Guidelines for the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS)
Along with most independent schools in the United States, Athenian uses the forms and methodology of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) to evaluate financial aid applicants' ability to pay tuition. SSS and The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) together sponsor this service.
Carefully and closely follow the instructions. Be sure to explain all application items for which a required explanation is indicated and describe any special circumstances in the item for comments and explanations. Please contact us if you have questions rather than submitting a form with possibly incorrect or incomplete information, as this could delay or prevent your receipt of funds.
Parental divorce, separation or remarriage is a complex matter for financial aid. Athenian considers the finances of both natural parents. If a parent has remarried, we also consider the stepparent, bearing in mind the stepparent's obligation to his or her own natural children. In those cases, each natural parent (and his or her current spouse) must complete a PFS. All information is kept in strict confidence. One parent's information is never revealed to the other when natural parents are not married.
Please contact Christopher Beeson, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, at 925-362-7225 to discuss special circumstances.