• Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition assistance makes the best education affordable and accessible to all students

The Bush School is committed to making the best independent school education affordable and accessible to talented students of all backgrounds, regardless of a family’s ability to pay tuition. The Bush School commits over $3 million annually toward a well established need-based financial aid program. 21 percent (135 total students) in Bush Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade receive 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 fits within your family’s budget. The annual income range for financial aid families at Bush is $20,000 to $275,000. The average annual income of financial aid families at Bush is $135,000. Financial aid awards range from $5,000 to $33,395. The average award is $22,252.

So how does financial aid and tuition assistance work at Bush? First is it important to know that financial aid awards are grants that do not need to be repaid. The Bush School financial aid program does not issue loans or money that needs to be paid back. Financial aid awards at Bush are grants or an actual reduction of the cost of tuition.

New and returning families complete a financial aid application annually. 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. New families applying for financial aid complete a financial aid application during the admissions application process. The financial aid decisions are made independently from the admissions decisions.

Education is an investment that will last a lifetime. The question is not how could I afford The Bush School, but how could I not? If the cost of a Bush education feels out of each based on your family's budget, we believe that forty-five minutes of financial aid paperwork is worth the time to explore this possibility. We hope you will take the next step and fill out the application at SSS by NAIS. For additional questions, contact Director of Enrollment Management and Communications Polly Fredlund at polly.fredlund@bush.edu or (206) 326-7735.
 
Learn more: SSS by NAIS Guide

How to apply for Financial Aid

All families who feel that paying for Bush would be a financial stretch are strongly encouraged to apply for aid. A good rule of thumb is: if in doubt, apply. Applications for financial aid are considered separately from a student’s admission application, which means that all admissions decisions are made on a “need-blind” basis. All financial-aid information is kept confidential and is filed separately from student records.

Bush uses recommendations from the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) in determining eligibility for financial assistance. To apply for financial aid, you will need to complete a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) through SSS. You may apply online directly through SSS. Please be sure to list The Bush School as a recipient. For assistance, please call the Admissions and Financial Aid Office at (206) 326-7736.

To complete your financial aid application, please submit the following by February 9, 2017:

Financial Aid FAQs

List of 15 frequently asked questions.

  • What is need-based financial aid? How is a financial aid award determined?

    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 based on a . 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.
  • Is a financial aid award a loan or grant? Does the award have to be repaid?

    The Bush School financial aid awards are grants that do not need to be repaid. The Bush School financial aid program does not issue loans or money that needs to be repaid. This financial aid model is common in colleges and universities. Instead, financial aid awards at Bush are grants or an actual reduction of the cost of tuition that does not have to be repaid.
  • Who is eligible to apply for financial aid? What is the income range of current families receiving financial aid at Bush?

    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 fits within your family’s budget. The annual income range for financial aid families at Bush is $20,000 to $275,000. The average annual income of financial aid families is $135,000. Financial aid awards range from $5,000 to $33,395. We believe that forty-five minutes of financial aid paperwork is worth the time to explore this possibility. We hope you will take the next step and complete the application at SSS by NAIS.
  • Does applying for financial aid hurt my child’s chances of being admitted to The Bush School?

    Financial aid decisions are made independently of admissions decisions. The admissions committee and the financial aid committee manage two separate but parallel processes during the application period. A student’s eligibility for admission is determined first. Following the admissions decision, the financial aid committee allocate financial aid awards to admitted students. In some years, a small percentage of qualified students may be be accepted for admission, but waitlisted for financial aid funds due to the number of financial aid requests that go beyond the resources of the financial aid budget.
  • When will I receive a decision regarding financial aid?

    For new students, financial aid decisions are mailed along with admission decisions (Upper School on Friday, February 23, 2018 and Lower and Middle School on Friday, March 16, 2018). Returning students will receive financial aid awards during the re-enrollment period in late January with the enrollment agreement for the following school year.
  • Do I have to reapply for financial aid each year?

    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 financial aid recipients 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.
  • Is the information including in the financial aid application kept confidential?

    Financial aid applications are only reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee. The information included in financial aid applications as well as decisions is safeguarded and confidential.
  • Does financial aid cover cost of attendance including non-tuition school fees and other expenses?

    Financial aid at Bush covers some but not all of the non-tuition cost of attendance items Non-tuition cost of attendance expenses range from $500 (Lower School) to $1,500 (Middle and Upper School) annually. Specific items are covered at the same percentage as the financial aid award for tuition like textbooks, retreats, field trips, and after school care. The following chart identifies which non-tuition cost of attendance items are covered by financial aid, and which costs are not covered.
  • Can I apply for financial aid after my child is enrolled at The Bush School?

    The Bush School encourages all applicants who are interested in financial aid to apply during the initial admission process. Returning students are eligible to complete a financial aid application; however, awards cannot be guaranteed in subsequent years for current students who are new to financial aid.
  • Is there an appeals process if the financial aid award?

    The Financial Aid Committee works carefully to review financial aid applications and allocate financial aid awards that make the tuition at Bush affordable and accessible to a wide range of families within the resources of the financial aid budget; however, there are instances in which the allocated award does not meet the families expectations. In this case, please send a written appeal to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and provide any additional background and documentation.
  • Are there opportunities for academic or merit-based scholarships?

    No, all financial aid at The Bush School is need-based.
  • Is there a minimum GPA in the Upper School required to maintain a student’s financial aid eligibility?

    No. The Bush School maintains the same standards of academic performance and behavior for recipients of financial aid as it does for non-recipients.
  • If parents are divorced or separated, who fills out the financial aid application?

    The Bush School believes that primary responsibility for paying for a student’s education rests with both 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.
  • What if a non-custodial parent is not willing to complete the financial aid application?

    The Bush School requires the non-custodial parent to complete the financial aid application if he or she has contact with their child. Financial aid is determined by the parents’ ability to pay rather than their willingness. 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.
  • Who should I call if I have questions about the SSS financial aid application?

    Contact SSS Customer Service at 1-800-844-8328 or sss@nais.org. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.

Admissions

Financial Aid Materials Deadline

Current Bush Families
December 4, 2017

New Applicant Families
February 8, 2018

Complete your Parent Financial Statement here.

Please note that your application for admission is due January 11, 2018.

Tuition for 2017–2018

Kindergarten to Fifth Grade
$26,325

Sixth to Eighth Grades
$32,220

Ninth to Twelfth Grades
$33,735

Tuition is set in late January for the following school year by the Board of Trustees.

Additional expenses include: books, lunch account, school trips, and the school yearbook, Tykoe. These range up to $100 in the Lower School, $500 in the Middle School, and $700 in the Upper School.