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FAQs

Selecting the right school can be an arduous process for any family.

We understand, and to help we've compiled a set of thought-provoking questions below that will help you determine whether you (or your son or daughter) is the type of student who can excel at Brooks, as well as other commonly-asked questions about the school and our financial aid process.

If you don't find answers to your questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Admission Process
Q. Where do Brooks students come from?
A. Brooks students come from across the country and around the world. Brooks is a place that embraces and values all types of diversity. We actively seek students from different places that can bring a unique perspective to our community.

Q. What are the requirements for international applicants?
A. In order to make sure your application is complete before the January 15 deadline, we recommend you plan ahead to meet all of the application requirements. International applicants who do not speak English as their first language must take a TOEFL before January 1. Our TOEFL code is 4442. The SSAT test must also be completed by January 8. Our SSAT code is 1882. An on campus interview should be conducted before February 1. If you cannot make it to campus to interview, which we prefer, in some cases we will schedule phone interviews, once all other requirements have been met. Students applying from mainland China can find additional information HERE.

Q. Do you accept incoming seniors or PGs?
A. The highest grade that Brooks welcomes incoming students is into the junior year, known here as the fifth form. Current juniors may want to consider a repeat year if they are interested in attending Brooks.

Q. What are you looking for in an applicant?
A. We are looking for strong academic candidates who will be motivated, willing to work with adults and will contribute to our community in their own different ways.

Q. How do I begin the admission process?
A. You can begin the process by filling out our online inquiry form available here. To schedule your interview, contact our office directly at 978-725-6271 or 978-725-6272. Either Peggy or Rodney will be glad to help you set up your visit to Brooks.

Q. Does Brooks accept the Common Application?
A. We do accept the Common Application.

Q. Can I apply online?
A. Yes! Simply click HERE to apply online.

Q. Can I track my application online?
A. Instructions will be given shortly regarding access to information about your application.
Financial Aid
Q. Should I apply for financial aid?
A. If you do not believe that you can afford to pay the cost of a Brooks education, the answer is yes. If you do not qualify, we may call and ask if you want your son or daughter to be considered for admission without aid.

Q. How does the application process work?
A. Those interested in applying for financial aid should notify the Admission Office by checking the appropriate box on the application. Applications for financial aid students should be submitted as early as possible and no later than January 15. For both new and returning families, the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) must be completed online at www.sss.nais.org/parents or returned by mail to:

SSS by NAIS
Processing Center
PO Box 449
Randolph, MA 02368-0449

Decisions on financial aid awards accompany acceptances and enrollment contracts.

Q. Will I qualify for aid?
A. Based on your PFS, the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) determines how much you should be able to contribute toward your child's education. SSS bases that figure primarily on your income and assets. Other factors, including family size, may also be considered. Roughly, assuming that both parents are working and have one child in private school, families making less than $100,000 are likely to qualify, families making between $100,000 and $200,000 may qualify, and families making over $200,000 are unlikely to qualify.

Q. Does Brooks give academic or athletic Scholarships?
A. No. All financial aid at Brooks is need-based. The policy of schools in the Independent School League, of which Brooks is a member, prohibits merit scholarships.

Q. What happens if parents are divorced or separated?
A. Both parents are expected to contribute to their child's education. Financial aid is based on ability to pay, not willingness to pay. Therefore, both parents must participate in the financial aid process. Both must submit a PFS to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid and send copies of their tax forms to the Admission Office. If there are extenuating circumstances that warrant waiving this requirement, a written request should be sent to the Director of Financial Aid.

Q. What expectations does Brooks have regarding my family contribution?
A. Sending your child to Brooks is a choice. While we do not want parents to experience economic hardship as a result of their child's enrollment, we do expect sacrifices to be made in order to maximize a contribution. For example, we assume that both able-bodied parents will work, unless they have a child at home not yet school age. Otherwise, Brooks may impute income on the PFS.

Q. How many students receive financial aid at Brooks?
A. Approximately 23 percent of students receive financial aid.

Q. What are our priorities? Who gets financial aid at Brooks?
A. Brooks assigns awards based on demonstrated financial need as determined by SSS. Once we determine that need exists, we look for students who will add to our community in significant ways. Families of returning students who were not previously on aid may apply if their financial situation changes significantly. Those families should contact the director of admission as soon as possible. We prioritize our financial aid grants in the following order: returning students on aid, new students, returning students not previously on aid. We will try to help Brooks families in need, but cannot make guarantees.

Q. What are the expectations of students awarded financial aid?
A. There are no specific requirements for students on financial aid. However, all students are expected to work hard, make substantial contributions to the school, and benefit from our academic program.

Q. If I accept the award, what will my future awards look like?
A. You must apply annually for financial aid by January 15. All things being equal, the award will be comparable each year. The award is likely to be adjusted if your income changes significantly. You can expect that the cost of attending Brooks will go up every year. Depending on your income, you will be responsible for some portion of that increase.

Q. Can I appeal the size of my award?
A. Yes. Write a letter to the Director of Financial Aid explaining your situation in as much detail as possible. We are willing to consider requests for adjustments; however, we do have limited funds and want to be fair to all of our qualified applicants.

Q. Does Brooks offer payment plans?
A. Yes, Brooks does offer payment plans. Please contact the Business Office for information regarding payment plans.