Admission
Affording

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is need-based tuition assistance. Decisions regarding financial aid are made by the Financial Aid Committee on the basis of a family’s demonstrated need and the availability of funds from the school. Such need is defined as the difference between the schools’ tuition and what the family can reasonably contribute.

Applying for financial aid has no effect on a student’s application for admission to Hockaday. Admission decisions are based on the student’s qualifications. An applicant is initially accepted for enrollment and then the family’s application for aid is considered.

Hockaday has partnered with School and Student Services (SSS) by National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a third-party service, to help analyze a family’s need for aid. This service provides schools with information and guidelines for making financial aid awards fairly and equitably. 

How to Apply

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  • Visit www.sssbynais.org to begin

    Go to www.sssbynais.org and click on the website for parents and families to begin your application process.
  • Submit the following items to SSS no later than February 15, 2017 if you are a prospective family or by March 1, 2017 if you are a currently enrolled family.

    • Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). All items on the application must be answered and unusual circumstances explained.
    • Copy of the 2016 signed Income Tax Return (including all related schedules such as Schedule A, C, E, etc.). All families applying for aid for the first time should submit tax returns for the current year and the prior year.
    • Copies of W-2 and/or 1099s.
    • IRS Form 4506T. Signed but NOT dated copy.
    • Monthly Income and Expense Report, signed by both parents.
    • If you are a shareholder in an S Corporation or a partner in a Partnership, we will also need copies of your Schedule K-1 by April 15, 2017.
    • If you are an international student applying for aid you will need to submit the International Student Financial Aid Profile
     

Affording Hockaday Brochures

We encourage you to read our Affording Hockaday Brochure for more information. 

The Hockaday School is an equal opportunity environment. It is our policy not to discriminate, and to comply with all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in the School’s admission and education policies, financial aid programs, athletic programs or other administered activities based on race, color, sexual orientation, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity or other applicable protected classification.

Contact Us

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  • Maryanna Phipps 

    Director of Admission & Enrollment Management
    214.360.6520
  • Cyndi Lewis 

    Associate Director of Admission & Financial Aid, Lower School Coordinator
    214.360.6521

FAQs

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Who is eligible?

    Qualified students who might not otherwise be able to attend are eligible. All financial aid is granted on the basis of demonstrated family need and the school's availability of funds.
  • How am I notified?

    All applicants applying for financial aid are notified in writing of the award decision. All information concerning financial aid is held in the strictest confidence by The Hockaday School.
  • How is financial aid calculated?

    The Awards Committee takes into consideration the needs analysis for each family as provided by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) in Princeton, New Jersey, the resources of the family and its individual circumstances, as well as the availability of tuition assistance funds when making the final determination of tuition assistance awards. Criteria on which the SSS determines a family's need for assistance are: 
    • family's income
    • family's assets
    • family's liabilities
    • unusual expenses
    • family size
    • retirement needs
    • number of children attending tuition-charging schools
  • What if the student's parents are divorced or separated?

    When making financial aid decisions, the Awards Committee takes into consideration the financial resources of both parents, regardless of their marital status. Since Hockaday is not bound by court orders as to financial responsibility for a student's education, both parents are required to submit all required financial documentation, including annual tax returns.
  • How long is tuition assistance available?

    Awards are made for one year at a time.

    Awards are renewable each year that a family qualifies for aid.

    While there is no distinction among students, Hockaday does require its tuition assistance recipients to maintain high academic and citizenship standards.
  • How much does the financial aid application cost?

    SSS charges $48 for a financial aid application that can then be sent to multiple schools to which you apply. They waive the application fee for families below a certain income level.
  • If I do not receive financial aid in my first year at Hockaday can I receive it in the future?

    If you do not receive financial aid with your initial application, you should not expect to receive it in future years unless your family financial circumstances change.
  • What if I haven’t completed my tax return by the application deadline?

    We understand that our deadline is earlier than the IRS deadline. In order for us to make a complete analysis of the applications of all of the families applying for aid, our deadline is necessary. We ask that you comply if you wish to be considered for a financial grant. Please be in communication with us if there are extenuating circumstances and understand that we may not be able to accommodate your timetable.
  • What if my 2016 income does not reflect my current situation?

    We understand that situations may change due to job loss or illness or other life events. Please explain your situation on your application and expect to schedule a meeting to help us understand your current circumstances.
  • Does Hockaday give scholarships?

    All funds are distributed in the form of financial aid. This year, over 16% of the student body received over $3 million in financial assistance; however, none of this is in the form of merit scholarships. We encourage families to apply if an education at Hockaday would not otherwise be affordable for their daughters.
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