Financial Aid Requirements

Welcome to Access & Affordability

Andover admits outstanding students regardless of their families' ability to pay the cost of an Andover education. We are proud to say that we meet 100 percent of each admitted student's demonstrated financial need. Through our need-blind admission initiative, we encourage all qualified applicants to consider Andover, regardless of whether they can afford the full cost of attendance. Upon admission, applicants can be confident that their financial need, as determined by Andover's financial aid office, will be met.

Andover determines a family's ability to pay by recalculating the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) using our own standards. This process produces fair and generous individual results. For example, we do not include the value of a family's home up to $650,000 when considering their assets, and we provide a generous rental allowance for families who do not own a home. As we determine each family's financial need, a careful review is made of all special concerns and circumstances.

If you're excited about trying new things and meeting new people, please apply!

Jim Ventre '79 Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Welcome to Opportunity

Andover attracts by far the largest and most diverse applicant pool among peer schools. Given the strong representation of all socioeconomic groups within that pool, the Academy sets no prescribed ceiling on family income when offering full scholarships. In the recent past, the Academy has increased the percentage of the student body on aid to 48 percent, while maintaining 13 percent of the student body on full scholarship. 

Policy for Those Applying for Financial Aid from Cities/Towns within our Day Student Boundaries

If you reside in a nearby city/town and are also applying for financial aid, please understand that your financial aid award will be predicated on the day student tuition and will not include the additional cost associated with being a boarding student. You are, of course, welcome to apply as a boarding student, but your family will be responsible for the additional tuition necessary for you to live on campus if you are admitted and choose to enroll at Phillips Academy.

Families apply for financial aid at the same time students submit applications for admission. A completed financial aid application consists of the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and subsequent forms for income verification such as W-2s and the most recent Income Tax Return.

Andover has discontinued student loans, replacing such loans with scholarship grants, allowing students to graduate without debt.

Heidi Jamieson Director of Financial Aid

Instructions for Families Applying for Financial Aid

Complete your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online after October 2. To be eligible for consideration for financial aid at Andover, you must complete your PFS and submit your documents by February 1. Andover will communicate decisions about financial aid awards on March 10.

Andover uses the School & Student Services by the National Association of Independent Schools (SSS by NAIS) to process the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). Based on the financial information you provide, SSS by NAIS presents Andover with an estimated family contribution available for educational purposes. Upon electronic receipt of your information from SSS by NAIS, Andover recalculates all PFS information using our own standards and policies to make fair and objective financial aid decisions. Please note that even if you have several children applying, you need only complete one PFS.

COMPLETE THE PARENTS’ FINANCIAL STATEMENT (PFS) ONLINE

  1. Starting on October 2 go to www.sssbynais.org/parents
  2. Click “Apply Now” (Phillips Academy’s school code is 5758).
  3. Set up your PFS Online account using your email address and a password. You may save and return to your PFS before submitting it.
  4. Submit your application, and pay your $49 nonrefundable fee to process your PFS. 
  5. After submitting your PFS, you will have access in the PFS Online to a section called "Documents." You can upload additional documents we require here.

Additional Required Documents

Please upload copies of the following documents to SSS by NAIS:

  • 2016 tax return with all schedules and W-2s.
  • 2017 tax return with all schedules, W-2s, and 1099s. Although required, your 2017 1040 is due by May 1. 

Your grant will be tentative pending receipt of the 2017 1040 forms.

International Student Financial Aid Profile

If you are neither a US citizen nor a permanent resident, please submit a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) at https://www.solutionsbysss.com/parents. Although not every question will pertain to an international applicant, do your best to answer all questions. In place of US 1040 tax forms or W-2 Forms, please submit the International Student Financial Aid Form. All international forms should be translated into English. Canadian applicants are welcome to submit Canadian tax forms instead of the International Aid forms.

Submitting Documents

Detailed instructions on how to upload required documents are available at https://www.solutionsbysss.com/parents/apply/required-documents. Or mail your documents to:

SSS by NAIS - Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 449
Randolph, MA 02368-0449

For overnight mail, use this address: 

SSS by NAIS - Application Processing Center
437 Turnpike Street
Canton, MA 02021

Note: You may submit copies of all documents online at http://www.sssbynais.org/parents. After you complete your PFS, follow the instructions on how to upload documents. Call SSS Customer Service at (800) 344-8328 with any questions (M-F: 9 a.m.-8 p.m  EST; Sat: 9 a.m-4 p.m. EST).

Contact Us

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Heidi Jamieson, director of financial aid.