Below, please find answers to commonly-asked questions about the admission process and financial aid.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.
- Where do Brooks students come from?
- What are the requirements for international applicants?
- Do you accept incoming seniors or PGs?
- What are you looking for in an applicant?
- How do I begin the admission process?
- Does Brooks accept the Common Application?
- Can I apply online?
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. 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 a Skype interview, once all other requirements have been met. Students applying from mainland China can find additional information HERE.
- Should I apply for financial aid?
- How does the application process work?
- Does Brooks give academic or athletic scholarships?
- What happens if parents are divorced or separated?
- What expectations does Brooks have regarding my family contribution?
- How many students receive financial aid at Brooks?
- What are our priorities? Who gets financial aid at Brooks?
- What are the expectations of students awarded financial aid?
- If I accept the award, what will my future awards look like?
- Can I appeal the size of my award?
- Does Brooks offer payment plans?
Those interested in applying for financial aid should notify the admission office by checking the appropriate box on the application. The Parent Financial Statement (PFS) for financial aid applicants 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 http://sss.nais.org/parents or returned by mail to:
SSS by NAIS
PO Box 449
Randolph, MA 02368-0449
Decisions on financial aid awards accompany acceptances and enrollment contracts.
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.
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.
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.
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.