Affording JCHS

JCHS offers a flexible tuition program designed to help keep a JCHS education accessible to families from a variety of economic backgrounds.
As a community school, it is a priority for JCHS to make this quality education as accessible as possible for the widest range of mission-appropriate students. We consider every family's individual situation carefully. While each family is asked to contribute financially toward their student's education, we encourage anyone sincerely interested in attending JCHS to apply to our Flexible Tuition Program, even if you have concerns about your family's capacity to afford full tuition.

Our admissions process operates separately from decisions about the Flexible Tuition program. Consequently, and because our resources are limited, some applicants may be admitted to JCHS, but placed on our Flexible Tuition program waitlist. 

To learn more about the Flexible Tuition Program at JCHS, please join us at our Flexible Tuition workshop in December with our Director of Finance. This workshop is any family applying to JCHS, and you may register by contacting the Admissions Office.
 
To submit Flexible Tuition forms to SSS by NAIS please click here.
 
Returning JCHS Students' Flexible Tuition Due Date:
Monday, January 7, 2019

Applicant JCHS Flexible Tuition Timeline:
Thursday,  January 10,  2019
Deadline for submitting the following to SSS:

1. Complete your online Personal Financial Statement (PFS) at sss.nais.org using the JCHS School Code 2516. You will be given a password in order to access your PFS at a later date.

2. Upload 2017 Federal Form 1040 with applicable schedules C, D, & E, and 2017 Form W-2s.

If you prefer to mail your tax documents, please do the following: 
Print the SSS cover sheet at sss.nais.org
Mail the cover sheet and required forms to:
SSS by NAIS
Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 449 
Randolph, MA 02368-0449

If you have questions about applying or submitting forms to SSS, you can visit the SSS Resource Page or contact them directly at 800.344.8328.

Thursday,  March 21,  2019
Flexible tuition decisions are mailed to new students along with Admissions decision letters.
Monday,  April 15,  2018
Deadline for submitting the following to SSS:

1. Upload 2018 Federal Form 1040 with applicable schedules C, D, & E, and 2018 Form W-2s.

If you prefer to mail your tax documents, please do the following: 
Print the SSS cover sheet at sss.nais.org
Mail the cover sheet and required forms to:
SSS by NAIS
Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 449 
Randolph, MA 02368-0449

Frequently Asked Questions:

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the full tuition and what are the fees for the 2018-19 year?

    Full tuition for the 2018-19 year is $47,095.

    In addition, there is a Shabbaton fee of $150 and Parent Association dues of $72. There are no fees for costs such as athletic uniforms, textbooks, and school-provided equipment.

    Families may opt into our kosher lunch program, and our transportation program, and may also wish to factor in costs such as experiential education Journeys, and specialized tutoring. Each student is required to bring their own laptop to JCHS.
  • How do I make tuition payments?

    JCHS offers three options for tuirion payment plans: 
     
    Annual payment: Tuition can be paid in full at the time of enrollment with no processing fee.
     
    Two semi-annual payments: Tuition can be paid in two installments through the FACTS service.
    This option requires a one-time $10 setup fee that is added to your total plan payment. We require a 10% deposit to be paid at the time of enrollment. Then one payment is due in July, with a second payment due in January.
     
    Monthly payments: Tuition may be paid in ten monthly installments debited from checking/savings through FACTS. This option requires a one-time $45 setup fee that is added to your total plan payment. We require a 10% deposit to be paid at the time of enrollment. Then monthly payments begin in July.
  • Will applying for flexible tuition affect my child’s chances of being admitted to JCHS?

    No.  An application for flexible tuition does not affect a student’s admission selection. The flexible tuition committee operates separately from the admissions office. Our selection of students is a "need-blind" process.
  • Are all students who are admitted also offered flexible tuition if they qualify?

    We encourage all families who feel they may qualify for our Flexible Tuition program to apply. Because financial aid decisions are made independently of the admissions process, and because our resources are limited, some students may be accepted for admission, but placed on a waitlist for flexible tuition. 
  • When will decisions about flexible tuition be made?

    Notice of flexible tuition decisions will accompany letters of acceptance to the JCHS, which will be mailed on March 21, 2019 and sent electronically on March 22, 2019.
  • Do we have to re-apply for flexible tuition every year?

    Yes. Flexible tuition is based on your family's financial need.  We ask that you reapply  each year so that we can verify your current needs.
  • Is there a maximum income level that will disqualify me from receiving flexible tuition?

    No.  JCHS does not have an income limit for flexible tuition since every family’s situation is different. We evaluate the need of each family based on their application and make our decisions accordingly.
  • How are flexible tuition applications handled in situations where parents are separated, divorced, remarried, or cohabitants?

    JCHS considers all available sources of financial support when making flexible tuition decisions. Both the custodial and non-custodial parents are required to complete a flexible tuition application. The award process cannot be completed without full information from both parents. 
  • I work for myself and my income can vary each year. Does this impact my application?

    Decisions for 2019-2020 will be based on 2017 income. You may submit a letter explaining your specific extenuating circumstances to the JCHS flexible tuition committee if you feel that you will be experiencing changes in your income during the 2019-2020 school year that are not reflected in your 2017 and 2018 income as reported in the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) and as verified by your 2017 and 2018 tax returns.  

    If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Allison Brown at 415.694.5775 or abrown@jchsofthebay.org.
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Phone: 415.345.9777
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The Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) is a unique college preparatory high school committed to integrating deep learning, universal wisdom, and Jewish values. We empower each student to embrace her or his Jewish identity, generate empathy and compassion, delight in lifelong education, and improve the world.