Berkeley Carroll is a creative and inclusive community where devoted teachers challenge and engage talented students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious experiences and backgrounds.
As part of our commitment to this diversity, Berkeley Carroll provides need-based financial assistance, through TADS, a tuition management company, to qualified applicants. New since the 2015-2016 school year: We are pleased to announce that we have expanded our financial aid program to include Pre-K 4, the primary entry point into our Lower School. The change to our financial aid policy underscores our continued dedication to building the most inclusive community possible.
We encourage all interested families with children entering Pre-K 4 through grade 12 to apply for financial aid. Every application for financial assistance is given individual attention and handled with complete confidentiality.
Click on the link to find instructions for Applying for Financial Aid. A list of answers to many frequently asked questions can be found on the right side of this page.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.
Director of Admissions,
Director of Admissions,
Middle & Upper School
- Does Berkeley Carroll offer merit-based scholarships?
- How does Berkeley Carroll assess a family's need?
- Are financial aid awards automatically renewed or will we be required to reapply every year?
- What if there is only one working parent in a two-parent household?
- I already have a full-tuition paying child at Berkeley Carroll but I do not have resources for a younger sibling. What can I do?
- What if I have children at other tuition-charging schools?
- Does a request for financial aid negatively affect my child's admissions application?
The primary tool is the financial aid application, which is processed by TADS (Tuition and Data Services). The application and supporting financial documents provide an objective picture of a family's finances and give the school a consistent measure of all applicants. TADS factors in other reasonable considerations in making its award recommendations. Cost of living, family size, assets, and indebtedness are all taken into consideration. Additionally, other obligations including elderly parent care and the cost of other children in tuition-charging schools will be considered.
Although financial aid is never guaranteed year to year, the school is confident that should a family's financial situation remain consistent, then the school support will remain consistent as well. Families are required to reapply for aid every year and adjustments to aid awards are made based on the current year's financial picture. In planning for future years, it is important to remember that tuition increases every year, and even if the percentage of aid remains consistent for families, it is entirely possible that the expected contribution will increase as well. Please note that students who receive aid must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress and responsible citizenship.
In order to ensure equality in the evaluation process, the school will factor in the loss of potential income in a household in which all children are of school age. TADS will impute an income for the nonworking parent in its evaluation unless there are extenuating circumstances associated with the non-employment of one parent. Families must submit a detailed letter explaining the situation along with their financial aid application materials.