Tuition Assistance and Grants

Purpose of Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance enables The Bear Creek School to enroll mission-fit students who would not otherwise have access to an independent school education because of financial constraints. Our tuition assistance program assists families with domestic students in grades K – 12.

In the 2021 – 2022 academic year, Bear Creek awarded over $2.4 million in need-based assistance to approximately 22% of the student population.

Tuition Assistance Estimators

The Tuition Assistance Estimators provide interested families with income benchmarks of how much tuition they might pay at Bear Creek. Please be advised that they are just estimates, and all awards are based on the output of the NAIS SSS tuition assistance application.

Tuition Assistance Application

Financial Aid Application

Complete the online financial aid application on the School & Student Services website. Log in to the Family Portal; our school code is 1165. Please note that there is a $55 fee assessed by SSS at the time of application.

  • Current Families: Submit your online SSS application on or before January 10, 2022.
  • New Applicant Families: Applying for admission to The Bear Creek School and applying for tuition assistance are two separate processes. The tuition assistance application must be submitted at the same time you submit your child’s application for admission. Tuition assistance is awarded on an annual basis and must be re-applied for each year (although current students are offered re-enrollment every year).

Please upload the required additional documents to the SSS website per their instructions with your application (see FAQ for details). Your final award is dependent on receiving these required documents.

SSS Resources

Cornerstone Grant

These grants are awarded to new and returning domestic families who do not meet the threshold for tuition assistance, but still have demonstrated financial need and meet certain awarding criteria. All who apply for Tuition Assistance are automatically reviewed for eligibility for a Cornerstone Grant. For yearly grant consideration, recipients reapply for tuition assistance and may continue to qualify for eligibility based on an annual review of their tuition assistance application, updated financial information, and a review of new or ongoing circumstances.

Sibling Subsidy

A Sibling Subsidy is available to families with more than one domestic student in grades K – 12. Print a Sibling Subsidy Form or pick one up in the main office. A 2.5% sibling subsidy is available upon hand delivered receipt of the Sibling Subsidy Request Form to Accounts Receivable in the Main Building at Redmond Campus. Sibling subsidy requests must be received by February 2, 2022.

Sibling Subsidy Form


Please email with any other questions you may have about our tuition assistance program or to schedule an appointment with the Business Office.

Confidentiality Statement

Bear Creek will treat as confidential all financial information provided by families. Only the Tuition Assistance Committee will review this information. The identity of all students receiving tuition assistance will be held in strict confidence.