Application Fee Waivers

If you would like to request a need-based waiver for our admissions application fee or the ISEE/SSAT test, please contact Kimberly Cummings ( in our office. Hackley does not offer a fee waiver for the evaluation fee ($90) required for Kindergarten and 1st-grade applicants.


Applying to Hackley

Financial Aid Requirements

We recognize that applying for financial aid can be a complex process, one which asks families to share information that would typically remain private. We fully acknowledge the potential stress this process may create and strive to do all that we can to keep the process organized and transparent. Our goal is to develop as clear an understanding as possible of your family’s specific circumstances so we can best support your children’s experiences here at Hackley.
We encourage you to review the key application components and deadlines below. If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please contact Kimberly Cummings, our Financial Aid Coordinator, at (914) 366-2673 or Madeleine B. Metzler, our Director of Financial Aid, at (914) 366-2648 or

Financial Aid Milestones

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Beginning September 1, 2023

    Prospective Families: If you have not already done so, please indicate that you are interested in the possibility of need-based aid in your inquiry form or your admissions portal. This will ensure that you receive reminders about key financial aid information.
    Returning Families: If you already receive financial aid from Hackley, you will be asked to resubmit current financial documents and a revised PFS. Read on for more information. For current families interested in new financial aid awards, please contact Kimberly Cummings, our Financial Aid Coordinator, at (914) 366-2673 or Madeleine B. Metzler, our Director of Financial Aid, at (914) 366-2648 or
  • September 1, 2023 - Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) becomes available

    Hackley’s financial aid program employs School & Student Services (SSS) for Financial Aid. Each year, parents complete an online financial aid application, the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS); this information is then put through an objective need-analysis process by SSS, and the results are sent to Hackley. This analysis, combined with other information families provide, is used by our confidential Financial Aid Committee to make award decisions.
    The PFS is available at School & Student Services; Hackley financial aid applicants must complete the form online and submit it to SSS no later than Sunday, December 31, 2023. SSS will assess a fee of $60 per family for any number of children. Fee waivers for the PFS application will be given automatically when submitting the PFS, if you meet the income-based qualifications.
    Please note that if an applicant’s parents reside in different households, both parents must complete and submit separate Parent Financial Statements and supporting tax documents. We ask that you provide the most thorough and detailed information you can on your PFS in order to avoid delays in reviewing your application.
  • September 28, 2023 - Thursdays on the Hilltop: The Admissions and Financial Aid Application Process at Hackley 

    Please join us for a deep dive into the components of the admissions and financial aid application processes and a Q&A session with Meghan O'Callaghan, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management, and Madeleine Metzler, Director of Financial Aid. Please note: this event is NOT required as part of Hackley's Financial Aid process.

    If you would like to attend this virtual event you may sign up through your admissions portal. To begin, click here to complete our inquiry form. Once done, you will receive a confirmation email with the login and password for your Admissions portal account. If you have already completed an inquiry form you can log in here.

    If you have any questions please contact Kimberly Cummings (; 914-366-2673) in our Financial Aid Office.
  • December 31, 2023 – Parents’ Financial Statement and 2022 W2(s) and/or 1099(s) and Tax Returns Due

    This is the last day to complete and submit your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), 2022 W2(s) and/or 1099(s), and 2022 Tax Returns. ALL required tax documentation must be uploaded directly into SSS. This helps streamline the process for Hackley while reducing paper and further protecting your privacy.
    Tax returns, including all federal forms and schedules, must be signed, dated, and uploaded to SSS no later than today. If parents file separately, tax returns from both parents are required. If you do not have a scanner, you may send your documents directly to SSS and they will scan them for you. The address can be found on SSS’s website. You must include the cover sheet found in your portal.

    Parents new to Hackley’s financial aid program who are partners in a business or who own corporations must upload the last two years (2021 and 2022) of business tax returns to SSS, along with all schedules and attachments. In addition, you must upload the last two years of your personal tax returns (2021 and 2022 federal), including all attachments and schedules, to SSS.  Families continuing in the program need only upload the most recent returns.

    Similarly, parents new to the program whose individual tax return includes a Schedule C (and who are thus classified as sole proprietorships) will need to upload to SSS the last two years of individual returns (2021 and 2022 federal), including all attachments and schedules. Families already receiving aid need only upload the most recent returns.
    If the application, including PFS and all required tax returns, is incomplete, the file cannot be reviewed and no decision can be made for any potential award.
  • February 7, 2024 – 2023 W-2s and/or 1099s must be submitted by this date

    Use the instructions above to upload your documents directly into SSS.
  • April 15, 2024 - 2023 Tax Returns must be submitted by this date

    Tax returns, including all federal forms and schedules, must be signed, dated and uploaded to SSS no later than today. If you are a partner in a business or own a corporation, please upload to SSS the business tax returns as well. If you filed an extension please let Kimberly Cummings know and we will add a spot in your SSS account for you to upload the extension.
We realize that the process and documentation outlined above may not always provide the full context of an applicant family’s full financial condition. The Financial Aid Committee firmly believes that having the most accurate assessment possible of a family’s financial situation is critical to ensuring that the awards we make provide the best possible support for students here at Hackley.

To that end, the Committee reserves the right to request additional information to support any part of your financial aid application that will help further this goal. These supporting documents may include personal narratives, letters of support or attestation from those who know your family, or IRS form 4506 which recalls certified copies of tax document from the IRS directly.

Should the Committee make such a request in support of your application, we ask that you respond in a timely manner with the requested materials. Applications which do not have requested materials cannot be considered for review and adjudication of awards.
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