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Variable Tuition

THINK YOU CAN’T AFFORD AN EXCELLENT PRIVATE SCHOOL EDUCATION?

Think again. Hilltop Country Day School proudly offers Variable Tuition. Tuition at Hilltop is not a one-size-fits all. It’s a range. A range that spans from 40-80 percent of the full cost of a Hilltop education. Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates to meet your family’s unique financial position. No family at Hilltop pays the full cost of education.

Variable Tuition applications are considered on a rolling basis for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. 

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VARIABLE TUITION PROCESS CHECKLIST

To apply for Variable Tuition, early preparation of your 2016 taxes will be required.

  • Complete Parents’ Financial Statement via sssbynais.org/parents. SSS (School and Student Services) is a trusted, confidential third-party service used by many independent schools to help evaluate the financial profile of a family and determine a reasonable family tuition contribution. SSS (School and Student Services) will waive the application fee for families who meet their qualifications. If more than one child is applying, only one application per household is required. For two household families, a separate application is required for each household.
  • Supporting tax documentation is required and should be submitted to SSS (School and Student Services) by mail or electronically. Required documentation: a copy of your official signed 1040 federal tax filing for the current year including all schedules filed AND current year W2 document(s).

Hilltop Country Day School does not require an interview in order to make a Variable Tuition award. However, parents may be asked to clarify information in their financial aid application. Information submitted by families in the process of applying for Variable Tuition  is confidential. Only when all required forms are received, will Hilltop Country Day School’s Variable Tuition Committee begin a thorough review of the information provided by the family.

Frequently Asked Questions

Variable Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program similar to those used by many private schools, colleges, and universities. This program allows families to apply for reduced tuition that is right for their families’ financial situation. Thus, this makes a Hilltop Country Day School education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community.

Any family (current or new) of a kindergarten through eighth grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at Hilltop Country Day School, and they think they may qualify for the program. Many factors are considered when determining the tuition amount a family is able to pay, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family. The resources available for the family in a given year must also be considered in light of the Variable Tuition awards available at Hilltop.

An application for Variable Tuition does not affect the re-enrollment or admission process. Regardless of financial need, parents should initiate the re-enrollment or admission process as early as possible. Families may apply for Variable Tuition only after they have sent in their re-enrollment contracts or applied for admission to the school.

It is not possible for a family or the school to estimate the tuition level for which a family qualifies without the completion of a Variable Tuition application. Applications are submitted directly to SSS (School and Student Services), a trusted third-party agency. SSS evaluates the application based on criteria set by the school and makes a recommendation to the school’s Variable Tuition team. We use SSS recommendation as the baseline for our variable tuition determinations, taking into consideration our school’s policies and the resources available for new and returning students.

Families are notified of the tuition level for which they qualify from the school’s financial office.

Unfortunately, the school is not able to provide Variable Tuition to every deserving student. We work within the available resources to make the school accessible to as many students and families as possible.

Typically within 2 weeks of providing all required information to our confidential third party service.

FAQs for Current Parents

No. Only families who feel that they may not be able to pay the exit range of the Variable Tuition should submit an application.

Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.

Yes. Re-enrolling Hilltop students who submit an application prior to the re-enrollment deadline will receive priority consideration.

Yes. For returning students, the re-enrollment process must be completed before the application for Variable Tuition can be considered.

A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to exit range of Variable Tuition to those who are at the entry level of the range. Many factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family.

No. Every family is required to make a financial investment in their child’s education. Our commitment to providing Variable Tuition means that we are sharing in that investment with you. No family will receive Variable Tuition that is less than our published range.

No. The Hilltop Country Day School Board has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students

Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to: Heather Burchfield, Director of Admissions and Marketing hburchfield@hilltopcds.org 973.729.5485 ext. 105.

FAQs for Prospective Parents

No. Only families who feel that they may not be able to pay the exit range of the Variable Tuition should submit an application.

Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.

Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.

Yes. For new students, application to Hilltop Country Day School and application for Variable Tuition are two separate processes. However, new families may complete both application processes simultaneously.

No. Admission applications and Variable Tuition applications are evaluated separately, and an application for Variable Tuition has no bearing on the admission process. Hilltop practices need-blind admissions.

Yes. All applicants applying on a rolling basis are still able to apply for Variable Tuition, however please note there may be limited availability of Variable Tuition. The application process is the same, however please be sure to select the current school year when applying through SSS (School and Student Services).

A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to exit range of Variable Tuition to those who are at the entry level of the range. Many factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family.

No. Every family is required to make a financial investment in their child’s education. Our commitment to providing Variable Tuition means that we are sharing in that investment with you. No family will receive Variable Tuition that is less than our published range.

No. Unfortunately, the school does not have the ability to offer Variable Tuition to every student who qualifies for both admission and Variable Tuition. A student may be admitted to the school but placed on a waiting list for Variable Tuition. It is recommended that families apply for Variable Tuition as early as possible.

No. The Hilltop Country Day School Board has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students.

Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to: Heather Burchfield, Director of Admissions and Marketing hburchfield@hilltopcds.org 973.729.5485 ext. 105.