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The Buckley School offers financial aid to families with demonstrated need based on an evaluation by School and Student Services (SSS). The school’s Financial Aid Committee makes financial aid awards to students who qualify for aid on the basis of financial need and who, in the school’s judgment, are able to make a significant contribution to the Buckley community through their academic accomplishments, talents, and personal attributes. Our review process involves applying consistent principles across all applicants to determine the families most in need of a financial aid grant.

SSS is an independent needs-assessment program used by thousands of independent schools nationwide. Families interested in applying for financial aid may begin the process on November 1 each year by completing the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online. Schools that subscribe to SSS can use the information collected on this form about your family size, income, expenses, etc., to help determine your family’s ability to contribute to educational expenses.

If you have questions about financial aid, please contact the Admissions Office at or (818) 461-6719. We're here to help!

How to Apply

List of 2 items.

  • Step 1: Complete an online Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) with School and Student Services (SSS) by February 15, 2021.

    Detailed information can be found on the SSS website. The deadline to submit all forms and supplemental materials to SSS is February 15, 2021.
  • Step 2: File a completed Financial Aid Materials Cover Sheet

    File a completed Financial Aid Materials Cover Sheet and mail all supplemental financial aid materials directly to SSS in order for documents to be matched with your PFS.

    You obtain the Financial Aid Materials Cover Sheet by logging onto your SSS account. All new families and those returning to Buckley who are applying for financial aid will send all of their required documents directly to SSS’s highly secure server or processing center in order for their materials to be processed in a timely manner.

    You may also scan and upload all of your supplemental materials. Your materials will then be securely matched to your online PFS. Uploading documents does not allow schools to see your information instantly, but schools will be able to review your documents faster than if you mail them to the SSS processing center.

    Supplemental materials include:
    • A copy of your signed and completed 2020 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (Form 1040)
    • All supporting 2020 Schedules and W-2 forms
    • A copy of your signed and completed 2019 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (Form 1040), all schedules, and W-2 forms
    • The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), which should be filed online, is available here. Buckley’s school code for the PFS is 1947.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • How is financial aid awarded?

    Buckley is a member of School and Student Services (SSS), which assists independent schools in determining a family’s financial need. Families submit a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) to SSS that contains detailed financial information. From the information provided on this form, SSS uses a standardized calculation nationally accepted by independent schools to compute a family’s tuition contribution. The PFS takes into consideration such things as gross taxable income, assets, liabilities, family size, and number of children attending tuition-charging schools. The information is reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee at Buckley and is used as a guideline in determining financial aid decisions. All awards are based on a family’s demonstrated financial need, and athletic scholarships are not available.
  • How much aid is awarded each year?

    For the 2019-2020 school year, Buckley awarded families more than $4 million in financial aid providing 14 percent of families with financial assistance.
  • What if I do not apply for aid the year I apply to Buckley? Is financial aid automatically renewed each year?

    If a family does not apply for financial aid the year they apply for admission or if they do not have a significant, documented change in their financial status, they will not be awarded financial assistance in future years. Buckley requires families receiving aid to reapply each year. A change in income, family status, or the number of children attending tuition-charging institutions may result in increases or decreases in an award. Every application will be reviewed annually.
  • What happens if parents are divorced or separated?

    In the case of divorced or separated parents or parents that have never married, the Financial Aid Committee considers the income and assets of both legal parents, if living, before making any award, and cannot be bound to the assertion that one parent has disclaimed, legally or otherwise, any responsibility for educational expenses. Buckley will not become involved in allocating the award on a proportional basis to the families involved, and the responsibility for all communications and payments ultimately lies with the custodial parent. If either parent has remarried, Buckley will also consider the income and assets of the step-parent, always bearing in mind the financial obligations of that step-parent to his or her own natural children. In view of this policy, it is required that parents to whom this situation pertains complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), submit signed copies of their current year Form 1040, all W-2 forms, and all schedules and statements. Please be aware that if a noncustodial parent refuses to comply to submit the required documentation, the Financial Aid Committee will determine if the family is eligible to receive financial aid.
  • I never do my taxes until the April 15 deadline. How will this impact my financial aid award?

    We recognize that preparing your 2020 IRS Tax documents by February 15 is challenging. Our financial aid budget is limited, however, and those who meet the deadline have a distinct advantage. Your timely application means we can give your son or daughter the consideration he or she deserves. If your taxes cannot be completed by that date, taxes from the previous year should be submitted and a tentative award will be made subject to verification. The award, however, will not become finalized until we receive the tax information for the current year. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact our office.
  • When will I be notified of my award?

    If a student is admitted to Buckley and qualifies for aid, a financial aid award will be included along with the admission packet. Returning students will receive an updated award as the Financial Aid Committee reviews any changes in their files.
  • What payment plans are available?

    It is the policy of The Buckley School that all tuition and fees are due by June 15, 2021. If Buckley does not receive full payment or partial payment (as applicable to financial aid or FACTS families) by the close of business on June 15, 2021, Buckley reserves the right to forfeit your child's space. Parents/Guardians who wish to use a time payment plan to meet school expenses may do so by applying to FACTS (866-441-4637 or here), which offers a six-month, interest-free payment plan from April through September. FACTS does not accept credit card payments. Parents/Guardians may also apply for education loans through Your Tuition Solution (800-920-9777 or here) for qualified applicants. A separate Truth in Lending Act Compliance Disclosure will be provided to parents/guardians who select the FACTS payment plan.
  • How is a financial aid application handled if one parent does not work?

    If a family has children over the age of six, it is expected that both parents are employed. If one parent chooses not to work, then a full-time income at minimum wage will be imputed for that parent for the purposes of preparing a financial aid grant.
  • How can I be assured that my information is kept confidential?

    Applying for financial aid at Buckley is a private matter between the family and the school. The Financial Aid Committee conducts a comprehensive review of a family’s personal financial situation, and that review is not discussed with any other person outside of the Financial Aid Committee. In an effort to protect a family’s privacy, we expect all financial aid applicants to exercise discretion during the financial aid process by not discussing their financial aid application or award with other families.

    In addition, School & Student Services (SSS) places a priority on collecting and processing a family’s documents in a safe and efficient manner. When documents are sent to SSS, families submit their information to SSS through a secure server. Families are able to track receipt of the documents sent to SSS through a unique password-protected account.
  • Do families have to pay back their financial aid award?

    Every year, the school sets aside a portion of its budget in order to help families cover the educational expenses of attending school at Buckley for the year. Although financial aid awards do not need to be repaid to the school, it is the expectation that all families will contribute to Buckley to the best of their ability so that the financial aid program will be able to be sustained for future years.

Fast Facts

  • A completed Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) should be filed online here no later than February 15, 2020.
  • The phone number for SSS Customer Service is (800) 344-8328.
  • Each family's application for financial aid is reviewed annually.
  • In cases of divorce or separation, financial information is required for both parents and all documentation is kept strictly confidential.
  • If a family does not apply for financial aid the year they apply for admission then, absent a significant, documented change in financial status, financial assistance is not awarded in future years.