Financial Assistance Information
Central to Urban School's mission is a commitment to socio-economic diversity among our students. Urban offers financial assistance based on both a family's need and the availability of funds. Financial aid decisions are made independently from admissions decisions, so families should not hesitate to complete the application process if you believe that you may qualify for tuition assistance.
Please see the Financial Aid Checklist for details on how to apply and the Financial Aid FAQ for answers to your questions in the tabs below. You may also download and review the Financial Assistance Fact Sheet and watch the video below.
We understand that applying for financial aid may be confusing and overwhelming. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the Urban Admissions Office by calling 415 593 9555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the steps below to understand how to apply for financial assistance. Please note that all supporting documents must be uploaded to the SSS website. We are unable to add paper or emailed copies of financial assistance application elements to a student's file.
Here are two documents that will assist you in applying for assistance via SSS:
If you do not have consistent internet access or need guidance with any of the steps below, please contact the Urban Admissions Office by calling 415 593 9555 or email email@example.com.
- Step 1: Complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) Online with SSS by 1/7/21
- Step 2: Submit 2019 Federal Tax Form 1040, Supporting Schedules and W-2s OR 1099 to SSS by 1/7/21
- Step 3: Submit 2020 Federal Tax Form 1040, Supporting Schedules and W-2s OR 1099 to SSS by 2/4/21
- Step 4: Optional - Upload a Letter of Family Circumstances by 2/4/21
Urban School subscribes to School and Student Services by NAIS (referred to as SSS by NAIS). After families submit detailed financial information online, SSS analyzes the data and recommends to the school an amount that each family can expect to pay for educational expenses. All families must complete a Parents Financial Statement (PFS) online. In the case of separated or divorced parents, both parents must complete the full PFS.
Begin the financial aid process at SSS by NAIS here.
By Thursday, January 7, 2021, new applicants to Urban School must submit 2019 Federal Tax Form 1040, all supporting schedules, and W-2s OR 1099 (whichever is applicable) to SSS by uploading or mailing the documents to SSS. If you receive a W2 instead of a 1099, please click the "NA" button for 1099. Please do NOT include state taxes or worksheets.
In the case of separated or divorced parents, both households must submit federal tax forms and W-2s or 1099.
To submit documents to SSS you may:
Upload documents directly to SSS, following the instructions on the SUBMITTING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section on the SSS website. Note: Files should not be larger than 4 MB.
Mail a hard copy directly to SSS:
SSS by NAIS
Application Processing Center
PO Box 449
Randolph, MA 02368-0449
If you prefer overnight delivery*:
SSS By NAIS
Application Processing Center
437 Turnpike Street
Canton, MA 02021
*If sending documents via mail or overnight delivery, be sure to print out and include the SSS REQUIRED DOCUMENTS COVER SHEET located on the SSS website.
By Thursday, February 4, 2021, submit 2020 Federal Tax Form 1040, all supporting schedules, and W-2s OR 1099 (whichever is applicable) to SSS by uploading or mailing the documents to SSS (see step 3). If you receive a W2 instead of a 1099, please click the "NA" button for 1099. Please do not include state taxes or worksheets.
In the case of separated or divorced parents, both households must submit federal tax forms and W-2s.
Who should apply for financial aid?
Parents/guardians who have thoroughly pursued all other financial avenues (for example, help from extended family, reasonable equity loan, etc.) in planning for educational costs and who can document their need for further assistance may apply for financial aid.
Who is awarded financial aid?
During the 2020-21 school year, 30% of Urban’s student body will receive $4.5 million in financial aid. Financial aid awards are based solely on a family’s proven need, which can range from small awards to more major grants.
How is a family’s need determined?
Urban School subscribes to School and Student Services by NAIS (referred to as SSS by NAIS). After families submit detailed financial information, SSS analyzes the data and recommends to the school an amount that each family can expect to pay for educational expenses. Urban’s Financial Aid Committee uses this figure as the starting point for its financial award calculations. For applicants with divorced or separated parents, the assets and income of both households will be considered before any award is made.
Will applying for financial aid reduce my chances of getting accepted?
A student’s acceptance to Urban School by the Admissions Committee is independent from the Financial Aid Committee’s decision to award aid to a family. Once admitted, candidates for financial aid are referred to the Financial Aid Committee to determine the aid award.
What if parents are divorced or separated?
Families with divorced or separated parents must have both parents complete the PFS and the financial aid application process. The income and assets of both parents, as well as step-parents, will be considered before any award is made.
When will decisions about financial aid be made?
Notice of financial aid decisions will accompany letters of acceptance to Urban School.
Does my family need to reapply for financial aid each year?
Urban families reapply for financial assistance each year through SSS so that any major changes to a family's financial situation can be reflected in the student's award, though most students receive a similar award each year if the need remains the same. Current families use the same process that prospective families complete, listed on the Financial Assistance Information Checklist. Awards are calculated based on two years of tax returns, the updated Parent Financial Statement and special circumstances. Some factors that may change a student's award include change of job status, and the number of children in a family attending tuition-charging schools.
What if my income changes during the school year and I am having difficulty paying tuition?
Urban has a limited pool of funds available to support families with changing economic circumstances. If you find yourself facing an economic hardship, contact Diane Walters at 415 593 9535 or via email to discuss your new financial situation and to determine the next steps for updating your SSS profile, writing a statement of need, and preparing additional information as needed for the Financial Aid Committee. To the extent possible, Urban is committed to supporting our families through difficult periods.
If our family takes money out of savings to afford Urban for our student’s Freshman year, can we hope to get financial aid Sophomore year?
Since Urban School allocates an equal amount of financial aid for each enrolling class, it is highly unlikely that a family who did not receive financial aid upon entering the school will receive aid in successive years.
What expenses are covered by financial aid?
A family that receives financial aid can expect some additional costs beyond the family’s tuition contribution. Financial aid is applied to the cost of the student’s tuition, books and laptop. Some financial aid is available for extracurricular needs and trips as well.