Admission

Financial Aid

Viewpoint School maintains a strong commitment to broadening socioeconomic diversity by offering financial assistance and payment plans to provide access for its students, including recipients of Financial Aid, to all required programs and activities of the School.

Almost 20 percent of the student body receives financial aid from a budget of more than $5,000,000.
 
The Financial Aid application deadline for new and continuing students for the 2020-21 school year is January 15, 2020. You can access the online financial aid application by clicking on the SSS Parent Financial Statement link to the left or by visiting the SSS website here.

Financial Aid is awarded based solely upon demonstrated financial need, and is awarded without regard to sex, race, religion, or national or ethnic origin.  However, because Financial Aid at Viewpoint is a limited resource, the awarding process favors qualifying families with students who are enrolled in the higher grade levels, rather than the lower grades. The Financial Aid Committee considers a family's cash flow, assets, number of dependents, provisions for retirement, and extraordinary expenses in assessing its ability to pay for educational expenses. The Committee does not award athletic or academic scholarships.  Additionally, Financial Aid is not available for international students.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

List of 4 items.

  • Step One: Access the Parent Financial Statement (PFS)

    Click on the SSS/PFS logo to the left to access the Parent Financial Statement. You can also go to sssbynais.org/parents.
  • Step Two: Create a PFS Account

    Create your PFS Online account with your email address and a password. If you applied for financial aid last year, simply login to the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year.
  • Step Three: Complete and Submit the PFS

    Begin a PFS for Academic Year 2019‐20. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time, then return later to complete it. After you have pressed submit, you’ll be brought to a payment screen. The fee of $49 is nonrefundable. Fee waivers are automatically issued to families who meet SSS income requirements. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system.
  • Step Four: Upload Completed Documents

    If you applied for financial aid for the 2018‐19 school year, you must submit your last two paystubs from 2018 by January 15, 2019. If you are self‐employed you must submit your end‐of‐quarter (December 2018) financials by January 15, 2019.

    If you are a first‐time financial aid applicant to Viewpoint School, you must submit your 2016 federal tax returns with all attached schedules including W2s, 1099’s, etc. plus your last two paystubs from 2018 by January 15, 2019.  If you are self‐ employed, you must submit your end‐of‐quarter (December 2018) financials by January 15, 2019 in addition to your 2017 federal tax returns.

    2018 federal tax returns must be submitted by May 1, 2019.  Please let us know as soon as possible if you plan to file for an extension.

    Documents can be uploaded directly to SSS (see below), or mailed. 
     
    Mail them to School and Student Services,
    PO Box 449
    Randolph, MA
    02368‐0449
     
    For overnight service, use:
    School and Student Services
    437 Turnpike Street
    Canton, MA 02021

Financial Aid FAQs

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  • Is admission need-blind? Should I wait to apply for Financial Aid until I hear about admission?

    All applicants for admission are evaluated without regard to a request for Financial Aid. However, because we often admit more students who require aid than we are able to fund, admitted students do not always receive aid even if they do qualify. It is possible to be accepted for admission, but wait listed for Financial Aid.
     
    A common misconception among first-time applicant families is that they should wait to hear about their child’s admission status before applying for Financial Aid. 

    Under no circumstances is it recommended that you do this, because any available Financial Aid dollars have typically already been allocated by that point to others who met the application deadline

    You should be prepared to meet the January 15 financial aid application deadline in order for your child to be considered for both admission and financial aid.
  • How difficult is it to obtain Financial Aid depending upon the grade level of my child?

    Because Financial Aid is a scarce resource, with more applicants than funding available, we do not distribute the awarding of Financial Aid dollars evenly throughout the grades.

    Viewpoint's Board of Trustees has mandated that students who are closest to their high school graduation have the highest priority to be awarded Financial Aid.  This means that we favor Upper School students first in the awarding of assistance, followed by students in the Middle grades.
     
    Although there may sometimes be exceptions, as a general rule, Financial Aid for families with children in Viewpoint’s Primary and Lower Schools, regardless of need, is very difficult to obtain. This is true for both currently enrolled families as well as those applying for admission. 
     
    Families of younger students who may require Financial Aid should take this into consideration, and should not count on receiving an award of Financial Aid even if they qualify for one.
  • Does applying for financial aid reduce chances of admission?

    The Financial Aid Committee considers candidates the Admission Committee rates highly. While there is a sizeable aid budget, financial aid resources are finite, and we are unable to offer financial aid to all who apply.
  • What expenses are covered by Financial Aid at Viewpoint?

