Financial Aid Process 2020-2021
Berman Hebrew Academy is committed to providing an excellent Jewish and secular education to each of its students regardless of their family’s ability to pay tuition. At the same time, the school must maintain a sound financial footing by implementing fair, consistent, and sustainable tuition aid policies. Thus, the Board created an independent Financial Aid Committee charged with determining appropriate financial aid awards while balancing the tension inherent in this process in a manner that is respectful, cooperative, and as transparent as possible.
In this spirit, the Financial Aid Committee is sharing the 2020-2021 academic school year financial aid process, including a summary of factors that affect financial aid award decisions determination, and the schedule of the process.
Financial Aid Timeline
- October 29, 2019: Financial Aid Portal Opens
- January 1, 2020: Financial Aid deadline to submit application
- February 14, 2020: Financial Aid Award notification to families who submitted their application by January 1, 2020
- March 1, 2020: Financial Aid Award Appeals due • March 2, 2020: Deadline to re-enroll for the 2020-21 school year
- March 16, 2020: Financial Aid Award Appeals notification
Understanding Financial Aid Determination
Berman uses an industry standard financial aid tool (known as TADS) to collect financial information from families seeking aid, analyze that information based on objective, automated standards, and provide an aid recommendation. TADS’s recommendations are typically accepted by the school and passed along to aid applicants as the final decision. The TADS system bases its calculations on family income, select expenses, and assets.
KEY FACTORS THAT WILL AFFECT YOUR FINANCIAL AID DECISION
- INCOME: All personal and business income (for both the prior year and current year)
- INCOME: Income will be assigned for a spouse who chooses not to seek paid employment unless a child under 2 or special needs child is cared for full time at home. The assigned income is computed as follows: $15.00 X 20 hours/week X 50 weeks/year which equals $15,000.
- CREDITED EXPENSES: TADS uses an industry standard for basic living expenses, adjusted to reflect regional expense levels.
- CREDITED EXPENSES: TADS calculations take into account K-12 tuitions, along with tuitions for preschoolers attending Berman.
- CREDITED EXPENSES: When both spouses are employed outside the home, actual professional daycare expenses up to $15,000/year for child under 2 years old or child under 5 with special needs will be eligible for entry into the TADS application. Summer day camp actual expense up to $2,000 per child 14 and under is allowed.
- CREDITED EXTRAORDINARY EXPENSES: If you believe you are experiencing extraordinary expenses as defined by Berman policy that should be considered in determining your financial aid, please file an appeal after you have received your TADS based financial aid decision.
- EXPENSES NOT CREDITED: TADS calculations do not consider post-high school education costs including study in Israel. Child care for children over the age of 2 except as noted in item #5 above.
- EXPENSES NOT CREDITED: Personal debt—including credit card debt, student loans, auto loans, and attorneys’ fees—are not considered by TADS. Health insurance and non-extraordinary medical expenses are included within basic living expenses and are not separately considered.
- ASSETS: Assets of all types (with the exception of primary housing) are included in the calculation that determines a family’s ability to pay tuition. Note: TADS calculations exclude an age-appropriate amount of assets to be set aside for retirement.
- DIVORCED PARENTS: Two complete financial aid applications—one per parent—are required for divorced parents seeking financial aid, and a copy of the custody agreement must also be provided. Parents are to include alimony and child support both paid and received.
- APPLICATION PACKAGE: To be considered for financial aid, a 100% complete application package must be submitted to TADS by January 1, 2020. This package includes the fully completed TADS application form, all 2018 Federal tax returns, additional self-employed documentation as requested, and any other unique circumstance documentation required by the Berman Financial Aid Committee. Families that are awarded financial aid will still need to submit their 2019 tax returns to TADS by April 20, 2020.
- Families receiving financial aid must notify the Berman Finance Office if other private schools on the TADS application have provided financial aid or if family income changes in excess of $5000.
Special Instructions for Berman Families
The school uses the TADS financial aid processing service. Because TADS offers a generic financial aid processing model, we are providing specific instructions below so that your TADS submission complies with the school’s financial aid procedures and policies. Please carefully follow the financial aid application process instructions as well as the details provided below so that the processing of your application will not be delayed.
Please print out and refer to these Instructions when filling out the TADS Financial Aid Form. Adhering to these special instructions will ensure that the processing of your application will not be delayed. Unfortunately, TADS is unable to program these instructions directly into the financial aid application.
- Review the 2020-2021 Financial Aid Policy Overview for detailed information about credited and not credited income and expenses. (above)
- Section 3. List all Jobs– If one spouse chooses not to seek paid employment and the family does NOT have a child under 2 or a child with special needs who is cared for full time at home, enter $15,000 as imputed income for that spouse.
- Section 15. Medical Expenses: Medical Debt– ENTER ZERO
- Section 17. Day Care/Elder Care– Enter only actual child care costs up to $15,000 for children under 2 or children under 5 with special needs when both parents work outside the home. Do not enter a number greater than $15,000. Summer day camp actual expense up to $2,000 per child 14 and under is allowed. Do not enter elder care. If you have extraordinary expenses that fall into the elder care category, contact the Berman Finance Office about submitting an appeal.
- Section 18. Charitable Giving– ENTER ZERO
- Section 19. Miscellaneous Debt– ENTER ZERO
- Section 20. Special Circumstances– ENTER ZERO. If you have extraordinary expenses as defined by Berman policy, contact the Berman Finance Office about submitting an appeal.
- Section 21. Contributions to Education: Item 1 “How much can Parents contribute toward tuition of all dependents in this household next year?”– PLEASE ONLY PROVIDE YOUR PROPOSED TUITION CONTRIBUTION TO BERMAN. Do not include in the total tuition contributions to other schools.
- Section 23. Dependents (Questions 7-10) – ENTER ZERO
Tax Return– Your full application must include a copy of your full 2018 Federal tax return by January 1, 2020. Families that are awarded financial aid will still need to submit their 2019 tax returns to TADS by April 20, 2020. Please ignore the TADS instruction requesting only the first page of your 1040 tax return.
Financial Aid Committee Chairperson
Mr. George Wollner is the Chair of the Financial Aid Committee.
We have a complete confidentiality between the Financial Aid Committee, which reviews the application and awards the grants, and the school’s educational administrative team and the Board of Directors.
In order to ensure this privacy, the only school contact for financial aid matters is Linda Kaiser who can be reached at 301.962.9400 ext. 5161 or email@example.com. Linda serves as the Financial Aid Liaison.
If you have any questions about the filing deadline, please email them to Linda Kaiser at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help you through this process.