Financing a Hausner Education
A fundamental goal at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School is to provide all families in the community, independent of financial means, the opportunity to send their children to our school.
Hausner continues its strong commitment to socio-economic diversity through its Tuition Assistance program. For the 2017-18 school year, the school distributed $1.3 million to over 30% of families in the community. While parents are expected to contribute toward the tuition cost to the extent they are financially able, the school encourages those who need assistance to apply. The maximum award level is 75% of full tuition per student.
Hausner offers need-based tuition assistance awards that seek to cover the difference between a family’s available resources and the cost of a student’s educational expenses. Currently, the Board of Directors sets aside 13 percent of the expected tuition revenue for tuition assistance. A Tuition Assistance Committee designated by the Board of Directors distributes the funds based on applications received by the established deadlines. The majority of assistance decisions are made in February for the following school year; however, a reserve fund is also set aside for families who unexpectedly need assistance during the school year. Hausner, like many other independent schools, uses the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) from the School & Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) as a tool to calculate and determine need. Tuition Assistance awards do not need to be repaid, but it is required that recipients reapply for tuition assistance annually. In most cases, a student’s tuition payment will remain at a similar level, adjusting for tuition increases. In rare cases, usually due to a dramatic change in financial circumstances, do award amounts change substantially.
There is no specific income level above which a family no longer qualifies for financial assistance. Several considerations are taken into account in the fully confidential evaluation of requests:
• Income earned from all sources
• Number of children in the family
• Number of children attending Hausner or other private schools
• Specific family circumstances
• The maximum award level is 75% of full tuition per student
Below is information regarding dates and required documentation to complete your Tuition Assistance Application for school year 2019-20.
To apply for tuition assistance, please submit the documents listed below
By January 22, 2019: To School and Student Services (SSS)
• Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online at nais.org/parents. Click on the “Apply Now” button to set up a PFS online account using your e-mail address and a password.
• If you are a returning parent who completed an online PFS application last year, use your e-mail address and existing password.
• Submit and pay the required, nonrefundable fee
• Make a copy of your submitted PFS form
By January 22, 2019: Directly to Hausner (hard copy or by email to email@example.com)
• Completed Hausner Tuition Assistance Request Form
• A copy of your submitted PFS form
• 2018 W-2 or 1099 forms, for both parents, if working
• December 31, 2018 and January 15, 2019 pay-stubs for both parents, if working
By April 16, 2019: Directly to Hausner (hard copy or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Your filed 2018 Federal 1040 IRS tax return
Award Notifications will be sent:
• To re-enrolling Hausner families on February 15, 2019
• To new families on March 22, 2019 along with the admission decisions via email
More information, required forms, and the link to SSS by NAIS are posted on the right side of this page.
Tuition Assistance Coordinator
Hausner’s Tuition Assistance Office is available to help. Contact Judy Schiffer at email@example.com or (650) 494-4403.
Who Receives Tuition Assistance at Hausner?
A fundamental goal at Hausner is to provide families in the community with the opportunity to send their children to our school. At the heart of our effort to do the best we can to keep costs within reach, Hausner’s tuition assistance committee considers many factors when making award decisions, including the cost of living in our area.
The following case studies serve to give a sense of different households which could receive awards and underscore the point that families of varying financial means qualify for tuition assistance at Hausner. The numbers below are based on 2017-18 tuition: K-5 $28,300; and 6-8 $30,900 per year.