Independent Schools

Tuition and Financial Aid

Independent Schools make financial aid available because they hope to attract socioeconomic diversity among their students and families in the interest of providing a learning environment that exposes students to a wide range of views and life experiences. Nevertheless there is an expectation that families will finance their children's education to the extent that they are able.

  • Need-Based Award: Financial Aid applications are designed to determine a family's eligibility for a need-based award. Most Independent Schools use the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) provided by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). This NAIS-owned service is the primary vehicle for determining the amount a family can pay.

  • Merit Awards: Some Independent Schools grant merit awards designated for students with exceptional academic, athletic or artistic talent. If you think your child has such talent, ask the schools where you are considering applying if they have merit-based awards.

  • Tuition Loan Programs or Tuition Payment Plans: These programs/plans are often available to assist families in paying partial or full tuition. Ask the financial aid officer or the admission director about these programs or plans.

  • Primary Tuition Scholarship:  If you are a full-time salaried officers of instruction, research, administration, or the library, or if you are a member of the United Doctors Association (UDA), tuition for your children or the children of your spouse or same sex domestic partner may be partially funded by the Primary Tuition Scholarship (PTS) program from kindergarten through eighth grade.

    Your children may be your biological or adopted child, or the natural or adopted children of your spouse or same-sex domestic partner.

    PTS pays varying percentages of school tuition, depending on your family income, as long as you and your children live within the five boroughs of New York City, and the school is within the five boroughs.

    Tuition is defined as the portion of the bill that covers the academic program. Other fees (e.g. for extra-curricular activities or materials) are not covered, even if the bill from the school combines them with "tuition."

    For information on eligibility and the PTS program, refer to Primary Tuition Scholarship (PTS) Benefit.  

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