TUITION ASSISTANCE APPLICATION
If interested in enrolling in our program and applying for tuition assistance, please contact us to request an admission application, inquire about cost, learn about tuition assistance eligibility requirements and schedule a tour BEFORE proceeding with the following steps in the tuition assistance application process.
Bend Forest School uses School & Student Services to process tuition assistance applications and determine tuition assistance amounts. We suggest reviewing the following steps well in advance in order to better ensure your application and supporting tax documents are submitted by the term deadline. We guarantee that all financial materials provided remain under strict confidentiality.
Create an Online Account
Click on link below and type in school code when prompted. Our school code is 200642
If access to a computer is limited, please contact us and we'll be happy to assign a support person to assist you in completing all the steps.
Complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS)
Once you have created an online account, you'll complete your Parent Financial Statement (PFS). This statement gathers information about your family's size and number of children enrolled, income, and expenses which is used to estimate the total amount your family can contribute towards the cost of tuition. SSS uses this information, in conjunction to the tax information submitted, to determine the amount of tuition assistance awarded based on available funding.
Please note that only those within our BFS Tuition Committee will view TA applications. We choose to work with a third party software in order to maintain our families privacy best we can while also ensuring funding is distributed equitably.
Submit Application Fee Payment
The fee to submit the application is $60, for any number of applicant children. Please contact the Administrative Coordinator to request a fee waiver if meeting this requirement is difficult for your family. Once payment has been submitted, we cannot issue a refund. This is the only fee associated with the SSS application process. The deadline for completeing this step is February 8, 2023.
Upload Supporting Tax Documents
After you pay the application fee and submit your PFS, you'll have access to the PFS Online section called "Manage Documents."
Please then upload the following required documents to complete your submission:
2022 1040 with all filed schedules and attachments
2023 1040 with all filed schedules and attachments
2023 Form W-2 (s)
2023 Form 1099
IMPORTANT: Without these documents we cannot process your application, so please be mindful in allocating enough time to gather them! The deadline for completing this step is May 1, 2023.
Allow Time for Processing
Once you have completed your PFS and uploaded your tax documents, please allow for up to 2 weeks for SSS to process your application. A member of our team will contact you directly once your application is processed.
Your family could qualify for a scholarship in addition to receiving tuition assistance through our affiliated nonprofit organization, Bend Forest School Foundation, or if you are an incoming family who's applied for enrollment after the cutoff date for tuition assistance. Individual scholarship amounts and the number of scholarships awarded are contingent on what funds are available within the foundation at the time of inquiry. Scholarships are capped at $2,000. To be considered for a scholarship, please contact the foundation's Executive Director for more information.
CHILDREN'S SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Additionally, the Children’s Scholarship Fund-Oregon provides children of low-income families with tuition assistance in grades K-8 and can be obtained in conjunction with a scholarship from Bend Forest School Foundation for families who qualify. CSF - Oregon supports expanding educational opportunities for all children and awards scholarships between $1,500 and $1,700 on average per child per year. Scholarships are capped at $2,000.
View more information on how to apply here.