnicity, cultural background, family structure or sexual orientation. Financial aid decisions are made independently of admissions decisions.
All admissions applicants and current Bush students are eligible to apply for financial aid. We recognize the increasing burden tuition places on middle-income families, and the financial aid committee works to ensure that The Bush School tuition fits within your family’s budget. Financial aid awards range from $4,335 to $38,540. We hope you will take the next step and complete the application at SSS by NAIS.
The Bush School is committed to supporting families who are experiencing financial or employment changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these times of uncertainty, it is our goal to work with families to make a Bush education affordable and accessible. We encourage families who may need tuition assistance, whether temporary or longer term, to reach out to Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Adam Choice.
Financial aid is a financial partnership between a family and the school. As part of this important partnership and in following best practice, The Bush School requires all families receiving financial aid to complete a financial aid application each year. The SSS by NAIS financial aid application updates the new year.
If there have not been any major increases or decreases in a family's total income and assets, the percentage of the financial aid award applied toward tuition will remain consistent from year to year. Returning families must also be current in the payment of the current year’s account in order to be eligible for financial aid award for the coming year.
The Bush School believes that primary responsibility for paying for a student’s education rests with all parents. Financial aid is awarded based on ability to pay, not the willingness to pay. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all parents to complete all steps in the application process.
The Bush School requires the non-custodial parent to complete the financial aid application if they have contact with their child. In the case when a non-custodial parent does not have contact with their child over an extended period of time, and does not provide financial support, this requirement can be waived.
Families who apply for financial aid will receive their admissions decision and financial aid decisions at the same time. The Bush School will offer admission only to applicants for whom we can provide financial assistance. If we are unable to provide financial aid to an admissible student, we will place that student in our wait pool until financial aid and a space become available.