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Families Believe in the Private School Financial Aid Process

Mark Mitchell, Vice President, School Information Services, SSS by NAIS published an interesting piece last week – More Families Receiving Larger Financial Aid Packages to Afford Private School – highlighting results from studies about how families are feeling, and thinking, about their private school financial aid awards and their financial aid processes. While Mark’s intended […]

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 […]

Why Are You A Walnut Hill School for the Arts Tour Guide?

Why are you a Walnut Hill School for the Arts tour guide? What do you believe in so strongly/what’s so great about Walnut Hill that motivates to share it with prospective students? “I am a tour guide at Walnut Hill because my family and I had lots of questions about this school during the application […]

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 […]

Why Private School Fit Matters: A Parent’s Voice

I talk ad infinitum about private school fit — the notion that choosing a school for your student isn’t about choosing the best school based on reputation or a ranking. I went through the school search and fit process 30 something years ago but I haven’t gone through as a parent…which brings me to these […]

Grand River Academy Rewards Applicant Initiative

It’s a piece of every educator’s dream to have their students own, and initiate, their educations. But, alas, each one of our students is in a different place in terms of growth and responsibility. Our students may not be exactly where we want them in terms of planning, execution, self-control, and self-advocacy, but we’ll get […]

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 […]

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