Berkeley is committed to enrolling a talented and diverse student body. We strive to make this educational experience affordable to all families that may require financial assistance.

2018 - 19 TUITION

Pre-K / Kindergarten  $17,760
Grades 1-5  $20,600
Grades 6-8  $23,390
Grades 9-12  $25,640


Tuition is payable in eight installments and must be paid in full by January 1. Payments do not cover the cost of uniforms, books, supplies, lunches, laptops (if applicable), transportation, special event admission fees or other expenses incurred in the ordinary course of a student's activities at Berkeley.

Financial Aid

Berkeley makes all admission decisions without regard to financial status. Families who have reviewed their financial situation and feel that help may be needed in paying tuition should apply for aid. Financial aid awards are available at any grade level to students who demonstrate need.

Financial Aid Procedures

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    In determining need, Berkeley Preparatory School follows NAIS Principles of Good Practice. Financial aid awards are based upon School and Student Services’ (SSS) financial assessment of each applicant. It is important to note that Berkeley may not be able to accommodate all financial aid applicants in a given year. Complete applications and required documents received in the Admissions Office by February 15, 2019 will receive first priority relative to aid dollars available.

    Families applying for financial aid for the first time should contact the Admissions Office. Returning families currently receiving aid must submit a new application each year. If a family’s financial circumstances remain the same, the school makes every effort to assist a family at the same level of aid.

    To apply for financial aid, please complete the following steps no later than February 15, 2019:
    1. Create your School and Student Services (SSS) online account

    2. Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). You may find the Family Guide to Financial Aid a helpful tool when completing your PFS. Please note: the SSS code for Berkeley Preparatory School is 1600.

    3. Submit the additional required documents listed below:
    • Copy of your 2018 1040 income tax return(s) with signatures
    • Business/Farm Statement and Corporate Tax Return/Schedule C/Schedule F (if applicable)
    • Copy of 2018 W-2 Forms (if applicable)

    Recognizing that each parent bears a responsibility for financing a student’s education, financial information from all family members is required. Custodial and non-custodial parents (regardless of legal settlements, who are divorced, separated, or never married) must submit their own PFS. The Financial Aid Committee will consider all household assets in determining need.

    Special Circumstances: In the exceptional case, where one parent cannot comply, the custodial parent will be asked to submit a written explanation to the Financial Aid Committee.

    Financial aid applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted by February 15, 2019 to be considered for financial aid awards distributed in March.

    Berkeley is also fortunate to have a number of scholarships available to our students due to the generosity of alumni and friends of the school. In addition to demonstrated financial need, specific criteria such as academic achievement and leadership potential are components of this separate scholarship application process. Receiving a scholarship is a great honor; therefore, the process is both competitive and selective. A selection committee will review the completed applications and announce the scholarship recipients in early March. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Q. What is financial aid?

    A. Financial aid is an award based on a family’s demonstrated need, as determined by SSS calculations, tax returns, and Berkeley’s Financial Aid Committee. Financial aid is an award, not a loan, and therefore, is not paid back to the school.
  • Q. What is “demonstrated need”?

    A. “Demonstrated need” is defined as the difference between the annual tuition and the amount a family can be expected to contribute to the cost of the student’s education. PFS and tax returns are used to determine need.
  • Q. How do financial aid and scholarships differ?

    A. Financial aid and scholarships are both need-based awards. When applying for a scholarship, specific criteria such as academic achievement and leadership potential are components of a separate scholarship application process. Applications for scholarships will be available in the Admissions Office and online in January 2019. The filing deadline for scholarships is also February 15, 2019. A selection committee will review the completed applications and announce the scholarship recipients in early March.

    Receiving a scholarship is a great honor; therefore, the process is both competitive and selective. These scholarships are renewable annually, based on continued academic success and a written overview by the recipient of his or her accomplishments. Please note: Students who apply for scholarships will also be considered for financial aid awards.
  • Q. Does Berkeley offer merit scholarships?

    A. Berkeley currently offers one merit-based partial scholarship, The Ross Brown Scholarship. This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Ross Newcomb Brown ’75 by his family and provides a partial tuition scholarship to a middle or upper division student who demonstrates the potential for outstanding achievement and continued high achievement in science.

    There are no other academic, athletic or artistic merit-based scholarships at this time.
  • Q. What impact does a financial aid application have on a student’s admissions application?

    A. None. The Financial Aid Committee is separate from the Admissions Committee.
  • Q. When will I receive a decision regarding financial aid and scholarships?

    A. Financial aid and scholarships will be awarded in March after acceptance and prior to the deposit deadline.
  • Q. Do I have to re-apply for financial aid each year?

    A. Yes. Because a family’s financial circumstances are subject to change, we require reapplication for financial aid each year. If your family’s financial situation remains stable, you can expect relatively the same percentage of financial aid, understanding tuition and fees are likely to increase each year.
  • Q. Do I have to re-apply for a scholarship each year if one has already been awarded to me?

    A. As long as you remain in “good standing”, your scholarship will be awarded annually until graduation.

    Please note: Your financial aid application and supporting documentation will need to be completed each year.
  • Q. Who can apply for financial aid?

    A. Anyone may apply for financial aid. We recognize that each family’s situation is unique.


Annual Giving at Berkeley is vital to the life and mission of the school. Berkeley parents contribute generously to the Berkeley Fund, our annual giving program. Nationally, the median gift for current parents in an independent day school is $1,362; however, many Berkeley parents choose to exceed this amount in order to enhance the educational opportunities available to our students. Above all, the participation of every family, at any level, is greatly valued because it contributes to the education received by each of our students and validates the tradition of academic and co-curricular excellence at Berkeley.


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