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Need-based financial assistance for 2014-15

The following process ensures that Catlin Gabel’s financial aid committee tracks, reviews, and awards grants equitably and efficiently. The committee will consider only those applications that are complete and filed on time. We urge you to fully disclose your financial situation to avoid delay in reviewing your application. Families with complicated or unusual financial situations may be asked to provide supplemental information or to meet with an financial aid committee member.

Step 1 (required)Complete the School and Student Services (SSS) Parent Financial Statement (PFS) online.

Deadline: February 7, 2014
  • Applications begin on November 1, 2013, for the 2014-15 enrollment year. Available ONLINE ONLY.
  • You will need Catlin Gabel's school code: 2230.
  • Complete only one PFS per household even if you have several children applying for financial aid.
  • You will be given a password that will allow you to return to your PFS at a later date prior to submitting it.
  • If you are a returning family or have applied previously, some of your information will automatically populate.
  • Be sure to explain all circled items in the PFS.
  • The cost of the PFS is $41.
  • Your information is secure and confidential.
  • Please note: For two-household families, both parents are required to complete a PFS even if only one parent contributes to tuition.

Step 2:  (If you are self-employed or own a farm): Complete and upload the Business or Farm Statement to SSS.

Deadline: February 7, 2014, with your PFS

Step 3 (optional): Personal Statement

Deadline:  February 7, 2014, with your PFS

Submit a brief personal statement in the comments section of the PFS explaining any special circumstances or information not otherwise reflected in the PFS about why your family is applying for financial aid. You may also choose to submit your personal statement in a letter directly to Sara Nordhoff or Mary Yacob.  

Step 4 (required): Submit completed 2013 tax documents

Deadline: February 28, 2014
Please include W-2 and/or 1099 statements and the 1040 form with all applicable schedules showing income, by one of the following methods.
  • Preferred method: Upload required documents directly to SSS, which enables you to track the status of your application online.  Instructions can be found under "Manage my documents" in the PFS Online Workbook .
  • Drop off in Toad Hall, attn: Mary Yacob, financial aid office.
  • Please note: Electronic signatures via Turbo Tax or other tax software are acceptable.
  • If necessary, you may send your tax documents to SSS by mail:
School and Student Services by NAIS
Application Processing Center
P O Box 449
Randolph MA  02368-0449
Attach an SSS coversheet to all mailed documents
NOTE: For our new families applying, we ask that you also submit your 2012 tax information.

Financial aid decisions:

  • Returning families will receive award letters via email by March 14, 2014
  • Newly admitted families will receive their financial aid desicion with their offer of admisstion by March 7, 2014.

Helpful Links

PFS Online Workbook provides question-by-question help and tips on uploading documents and other online help.

National Association of Independent Schools Family Guide to Financial Aid

Financial aid guiding principles for familes

Financial Assistance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)