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Top Five 2015-2016 Private School Financial Aid Application Questions

Editor’s note: What’s becoming an annual event at this crunch time in the private school school financial aid calendar, we offer some tips directly from the financial aid expert himself, Mark Mitchell, Vice President, School and Student Services (SSS By NAIS). I asked Mark to share insights on the top five questions that SSS is […]

Contribute to Your Boarding School on #GivingTuesday

Today, December 2nd, 2014 is the third annual Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a day of support and philanthropy and provides a great impetus to log-in, call, or put your check in the mail in support of your boarding school. Your school needs more than your money. It needs you.     One School’s Giving Tuesday […]

Can bankruptcy affect a family’s private school financial aid application?

A family sent the me this question; honestly, I hadn’t thought about it.  But, it’s a very real, timely, question as the 2008/2009 financial crisis wanes and families consider boarding and private schools. I suspect the parent that behind this question is not alone among the many who found themselves in difficult financial circumstances during the crunch and, […]

Applying to Boarding School After the Deadline: the Second Admission Season

As the school year concludes, many families come to the decision that it might be best for their student to switch schools. Known as the second admission season, late spring and summer admission works well as time to research and find a good fitting boarding school. The decision to change schools can result from something […]

Largest Gift in Dunn School History Goes Toward African Student Aid

A $2 million gift from Wendy and Barry Roland (grandparents of alumni Kelsey ‘06 and Sara ‘09 Sullivan) to Dunn School confirms the strength and global reach of American boarding schools. The Roland’s gift is the first international student only — in this case African students — that I know of. The gift resulted from […]

What It Was Like to Apply to Boarding School in 1918

A friend passed me a nifty boarding school link — the Catalogue of Philips Academy 1918-1923. It’s a fascinating read for those us in the boarding school community and those interested in boarding schools. It’s striking that 1918 was Already Andover’s 140th year. Contrast that with 1905-1910 spate of Episcopal school foundings. Those schools just […]

Mercersburg Academy Receives Second Largest Independent School Gift

Alumna Deborah Simon ’74 and her foundation have pledged $100 million to Mercersburg Academy as the seed gift for the school’s Daring to Lead capital campaign. In her announcement, Ms. Simon spoke favorably about the Mercersburg Academy experience: “…Mercersburg was, and continues to be, a place where every student can be himself or herself. …Mercersburg […]

Boarding School is More Than Tuition: The Most Useless List of Private Schools

It’s back. Eating my breakfast this morning I noticed that The Huffington Post is running a piece titled “The Nation’s Most Expensive Private High Schools.” This year HP borrowed the list from Business Insider, “The 50 Most Expensive Private High Schools In America.” This is the second year (that I know of) for this attention […]

Save for Private School Tuition with a Coverdell ESA

Editor’s note: This is follow-up to my interview with Woodberry Forest financial aid director and independent tax preparer Mike Szydlowski: Is Private School Tax Deductible? Your Tuition Questions Answered. This post from Mike comes out of his “interest in sharing this type of information with my colleagues who work in financial aid as well as […]

Private School Tuition: Contribute without Triggering Gift Tax Limits

It’s not often that you come across something that triggers one’s “why doesn’t everybody know this?” But, I did ask myself that question after my interview with Mike Szydlowski, Woodberry Forest School, financial aid director and independent tax preparer. Is Private School Tax Deductible? Your Tuition Questions Answered I asked Mike about tax implications of […]

Saving for Private School Tuition: Coverdell ESA’s made permanent

A quick note this morning on the status of Coverdell Education Savings Accounts: Coverdell ESA’s were made permanent in the recent fiscal cliff legislation. With tax time upon us, a Coverdell ESA might be a good fit for private school savings plan. Coverdell ESA’s have a maximum contribution limit of $2000 annually so families won’t […]

A Set of Good Private School Affordability and Financial Aid Resources

Financial aid and affordability dominate discussions whether you’re on the family or school side of the boarding school admission equation.

Means Based Tuition: A different way to think about private school tuition

R. Scott Asen, Groton School alumnus, puts himself on the line regarding high private school tuition in an editorial penned for the New York Times- “Is Private School Not Expensive Enough?”

Another Story of a Boarding School Bound Student Raising Money to Cover Expenses

This is our second recent post about a driven student raising money for the move to boarding school in the fall. Hilton Head Island student Caitlyn Campbell is working to raise money to help meet her out of pocket boarding school expenses for the coming year at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (Rabun Gap, GA). Her story […]

Student Turns to Crowd Sourcing to Pay Boarding School Tuition

“Help Asher Get to Skool” is a crowd sourced video campaign to garner financial support so that Asher can attend the Arthur Morgan School where he feels safe, accepted, and able to learn. He understands school fit.

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