Financial Aid | Portland Progressive School | Summa Academy

2016-17 School Year

Thank you for considering Summa Academy for your student and your family.
We maintain a healthy financial aid program as we are committed to socioeconomic diversity within our student body. We do all we can to work with families who really want to be here. The following process ensures that Summa Academy’s financial aid committee tracks, reviews, and awards aid equitably and efficiently.

The committee will consider only those applications that are complete and filed on time. We urge you to fully disclose your financial situation to avoid delay in reviewing your application. Families with complicated or unusual financial situations may be asked to provide supplemental information or to meet with Amber Kara, Summa Academy Director.

How Decisions Are Made
All decisions related to school tuition will be made by the Scholarship Committee. For 2016-2017, this committee is composed of Ba Luvmour (Headmaster), Amber Kara (Director of Summa Academy), and John Warton (Admissions Officer). Decisions about financial aid are made by the Scholarship Committee after reports have been received from SSS. Decisions will be based on these reports, as well as supplementary information provided by the family, and our assessment of a family’s suitability for the Summa program. Decisions will be made on an ongoing basis. If for any reason your application for financial aid is denied, and your family decides not to enroll due to this factor alone, deposits made to Summa Academy will be returned in full by September 1st, 2016. Note that SSS application fees are non-refundable.

Step 1 (required): Complete the School and Student Services (SSS) Parent Financial Statement (PFS) online by April 30.

To ensure consistent, fair treatment of all financial aid applicants, we use an outside company to determine a family’s eligibility. School and Student Services (SSS) by NIAS has been helping schools help families since 1955. Go to sss.nais.org/parents

  • Now accepting applications for the 2016-17 year.
  • You will need Summa Academy’s school code: 189670
  • Complete only one PFS per household even if you have severa`l children applying for financial aid.
  • You will be given a password that will allow you to return to your PFS at a later date prior to submitting it.
  • Be sure to explain all circled items in the PFS.
  • The cost of the PFS is $0-49 sliding scale. SSS determines your fee based on information you enter into their system.
  • Your information is secure and confidential.
  • Please note: For two-household families, both parents are required to complete a PFS even if only one parent contributes to tuition.

Step 2 (required if you are self-employed or own a farm): Complete and upload the Business or Farm Statement to SSS.
Deadline: with your PFS

Step 3 (optional): Personal Statement
Deadline: with your PFS

Submit a brief personal statement in the comments section of the PFS explaining any special circumstances or information not otherwise reflected in the PFS about why your family is applying for financial aid. You may also choose to submit your personal statement in a letter directly to Amber Kara or John Warton.
Deadline: with your PFS

Step 4 (required): Submit completed 2015 tax documents
Please include W-2 and/or 1099 statements and the 1040 form with all applicable schedules showing income, by one of the following methods.
Deadline: with your PFS

  • Preferred method: Upload required documents directly to SSS, which enables you to track the status of your application online. Instructions can be found under “Manage my documents” in the PFS Online Workbook.
  • Drop off at Summa, attn: Amber Kara.
  • Please note: Electronic signatures via Turbo Tax or other tax software are acceptable.
  • If necessary, you may send your tax documents to SSS by mail:

School and Student Services by NAIS
Application Processing Center
P O Box 449
Randolph, MA 02368-0449


Attach an SSS coversheet to all mailed documents

Financial aid award letters will be mailed out as decisions are made.

Aid applications submitted after April 30, 2016 will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and awarded based on aid available and on need.

Helpful Links
PFS Instruction Booklet provides question-by-question help
PFS Online Workbook for help on uploading documents and other online tips