    Financial aid applies to tuition and all required school programs. Families receiving financial aid at Viewpoint who also ride the bus may receive a discount in cost equivalent to the percent discount of their financial aid award, assuming that there is space on the bus.
  • Does Viewpoint offer merit or athletic scholarships?

    Viewpoint does not offer any merit, athletic, or talent scholarships. All Financial Aid awards at Viewpoint are based on demonstrated economic need that is determined using a national, standardized formula that employs an impartial third-party analysis of a family’s financial situation. The primary responsibility for financing a child’s education rests upon the family.
  • Will I automatically receive an award if I complete the financial aid application?

    Viewpoint maintains that the primary responsibility for financing a child’s education rests upon the family. After a family assesses all of its resources, the School encourages them to apply for Financial Aid to make up any difference between the cost of education and the family’s contribution.

    A family must first qualify for assistance via the national, standardized formula that employs an impartial third-party analysis of an individual family’s financial situation. Individual families whose financial circumstances qualify them for Financial Aid receive different amounts of assistance, depending upon each family's level of need and how much they are able to contribute of their own resources. Financial Aid is also awarded only one year at a time, and must be reapplied for annually.

    The Financial Aid Committee will do all it can to assist families who demonstrate that they have a financial need, but the funds are limited, and we are unable to assist all who make requests.

    The fact of a family qualifying for need-based Financial Aid does not automatically translate to an award. There are far more individuals who request aid every year than there are dollars available. The School makes every effort to assist as many families as it can. However, depending upon the timing of the application and the grade level of the student, families who qualify for need-based Financial Aid may be placed on a Financial Aid wait list if overall demand for aid is too great.
  • Where do I find the Financial Aid application?

    Click on the PFS (Parent Financial Statement) on the left side of this page.
  • When is the deadline to apply?

    The annual deadline to apply for Financial Aid for the next academic year is January 15.  Late applications are considered if there are still funds available, after on-time applications have been reviewed.
  • Do I need to reapply for Financial Aid each year?

    Yes. Each year we will ask you to file a new PFS and submit your tax declarations and W-2 and/or 1099. The school will continue to award a level of aid commensurate with your level of demonstrated need.
  • We are able to cover the first year's tuition on our own. After that, we would need financial aid. Can we submit a financial aid applicaton after our child is enrolled?

    Viewpoint maintains a small emergency fund for continuing families who entered as full-pay students, but then later, after enrollment, encountered dramatic, unforeseeable financial reversals.  We are certainly happy to help where we can.  However, we strongly discourage the approach of applying as a full-pay student if a family knows that they have pre-existing financial needs not disclosed at time of admission.  This is a risky proposition that should be avoided because there is no guarantee that the school can provide assistance, meaning that the student may have to withdraw.  When a family submits an application for admission without corresponding financial aid application, they are, in effect, stating that they’re able to cover educational costs for the upcoming year and foreseeable future.  Therefore, Viewpoint budgets accordingly and reserves our limited financial aid dollars for families with greater need.
  • What are Viewpoint's expectations regarding parents who are divorced, separated, or never married?

    Viewpoint considers the assets of both parents in reviewing students for a financial aid award. Custodial and non-custodial parents are responsible for educational expenses and therefore both must participate in the financial aid process by submitting the financial aid application form and tax information. Until both parents complete the process, the Financial Aid Committee cannot review the financial aid application.

    If either parent has remarried or is living with another adult who is contributing to the household income, the school will consider the assets of the step-parent or partner, always bearing in mind that the primary responsibility for payment rests with the natural parents.
     
  • What are Viewpoint's expectations regarding a non-working parent?

    Viewpoint expects both parents to contribute financially to their child’s education. If a parent is not receiving a salary, the school will make a financial adjustment to the application to account for the income the parent might receive if she or he chose to work.

    Since each application is reviewed individually, there may be exceptions to this policy, such as caring for a child not yet of school age, or another individual who cannot care for her/himself, or a parent who is not able to work. Under such circumstances, we ask that you explain in writing why the parent is not employed when you submit your initial application.
     
  • Whom can I contact for more information?

    If we can assist you with anything else not covered here, please feel free to contact us at any time:

    Patrick LaBo, Admission & Financial Aid Coordinator (patrick.labo@viewpoint.org; 818-591-6560)

    Marcela Ruiz, Assistant Director of Financial Aid (mruiz@viewpoint.org; 818-591-6572)

    Laurel Baker Tew, Assistant Head for Enrollment (lbtew@viewpoint.org; 818-591-6580).
     
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