Brearley seeks to enroll and retain girls of adventurous intellect who reflect the socioeconomic diversity of New York City. The School's financial assistance program, funded by its endowment and its generous donors, provides substantial support to approximately twenty percent of the student body. Financial assistance grants range from partial to almost full tuition. In 2017-2018, the School will distribute $5.7 million in aid.
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Families who request financial assistance are asked to complete a Parents Financial Statement (PFS) and send it to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid
(SSS). An affiliate of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), SSS is a nationwide service that assists independent schools in processing requests for financial assistance. It provides analyses to enable schools to make consistent decisions, although the ultimate assessment of need rests with each school. Parents are also asked to submit federal tax returns with all schedules and, if they are business owners, the Business section and business tax return. All financial information and all financial assistance decisions are confidential.
The purpose of need based financial assistance is to provide access to Brearley for students who otherwise would not be able to attend. It is Brearley’s belief that the primary responsibility for tuition rests with the family and each family is expected to look to its own resources before requesting aid; for some families this may mean redirecting income from other discretionary activities toward tuition. Brearley makes every effort to recognize the distinctiveness of each situation and, when there is demonstrated need, to tailor grants to meet the full need of each qualified family.