Tuition and Financial Assistance FAQ
What information does SSS take into consideration when making a financial aid award suggestion?
SSS considers a gross taxable income, assets, liabilities, family size, age of parents, and number of students in tuition-charging schools. After an allowance for basic necessities and taxes, the remaining funds are considered discretionary income available for education. The computation by SSS is based on a formula nationally accepted by independent schools. It is understood that Rocky Hill School is not obligated to award the amounts recommended by SSS.
How should single parents or separated/divorced couples complete the application?
Rocky Hill School requires that any and all adults that are financially responsible for the student complete a PFS. We do consider the ability of stepparents to contribute in our financial aid award calculations. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent any parent from completing a PFS, please be in contact with the Admission Office. We understand that every family situation is different.
If my child receives need-based financial aid in one year is he/she guaranteed to receive the same amount every year?
No, families are required to reapply for financial aid every year. The family can expect that the award will be similar from year to year unless there is a change in their financial situation. Also, families should understand the cost of attending Rocky Hill may go up every year. Depending on their income, the family will be responsible for some portion of that increase.
What happens if I miss the deadline?
Failure to adhere to the February 25, 2016 deadline for new families or April 15, 2016 deadline for returning families may jeopardize your child’s financial aid award. Rocky Hill’s financial aid budget is finite, and therefore it is vital that you complete all portions of the financial aid application before your deadline. Rocky Hill cannot guarantee any financial aid award to a family that does not meet their deadline, including returning families.
What if I am filing for a tax extension?
If you are filing for a federal income tax extension, you must alert the Admission Office and provide the 4868 extension form and your 2014 1040 and W-2s before your deadline. We will make an award contingent upon receipt of your 2015 tax returns in October. It is possible that your award could be altered at this time.
Does financial aid cover other school expenses?
No, financial aid awards cover the cost of tuition only. While families receiving financial aid are offered a discount on Rocky Hill School transportation and Extended Day services for Preschool through Grade 5, there are additional costs throughout the year that the family will be expected to incur. These expenses may include: the price of an iPad or laptop, school books and materials, and/or the required lunch plan.
Can my family apply for financial aid in addition to my child’s Merit Scholarship?
Yes, students who are awarded a Merit Scholarship may also receive need-based financial aid to make up the difference if the Merit Scholarship does not cover the family’s demonstrated need.
Is it possible to appeal a financial aid award?
Yes, if you feel that pertinent and factual information about your resources or financial picture may have been overlooked or misunderstood by the Financial Aid Committee, you may file a formal written appeal stating the specific reasons you feel your award was inadequate.
As a returning family, can I apply for financial aid if I have not received it in the past?
Families who did not receive financial aid in their first year at Rocky Hill should not expect to receive aid in future years, unless there is a change in that family’s financial situation. If you are a returning family and you would like to apply for financial aid for the first time, please contact the Admission Office immediately and plan to adhere to the new family deadline of February 25, 2016.
Who should I talk to if I have any other questions?
For any questions regarding the SSS website, completing the PFS, or uploading documents, please contact SSS directly through their customer support hotline 1-800-344-8328. For any other questions about financial assistance at Rocky Hill, please feel free to call the Director of Financial Aid, Catherine Washburn, at 401-884-9070 ext. 104 or the Admission Assistant, Sarah Taylor, ext. 107.
Rocky Hill School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, handicap, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, employment, education policies or other school programs.