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Tuition and Financial Aid

Upper school students in class

Bolles understands that the cost of an independent college preparatory program is significant and we are committed to making this educational experience affordable to as many students as possible who meet our criteria for acceptance. Tuition pays only a portion of the actual annual cost of a Bolles education. We meet the difference through grants, donations, and investments. Tuition levels are determined by the Bolles School Board of Trustees and are published in December for the subsequent school year. Tuition information provided below is for the 2018-19 school year. Financial Aid information below is applicable for the 2019-20 school year.

TUITION INFORMATION

2018-19 TUITION

Grade Tuition Ancillary Costs
Pre-K
Kindergarten
Grades 1-3
Grades 4-5
$10,870
$14,210
$15,940
$20,080
Textbooks, Uniforms, Lunch (optional), Transportation (optional), Yearbook ($60)
Grade 6-8 $25,410 Textbooks, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Uniforms, Lunch (optional), Transportation (optional), Yearbook ($80), Some elective class selections including a fee such as Art or Photography
Grades 9-12 $26,190 Textbooks, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Prescribed Dress, Lunch (optional), Transportation (optional), Yearbook ($80), Some elective class selections including a fee such as Art or Photography.
Resident Student $53,490 Textbooks, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Prescribed Dress, Yearbook ($80), School Clinic ($325), ESL Summer Course ($4,500 if required), Health Insurance ($1995 est., required for all international students), Some elective class selections including a fee such as Art or Photography. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the resident student tuition

A 10% deposit of the family’s tuition responsibility is due upon enrollment. A one-time $500 facilities fee is required during the student’s first year of enrollment at Bolles.

PAYMENT PLANS

For the 2018-19 School Year: The School utilizes FACTS Management Company (online.factsmgt.com) for processing account transactions. Annually, you must choose your payment plan and method of billing. A 10% non-refundable tuition deposit is billed to your FACTS account each December and is due in January. The 90% balance of tuition after the deposit can be paid in one of the following payment plans:

One Payment Plan
February Option - 90% balance due February 28
May Option - 90% balance due May 31.

Two Payment Plan
90% balance paid in two payments: 70% due May 31, 20% due October 31.

*Four Payment Plan
90% balance paid in four equal payments due: February 28, May 31, August 31 and October 31.

*Monthly Payment Plan
90% balance paid in equal monthly payments through October 31.

*While The Bolles School may not consider this payment plan to extension of credit the Truth and Lenders Act (TLA) requires disclosure for any extension of payments made over four or more months. Once you register with FACTS for this payment plan you will receive a TLA disclosure. Selection of this payment plan has a $41 charge per family. The charges listed are estimates of expected costs. The School reserves the right to adjust these costs as circumstances warrant.

All tuition must be paid by October 31 regardless of enrollment date.

ADDITIONAL AND OPTIONAL COSTS

Tuition Refund Insurance

This insurance is required of all resident students and new students (optional for all other students).

2018-19 Cost:

PK

K

1-3

4-5

6-8

9-12

Boarding

$136

$178

$200

$251

$318

$328

$669

Facilities Fees

A one-time facilities fee of $500 for each NEW STUDENT enrolled is required.

Extended Care Options

Extended Day

Lower School
Rates range from $15 weekly for morning care to approximately $60 weekly for after-school care. A complete breakdown of costs and times can be found online in the Lower School Student/Parent Handbook.

Middle School
Offered on the Bartram Campus (transportation to San Jose at 5;15 for late shuttles). This program is provided free of charge until 5:15 p.m. If staying after 5:15 p.m., a daily rate applies.

Advantage Programs
Advantage Programs offer an addition to Extended Day for lower school students. These programs highlight a specific art, science or a particular sport. The average cost is $90-$150 for 6 weeks, and run 45 minutes.

Advantage Plus Programs

For certain days when school is closed to students, this program offers an off-campus treat like a trip to the zoo or a local greenery. Costs run approximately $60 for the day.

Third-party Educational Loan Information

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

The Bolles School is committed to providing a Bolles education to academically qualified students representing a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and talents. The School embraces the challenge of providing this opportunity to families within a range of socio-economic status. It is important to note that the first responsibility for educational costs always lies with the family.

The Bolles School is committed to providing financial assistance to families with demonstrated need as resources remain available. The School does not offer merit scholarships. The Bolles School offered approximately $4.1 million dollars in need-based aid for the 2018-19 school year. Grants are awarded on the basis of a family’s financial need and the availability of funds. Even given this level of resources, it is not uncommon for the demand for demonstrated need to exceed the resources available.

HOW IS FINANCIAL NEED DETERMINED?

Bolles subscribes to a standardized, consistent and equitable “need analysis” through School and Student Services by the National Association of Independent Schools (SSS by NAIS) to determine a family’s expected financial contribution to tuition. Using the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) provided by this methodology as a guideline, the Financial Aid Committee reviews each financial aid portfolio for consideration. Families must reapply for financial aid each year but can expect consistent support based on a consistent financial analysis.

Factors considered in determining a family’s contribution and a financial aid award include:

  • Total family income
  • IRS forms and schedules (including information on Partnerships and S-Corporations)
  • Family Size
  • Number of children attending tuition-charging schools
  • Assets such as home equity
  • Investment assets and indebtedness
  • Unusual expenses for a given year
  • Family choices for use of discretionary expenditures
  • Individual circumstances provided to the Bolles Financial Aid office

Please know that the Parent Financial Statement provided by SSS by NAIS is a guideline and the final determination of aid award is the responsibility of the Bolles Financial Aid Committee.

