Affording Kiski

Financial Aid Details

Kiski tries to meet the financial need of all admitted students. In fact, 50 percent of our students receive need-based financial assistance totaling more than $4 million.

Financial aid awards are determined annually by Kiski's Financial Aid Committee, based on information supplied by the student's family to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). The School will do everything possible to meet the full financial need of the family.

For further information please contact the Admission Office at 1-877-547-5448. You may also contact Bill Ellis, Director of Admission and Chairman of the Financial Aid Committee, at 724-639-8037.

The Financial Aid Process

Parents interested in applying for financial aid should indicate this on the Parent Statement of the application for admission. Financial aid at Kiski is in the form of reduced tuition, and is awarded on the basis of demonstrated need. The method of documenting family need is through a report generated by School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). Families complete an application called the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) online and and then upload the supporting tax documents (W-2, 1040, IRS form 4506-T)  to the SSS website or submit the supporting tax documents directly to SSS by NAIS application processing center at PO Box 449, Randolph, MA  02368-0449.  (For overnight mail, use this address:  SSS by NAIS, Application Processing Center, 437 Turnpike Street, Canton, MA  02021.)

The Kiski School has three payment plan options from which enrolling families can choose. All options begin with a 10% percent deposit and signed contract. Plan A: All tuition due by July 1. Plan B: 60% of net tuition is due on July 1 and 40% of net tuition is due December 1. Plan C: The family may enroll in the FACTS plan and divide the net tuition into 10 equal payments. The first payment is due May 1 and the final payment on Feb. 1. Once a contract is signed, families are obligated to pay for the tuition for the entire year.

Financial aid at Kiski is partially funded through an endowment of various trusts and other donations.  The names of the recipients of these awards may be shared with the donors.
 
*The Kiski School is a not-for-profit school. Kiski does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed or color in the administration of its educational policies, admission, financial aid, hiring, or other school programs. It affords all students the rights, privileges, and social, academic and athletic opportunities that are generally made available at the School.

FAQs

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • How are Admission and Financial Aid related?

    The two processes are completely separate. All families must complete the admissions process prior to application for financial aid. Candidates for financial aid are referred to the financial aid director who collects all pertinent forms.
  • How is financial aid funded?

    Tuition and fees do not cover the entire cost of educating a boy at Kiski. Therefore, every student, at least in theory, receives financial aid. The difference between what a family pays in tuition, and the actual cost of a boy's education comes from the benevolence of our alumni, families, grants, and other annual giving and bequeaths.

    Kiski is an independent school, and receives no state or government funds to support the financial aid budget. To endow the budget, the school depends upon the generosity of its constituencies, such as alumni, parents, and friends. The school budgets a certain amount each year for financial aid, and once that amount is allocated, no more is available. Therefore, it is wise to apply for financial aid as early as possible.
  • Does application for financial aid affect admission?

    Admission decisions are based solely upon a student’s academic qualifications. No applicant will be denied admission to The Kiski School because of financial need. The amount of financial aid awarded is based on a family’s financial need and funds available.
  • How are my finances evaluated?

    School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) is an independent organization that evaluates families’ ability to afford tuition. SSS provides the school with an analysis of the information supplied by the family. The analysis is used to compute the amount of tuition the family should be able to contribute toward tuition. The analysis is the primary tool that The School uses to decide the amount of financial aid granted. Unusual circumstances of each family situation are acknowledged and considered by the Financial Aid Committee in its final decision. However, the guiding principle of The Kiski School is the fair distribution of the limited financial aid funds available.
  • Is any other information needed in order for an award to be made?

    In order for an award to be made, in addition to the report from SSS, The Kiski School requires that each family submit a signed copy of the two previous year's 1040 and all accompanying schedules. We also require a copy of all W-2s for the previous year and IRS form 4506-T. The financial aid director must receive these forms before any award will be made.
  • What if I am already at the school but have never applied for financial aid?

    The Kiski School accepts financial aid applications from returning families who have not received financial aid in the past on the same basis as any other family requesting financial aid. The same deadlines apply to all returning students.
  • If I currently receive financial aid do I have to reapply each year?

    Yes. A family must make application for financial aid each year and complete a new Parents’ Financial Statement.

    Any student currently receiving need-based financial aid may reapply as long as all current financial obligations to the school have been met. No award will be made for the following year until all bills from the previous year have been paid. While a family must reapply for financial aid each year, one may reasonably expect to receive some assistance if a grant was given the prior year and if the family’s financial circumstances are relatively similar to the prior year.
  • Who has access to my financial information?

    The school is committed to protecting the privacy of its families, therefore, all information received by the Financial Aid Director is held in the strictest confidence. Financial information is never shared with the Board of Trustees, donors, faculty/staff members or anyone else.
  • Who is on the financial aid committee?

    The Financial Aid Committee has three members, the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Chairman of the Financial Aid Committee and the Associate Director of Admissions.

    The Committee strives to establish uniform criteria for evaluating parental ability to pay the total educational expenses of the student. The ultimate responsibility for determining the amount of the grant offered as financial aid rests with the financial aid committee of The Kiski School.
  • How and when should I apply?

    If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please adhere to the FA Time Table listed on this page.  Current Students receiving financial aid will automatically receive the December mailing with the FA Application instructions.  Current Students not on Financial Aid will receive the mailing if they contact the Admissions Office and request it.  New Students should complete Form 1 of the Admissions application and based on that, they will receive the FA Application instructions.

    It is very important to complete the PFS and submit it to SSS as soon as possible and no later than January 15 in order to meet the first deadline.  It is significantly faster to submit it online directly to SSS.  The online procedures can be found online at www.sss.nais.org.  Kiski will be sent a report of estimated family contribution.  We use the other documents required for income verification.  The time table is a guide for families who will be considered in the initial round of the admission process and for all current students who are planning to re-enroll.  FA applications are welcome after the deadlines and will be considered as long as funds are available.

Financial Aid Timetable for New and Re-Enrolling Students

December: Financial Aid forms from The Kiski School should have been received by current recipients for reapplication and new applicants.

January 15: Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) completed and received by SSS. A copy of IRS form 4506-T and a copy of the 1040 Federal Tax Forms should be sent directly to SSS.

February 1: Copies of the most recent W-2 forms should be sent directly to SSS.

February 15: Copies of the most recent Federal Tax Forms should be sent directly to SSS.

March 1:  Decisions of awards for re-enrolling students are mailed from The Kiski School to those meeting the above deadlines.

March 10: Decisions of awards for new students are mailed from The Kiski School to those applicants meeting the above deadlines.
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, private, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes AP and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery.
Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.