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To apply for financial aid:

  • Visit to complete the online School and Student Services form (SSS) by December 2, 2019
  • The SSS code for the Abraham Joshua Heschel School is 1032.
  • Upload copies of your most recent tax return and W-2 forms.
  • Requests for financial aid must be marked on the application for admission. Requests made at a later date or in subsequent years will only be considered if there are significant changes in a family’s circumstances. Financial assistance cannot be guaranteed unless all information is received on or before December 2, 2019.
  • Awards are final only after receipt of the current year’s IRS 1040 tax return.

Additional Information

All information submitted is confidential.

The Heschel School subscribes to the principles of Fair Practice for the Administration of Financial Aid as outlined by NAIS (National Association of independent Schools). The goal of admitting a diverse population of highly qualified students implies a commitment to substantial financial aid. Aid is awarded without regard to race, nationality or ethnic origin.

Financial aid funding comes from the generosity of donors to our Annual Fund and through the work of many parents on various fundraising activities, including the Fall Campaign, Auction, and Benefit Dinner.

Financial Aid FAQ's

How do I apply for financial aid?

Visit the School and Student Services (SSS) website and complete the on line application. The Heschel School also requires that you upload copies of your most recently filed 1040 and W2 tax forms and supporting tax schedules. Business returns and schedules are also required if you own a business.

How is financial need determined?

We use School and Student Services (SSS) to help determine what a family is capable of contributing toward tuition. Families complete the SSS application form on line. The application form is then forwarded to the Heschel School and provides the school with a general recommendation on a family’s ability to pay for education. The Financial Aid Committee uses the assessment as a guide in allocating financial aid awards. Other factors are also used when determining the financial need of a family such as the number of children in tuition-charging schools, all sources of income, savings, investments, and assets.

​When will I hear about the financial aid decision?

If a student is offered a place at Heschel, his or her family will receive information about financial assistance for which they are eligible along with the letter of acceptance and enrollment contract or re-enrollment contract.

Is financial aid automatically renewed each year?

The Heschel School requires families receiving aid to re-apply each year. Understanding that it is the family’s obligation to make sure all accounts with the Business Office are current, if a family is in arrears and has not made special arrangements with the business office, the Financial Aid Committee may not allocate aid for the following year. If your financial status changes you may be awarded more or less aid in any given year.

How soon should I apply for financial aid?

Requests for financial aid often exceed the funds available so it is important to apply as early as possible. The deadline for submitting your financial aid application for the 2020-21 academic year is December 2, 2019 and funds are allocated first to current families who meet the deadlines and have demonstrated need.

Do you assign an income for parents who do not work?

Yes. The Heschel School expects families to look at all of their own resources before requesting financial aid. We will impute a salary to the parent who is not earning income. Families who have young children who are not yet in school are exempt from this policy.

What happens if a family applies for financial aid that was admitted as a full tuition family?

Families are asked to apply for financial aid by the December 2, 2019 deadline. If you did not apply for financial aid during the admission year that your child was admitted to the Heschel School, you will not be awarded aid. The only time an exception may be made is in the event of a significant change in our circumstances such as the loss of a job, death of a parent, or an illness which prevents a parent from earning income.

How do you treat divorce decrees in which one parent refuses to pay for independant school education?

The Heschel School expects that separated or divorced parents will contribute to the cost of their children’s education regardless of whether or not there is legal obligation for them to do so. In the cases of divorce or separation, the Heschel School requires information from both natural parents and stepparents. We can appreciate that these are difficult time for families but we require that each parent complete and submit an SSS application. While the financial aid committee will consider the assets of both natural parents and stepparents in determining an award, we take into consideration the other obligations of that stepparent.

Is there any aid available to support families with multiple children at Heschel?

All of our Financial Aid is allocated based on need. Thus, there is no automatic discount for any student's tuition. However, in 2016, as part of our efforts to address the affordability of a Heschel education, we created a needs-based program to assist some families with three or more children with part of the tuition of their third (or subsequent) child/children.To apply for this assistance, please use this form.