HOW TO APPLY

1) Starting October 2, 2018, complete the Parents’ Financial Statement, accessible at sssbynais.org/parents. There is a $51 application fee. Applications for returning and new families are due January 31, 2019, in order to be considered in the first round of financial aid awards. The sssbynais website provides comprehensive instructions about the methodology and the application process, particularly at sssbynais.org/parents/learn.

2) Upload the required documents to SSS per instructions on the SSS by NAIS website before February 15, 2019.

  • Copies of 2017 tax return (families new to financial aid)
  • Copies of 2018 W2 are required by February 15, 2019.
  • Copies of 2018 1040 Income Tax Return with all schedules when complete. Awards can be made without a 2018 completed tax return BUT families that fail to provide a 2018 tax return by April 15 risk forfeiting their award.
  • If a parent is a shareholder in an S Corporation or a partner in a Partnership then provide the appropriate Schedule K-1.
  • If siblings of the applicant attend tuition-charging institutions other than Bolles, please provide the Bolles Financial Aid Office the following information by email or by mail or in person at 7400 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, 32217:
    • For siblings who attended college prior to 2018, the IRS 1098-T form (Tuition Statement) or the financial aid award letter from the college (if appropriate).
    • For siblings matriculating to college for the first time in 2018, a copy of the acceptance letter and financial aid award letter (if appropriate).
    • For pre-college age siblings, a copy of their enrollment document and financial aid award letter (if appropriate) from the tuition charging institution.

INFORMATION FOR DIVORCED, SEPARATED OR NEVER-MARRIED PARENTS

In the matter of divorce or separation of parents, the Financial Aid Committee will consider the income and assets of both natural parents, if living, before making an award. If either parent has remarried, we will consider also the income and assets of the stepparent, always bearing in mind the obligation of that stepparent to his or her own natural children.

In view of this policy regarding divorce or separated parents, it is necessary that the custodial and non-custodial parents each complete a PFS. The information provided will be kept in strictest confidence. It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to ask the non-custodial parent to complete this form. If this information is not provided, the Financial Aid Committee will be unable to consider awarding a grant to the student. The non-custodial parent must also submit copies of appropriate tax forms to SSS.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

  • November 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019 – Complete Parent Financial Statement (PFS ) at sssbynais.org.
  • February 15, 2019 – All families Upload 2017 W-2 forms at sssbynais.org.
  • February 15, 2019 – Families new to financial aid upload 2017 tax return
  • March 15, 2019 – Award notification contingent upon verification of information via tax documents.
  • April 15, 2019 – Upload 2018 Tax Returns and required supporting documents at sssbynais.org.

FINANCIAL AID FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I apply for financial aid?

You may apply online at sssbynais.org/parents starting November 1, 2017. This website is where you will fill out and submit your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS).

How is “need” determined?

“Need” is determined by the School's Financial Aid Committee, which uses the confidential Parent Financial Statement (PFS) that you submit, tax returns, and the NAIS School and Student Services as a guide. School and Student Services collect information that is submitted by parents to assist our committee in determining need. Through all submitted materials, the Committee then determines the level of demonstrated need and how much aid can be granted.

My child is a great student/artist/athlete. Does Bolles give merit scholarships?

No, Bolles only awards need-based grants based on the criteria described in the information under Financial Aid.

Must a family have a very modest income in order to receive financial aid?

No. Net income is not the only factor used in making financial aid decisions--assets, debts, and number of dependents has a considerable influence on financial aid decisions.

How much financial aid may I expect to receive?

Each award is individualized, based upon the demonstrated financial need of each applicant and funds available.

What if my financial situation changes?

Each year a family must reapply for financial aid. If the family's financial circumstances remain the same, the School will make every effort to assist a family at the same level of aid.

Must I repay this award?

No. A financial award is used to offset the costs of our educational programs. These awards are grants made possible by donors, many of whom received aid themselves. It is hoped that each recipient will consider a gift to the endowment fund at an appropriate time in the future.

What if I am divorced or separated?

In the matter of divorce or separation of parents, the Financial Aid Committee will consider the assets of both natural parents, if living, before making any award, and cannot be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for educational expenses. If either parent has remarried, we will consider also the assets and income of the stepparent, always bearing in mind the obligation of that stepparent to his or her own natural children. It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to ask the non-custodial parent to complete this form and to submit their taxes.

Are decisions regarding admission and financial aid related?

All admission decisions are made without regard for financial need.

I have other children applying to or attending tuition-charging institutions. Must I also apply for financial aid from those schools?

Yes. We assume that a family applying for aid from Bolles will apply for financial aid from all tuition-charging institutions their other children may be attending. If another school does not have a financial aid program, please note that on your Parents' Financial Statement.

Only one parent works outside the home. Must both parents be employed to receive financial aid from Bolles?

In general, yes, if all children in the family are in school. We also realize, however, that circumstances may make it impossible, or very difficult, for both parents to work outside the home in specific cases. Explaining such circumstances on your financial aid application, and describing the non-working partner's plans for eventual employment, are important.

Are there other ways of paying school expenses besides receiving financial aid directly from Bolles?

Yes. Many families arrange loans through personal banks or through education payment programs, such as "Your Tuition Solution.” 

Apply by mail, fax, phone, or internet www.yourtuitionsolution.com for conditional approval in as little as 24 hours.

Contact the School's Finance Center (Lisa Tucker), (904) 256-5062 for more information. If you have any questions about applying for the loan, call (800) 920-9777, and one of Your Tuition Solutions education financing advisors will be happy to assist you.