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Financial Aid FAQ

Admissions Contact Info

Toll Free: 800-538-5368
Phone: 860-927-6111
Fax: 860-927-6109

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Mailing Address:

Kent School
1 Macedonia Road
P.O. Box 2006
Kent, CT 06757

1. How is eligibility for aid determined?

Kent's Financial Aid Committee starts with a standardized calculation derived by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). This calculation is based on information provided by the family on the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) and in the case of international students, the Kent School International Student Financial Aid Application Profile. This system considers gross taxable income, assets, liabilities, family size and number of students enrolled in tuition-charging schools. After an allowance for basic necessities and taxes, the remaining funds are considered discretionary income, potentially available for education.

From there, Kent's Financial Aid Committee looks at additional information which comes from tax returns and the Business/Farm Statement for those who are self-employed. As a result, sometimes Kent's calculated parent contribution differs from that of the SSS. Kent does not allow depreciation or most losses on second homes and investment properties and hobby businesses. Kent will also consider the potential for income to be earned by an able, non-working parent who does not have small children at home.

In cases of divorce, separation, or parents who were never married, both natural parents are required to submit a complete and separate application. If either parent declines to submit the required information, no further consideration for aid will be given. If it is impossible for either parent to complete an application, please contact the Financial Aid Office for further instructions. If either parent has remarried, the application should include the step-parent’s financial information. Kent will consider the finances of a step-parent, bearing in mind the step-parent's obligation to his or her natural children.

Local families will be considered for aid to help meet expenses for their child enrolled as a day student only. If local families decide that their child will apply to be a boarding student, they will not be considered for financial aid.

Additionally, if a family has children in other tuition-charging schools, they are expected to apply to those institutions for aid as well. Kent reserves the right to verify enrollment/cost/aid for the sibling(s) enrolled at other institutions.

Finally, participation in the equestrian program at Kent carries with it a significant extra expense ($3900 per trimester currently). In determining eligibility for aid, we do not include this extra cost in our financial aid expense budget and therefore do not assign financial aid funds to cover it.

2. What if our finances change in future years?

If there is continuing need, families are required to apply for aid each year their child is enrolled at Kent. Awards may be adjusted if the family’s financial circumstances change.

3. If we do not apply/qualify for aid this year, can we apply again next year?

Families whose children begin their career at Kent without financial aid will not be given consideration in subsequent years, barring unforeseen circumstances.