• Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Financial Aid

Education is an investment that lasts a lifetime

The Bush School is committed to making an independent school education accessible to students, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Each year Bush provides nearly $3 million in need-based financial assistance to approximately 19 percent of the student body. Additionally, grants are made to cover the costs of additional expenses (such as textbooks or field trips) at the same percentage at which tuition is covered. Awards range from $250 up to 98% of total tuition costs.

Financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need — defined as the difference between a student’s educational expenses and the family’s resources. There are no academic or athletic scholarships. Financial aid awards do not require families to pay back any amount.

Financial Aid Materials Deadline

Current Bush Families
December 5, 2016

New Applicant Families
February 9, 2017

Please note that your application for admission is due January 12, 2017.

Tuition for 2016–2017

Kindergarten to Fifth Grade

Sixth to Eighth Grades

Ninth to Twelfth Grades

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.

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:
  • Your PFS online via SSS
  • Your 2015 taxes online via SSS

Financial Aid FAQs

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • How is our family’s financial need determined?

    The School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) processes the information you provide on the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) according to their standard methodology to assess the resources your family has available to contribute towards your student’s educational expenses. The result of this evaluation is printed on a Report of Family Contribution (RFC) and sent to Bush, as well as to any other schools to which you are applying. You can also request to have a copy of this report sent to you. Some factors that SSS 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.
  • Can you consider our application for financial aid if we have not provided all the requested information?

    No. Financial aid to a family may be denied if the application is incomplete. We will attempt to advise you if we have not received certain materials, prior to considering your application, to give you a chance to submit the remaining materials.
  • How much does it cost to apply for financial aid?

    If you complete your Parent Financial Statement (PFS) online, the fee is $35 (no matter how many schools you are applying to) and the turnaround time is almost instantaneous. If you prefer to mail in a hard copy of your PFS, the fee is $42 (made payable to SSS) due to the extra processing time. We highly recommend you complete your PFS online at sss.nais.org. The Bush Admissions and Financial Aid Office has a limited number of fee waivers available for families; please contact our office at (206) 326-7736 for more information.
  • My student has assets. Will this be taken into account when calculating financial aid?

    Yes, the amount of student assets will be considered. The amount will be divided by the number of years the student has left in school and college, and then added to the parental contribution for education. The sum of these amounts equals the suggested family contribution for education.
  • How does Bush determine who receives aid?

    Seventeen percent of Bush students receive financial assistance; at each grade level, we also strive to have approximately 17 percent of our students receiving aid. Financial aid is awarded to students in the following order of priority:
    • Current students already receiving aid, including faculty and staff children
    • Current students who do not receive aid but now qualify for aid
    • Other new students being offered admission to the school
  • Do we have other options if our family’s full need is not met?

    We offer several payment plans that may help make payments easier on your family’s budget. You may also look for other forms of financial assistance that may be available through your place of employment, community organizations, or local foundations.
  • How are my financial status and ability to pay evaluated if I am separated or divorced?

    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 on willingness to pay. Therefore, it is the responsibility of all parents to complete all steps in the application process. Please contact the director of admissions and financial aid at (206) 326-7735 with any questions.
  • Who will see the information included in our financial aid application?

    Only the members of the school’s Financial Aid Committee see this information. We strictly maintain the confidentiality of all financial materials you provide.
  • If our student receives financial aid for one year, will we automatically receive aid each of the following years?

    No, you must reapply for financial aid every year. As long as your family’s financial situation does not change drastically, you should continue to qualify for a similar level of assistance.
  • Does Bush offer a sibling discount?

    Bush does not offer a sibling discount. If enrolling two students in an independent school is a financial burden to your family, we encourage you to apply for financial aid.
  • Other questions related to financial aid?

    Please don’t hesitate to phone the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at (206) 326-7736.