Cate students come from every corner of the world, and every kind of community, which attests to the fact that these qualities know no boundaries. Accordingly, Cate’s need-based financial assistance program works to ensure that the cost of attendance does not preclude access to an extraordinary educational experience. We are committed to making a Cate experience accessible to families of all income levels.
Our financial assistance committee administers need-based awards and follows the guidelines of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Financial assistance decisions are based on a family’s ability to finance their child’s education as demonstrated by the methodology of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) of Princeton, New Jersey. Within the limitations of our budget, and according to our own financial assistance policies, Cate uses the SSS recommendations as a guideline in determining individual awards.
Although the admission and financial assistance programs at Cate are separate processes and an applicant must first be admitted to Cate and only then be considered for financial assistance. We notify all new students and their families of our financial assistance decisions at the same time that we notify them of our admission decisions.
The PFS is a comprehensive online form that allows School and Student Services (SSS) to estimate the amount your family can contribute towards your child’s tuition. SSS reports that estimate to any school or schools you indicate on your PFS. If your child is applying to more than one school, you only need to fill out your PFS once. If you have multiple children applying, only one PFS application is needed for all schools for all of your children.
The PFS opens each year on September 1st. The PFS is due February 1, 2022, for both returning and new prospective families. To begin your financial assistance application for the coming school year, please follow these steps:
1. Visit http://sssbynais.org/parents and click on “Complete your PFS”.
2. Submit your completed PFS.
3. Upload required documents in the “Manage Documents” section of SSS. Required documentation includes:
If you are not a U.S. citizen paying U.S. taxes, please click here to learn more about how to apply for financial assistance as an International Student.
Download the Family Guide to Financial Aid (English)
Descarga el Cuaderno de Trabajo y Manual de Instrucciones (Spanish)
For more information / Para mas información: https://www.solutionsbysss.com/parents/resources
Questions about the PFS or the financial assistance process in general? The SSS provides helpful information on the “Learn” section of its website. Or, call the SSS Helpline at 800-344-8328 (open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST, and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST).
For all questions related to Cate’s Financial Assistance Program contact Vanessa Cruz-Santana ’06, Director of Financial Assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.