We are delighted your family is considering a Bolles education for the upcoming school year. Since 1933, The Bolles School has continued to raise the bar as one of the region’s most extraordinary places to live, learn and develop individual student strengths. We have every hope your family will discover the same kind of excitement we in the Office of Admission have when we arrive on campus each day. Our admission directors can help answer any questions about our educational offerings, programs, people and All Things Possible approach to an independent school experience. We are committed to shepherding you through the process. Whether you want to learn more about how Bolles can help your student advance their unique interests or simply how to best manage the admission process, we are here for you.
We know families consider many factors before applying to Bolles – and financial aid options are among the most consequential. It is our sincere hope your outcome in this process is an appropriate grant that helps your student get to Bolles – and helps you feel financially confident about it. Our Financial Aid Committee is tasked with receiving, reviewing and distributing financial aid resources each school year. This is a meticulous process based on very tangible measures and specific variables. It is the committee’s goal to maintain a consistent and equitable policy of financial aid fund dispersal. While it is an important part of the admission process, it does not need to be a daunting one. It is structured to give all students a better opportunity to thrive at Bolles.
We are here to help! The Financial Aid application process is well outlined and user-friendly. You can discover much of what you need to know on this page. But do not hesitate to ask for direction. You may contact me at mccannk@Bolles.org or Helen Smith at smithh@Bolles.org.
We look forward to working with you!
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
|Textbooks, Uniforms, Lunch (optional), Transportation (optional), Yearbook ($60)|
|Grade 6-8||$27,360||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||$28,190||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||$57,580||Textbooks, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Prescribed Dress, Yearbook ($80), School Clinic ($325), ESL Summer Course ($4,500 if required), Health Insurance ($2,090 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.
For the 2020-21 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 fee 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.
- Tuition Refund Insurance
- Facilities Fees
- Extended Care Options
- Third-party Educational Loan Information
This insurance is required of all resident students and new students (optional for all other students).
Tuition Refund Plan
Rates range from $20 weekly for morning care to approximately $65 weekly for after-school care. A complete breakdown of costs and times can be found online in the Lower School Student/Parent Handbook.
Offered on the Bartram Campus (transportation to San Jose at 5:15. This program is provided until 5:15 p.m. If staying after 5:15 p.m., a rates are $10 per day.
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.
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 $5 million dollars in need-based aid for the 2020-21 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?
- HOW TO APPLY
- INFORMATION FOR DIVORCED, SEPARATED OR NEVER-MARRIED PARENTS
- IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
- FINANCIAL AID FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Bolles subscribes to a standardized, consistent and equitable “need analysis” through School and Student Services by the National Association of Independent Schools (SolutionsbyNAIS) 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
- Number of children attending Bolles and receiving financial aid
- Assets such as home equity
- Investment assets and indebtedness
- Unusual expenses for a given year
- Family choices for use of discretionary expenditures, including choice of housing, automobiles, club memberships and other personal lifestyle choices (For example, financial aid is not intended to underwrite the cost of luxury automobiles or private club memberships.)
- Individual circumstances provided to the Bolles Financial Aid office
Please know that the Parent Financial Statement provided by SolutionsbyNAIS is a guideline and the final determination of aid award is the responsibility of the Bolles Financial Aid Committee.
1) Starting October 2, 2020, complete the Parents’ Financial Statement, accessible at sss.secure.force.com/familyportal. There is a $51 application fee. Applications for returning and new families are due January 31, 2021, in order to be considered in the first round of financial aid awards. The solutionsbynais website provides comprehensive instructions about the methodology and the application process, particularly at solutionsbysss/parents/resources.
- Click HERE for a one-page Bolles Financial Aid information sheet.
2) Upload the required documents to your SSS account in the Upload Documents Section:
- By February 15, 2021:
- Copies of 2019 tax return (only families new to financial aid)
- Copies of 2020 W2’s (all applicants)
- Copies of 2020 1040 Income Tax Return with all schedules when complete. Awards can be made without a 2020 completed tax return BUT families that fail to provide a 2020 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 2020, 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 2020, a copy of the acceptance letter and financial aid award letter (if appropriate).
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.
- October 2, 2020 – January 31, 2021 – Complete Parent Financial Statement (PFS ) at sss.secure.force.com/familyportal.
- February 15, 2021 – All families Upload 2020 W-2 forms at sss.secure.force.com/familyportal.
- February 15, 2021 – Families new to financial aid upload 2019 tax return
- March 4, 2021 – Award notification contingent upon verification of information via tax documents.
- April 15, 2021 – Upload 2020 Tax Returns and required supporting documents.*
*if you filed an extension with the IRS, upload the tax extension form under “Additional Documents”
- How do I apply for financial aid?
- How is “need” determined?
- My child is a great student/artist/athlete. Does Bolles give merit scholarships?
- Must a family have a very modest income in order to receive financial aid?
- How much financial aid may I expect to receive?
- What if my financial situation changes?
- Must I repay this award?
- What if I am divorced or separated?
- Are decisions regarding admission and financial aid related?
- I have other children applying to or attending tuition-charging institutions. Must I also apply for financial aid from those schools?
- Only one parent works outside the home. Must both parents be employed to receive financial aid from Bolles?
- Are there other ways of paying school expenses besides receiving financial aid directly from Bolles?
“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.
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.
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.
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.