Need-Based Financial Aid
Financial aid is entirely need-based: awards are made solely on the basis of a family’s ability to pay. Award decisions are based on a family’s calculated financial need and the School’s ability to support a percentage of that need. Admission decisions are independent of decisions about financial aid awards. Financial aid will be distributed as equitably as possible among those who qualify, based on the number of applicants, the total amount of financial aid funds available, the recommendations of the School and Student Services (SSS), and the family’s tax return.
Financial aid is a private agreement between Rocky Hill School and a family. As Rocky Hill School does not share information about individual awards, we expect that families receiving aid will do the same. Failure to adhere to this confidentiality may jeopardize a family’s future financial aid award.
How to Apply:
- To begin the financial aid application process, you must create a profile on the SSS Website
- Once you have created a profile, you must then complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS).
- In addition to completing the PFS, it is required that you submit a copy of your 2018 income tax return (1040) and W-2s directly to SSS.
Rocky Hill’s SSS code number is 6118. If you have any difficulties completing the necessary questionnaires or uploading any documents, SSS provides a helpful hotline with service in both English and Spanish 800-344-8328. The deadline for both new and returning families to complete this form is February 15, 2019.
Click here to view a presentation from Kristen Power, SSS National Director, on independent school financial aid.
Academic Merit Scholarships
Based on academic merit and exemplary character, Rocky Hill’s Academic Merit Scholarship award will be given to a select number of applicants for the 2019-20 school year in grades 4-12 who best display the qualities of a Rocky Hill student, including high academic achievement, outstanding character, and a score of 85% or higher (SSAT percentile) on the Secondary Student Admission Test (SSAT). Students must complete the Rocky Hill School Application for Admission to be considered for a merit scholarship.
How to Apply: A student who scores at or above the 85th percentile on the SSAT is automatically considered for a Merit Scholarship. Once the student has applied for admission and been accepted, the Admission Committee will then make a decision on a Merit Scholarship award.
Performing Arts Merit Scholarships
Based on demonstrated talent and achievement, Rocky Hill’s Performing Arts Merit Scholarship is a $15,000 award given to a select number of applicants for the 2019-2010 school year in grades 9-12 who best display the qualities of a Rocky Hill student and demonstrate excellence in the performing arts. Applicants for the Performing Arts Merit Scholarship must submit their scholarship application materials to the Admissions Department. Performing arts include both musical and theatrical performance.
How to Apply: Applicants hoping to be considered for a Performing Arts Merit Scholarship must submit at least one recommendation from a director, conductor, or instructor and a resume of artistic/performing experience with a letter stating their interest in the scholarship. Videos or highlight reels are welcome but not required. All materials are due by February 1, 2019.
Visual Arts Merit Scholarships
Based on demonstrated talent and achievement, Rocky Hill’s Visual Arts Merit Scholarship is a $15,000 award given to a select number of applicants for the 2019-2020 school year in grades 9-12 who best display the qualities of a Rocky Hill student and demonstrate a high artistic merit. Applicants for the Visual Arts Merit Scholarship must submit must submit their scholarship application materials to the Admissions Department.
How to Apply: Applicants wishing to be considered for a Visual Arts Merit Scholarship must submit at least one recommendation from an instructor or teacher, a portfolio of recent work and a letter stating their interest in being considered for the scholarship. The portfolio may be submitted digitally with photographic documentation of pieces and or videos. The portfolio should represent you and your point of view as an artist and include 5-10 pieces in the media of your choice. Letter of intent and materials are due by February 1, 2019.
Active Military Scholarships
Parents of domestic children in grades K-12 who are serving in active duty in any of the branches of the United States Military and hold a United States passport qualify for a $4,000 scholarship. Students who qualify for this scholarship must complete the admission application to be considered for admission to the School.
How to Apply: The parent who is serving in active duty must submit their 2018 W-2s or current military identification card to Rocky Hill as a record of their service in order to receive the Military Scholarship.
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.