TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-18
|PreK 3s and 4s: Full day||$21,000|
PreK 3s: Half days
|Grade 1 through Grade 3||$37,300|
|Grade 4 and Grade 5||$38,450|
|Grade 7 through Grade 8||$39,950|
|Grade 9 through Grade 12||$41,000|
Tuition covers expenses for all courses, most athletics, and other activities normally offered during the school day. Non-tuition fees, such as charges for certain class trips, after school activities, technology, Upper School textbooks and miscellaneous activities, are billed separately. All Lower School students must purchase uniforms through our designated uniform provider. Upper School students are expected to purchase or provide supplies such as notebooks and binders and appropriate clothing to abide within dress code. Lower School students provide some supplies.
After financial assistance awards, actual out of pocket tuition and fees have typically ranged from $5,000 to $43,000. Tuition obligations are incurred for the full academic year and are payable in one, two or ten installments.
Please contact our Business Office with questions.
The lifelong value of an independent school education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of financial resources. The Stanwich community is enriched by the enrollment of families from a full spectrum of economic circumstances and welcomes applications from families without regard to their ability to pay. Stanwich attempts to set tuition for students of deserving character and academic promise at a level they can afford. Approximately 80% of the Stanwich families sacrifice to pay tuition at the highest level while others equitably contribute at reduced levels to reflect their financial ability. With approximately $2 million available annually to bridge the difference between the tuition families are able to pay and the full cost of a Stanwich education, we are committed to making our school as accessible as possible.
The Stanwich School does not award scholarships, rather we provide assistance in the form of Financial Aid. Families with a wide range of incomes may qualify for Financial Aid. Awards are need-based and take into account circumstances that are unique to each family. We are always happy to answer parent questions and to discuss individual circumstances. We expect parents to fully and honestly share information and details on all Financial Aid forms. Families that receive financial aid contribute some financial support for their child’s independent school education.
As you begin the application process, please note the following policies and perspectives:
- The financial assistance process provides an equal and fair means to evaluate financial need and is based on an individual family’s need. No award is made on the basis of a student’s academic, athletic, or other talents.
- While family income is an important consideration in the size of the grant, factors such as assets, liabilities and the expenses for other children in other schools or colleges are considered.
- All parents of each financial assistance applicant are expected to complete forms and to support the applicant financially to the extent of their ability that they can. Most often, both parents will hold full time employment to fund these educational costs to the best of their abilities before seeking financial assistance from the school. It is assumed that families who apply for aid from Stanwich will not have extensive assets or memberships in clubs that require recurring dues and fees.
- First priority for financial assistance grants goes to students who have been enrolled at Stanwich for one or more years, whose accounts are current and who have committed to the School for the next school year. We understand that families sometimes feel the need to evaluate other opportunities and options to determine what is best for their children’s education. While we respect this decision, we are unable to hold financial aid priority for students that are not able to commit to the package during the first round timing (contracts for new families are due March 7th, 2018). However, those students may be considered for aid if funds are available.
- The amount and number of financial assistance grants are subject to the availability of funds. Late applications may result in a reduced grant or no grant, although there is no guarantee that funds will be available for applications submitted before the deadline.
- Financial assistance application forms must be submitted each year. Families can expect the same level of support throughout each child’s years at Stanwich if demonstrated need remains the same. Conversely, financial assistance is likely to change if the family situation changes significantly.
- Financial assistance awards will be reconsidered annually and may be modified or withdrawn should a student’s academic or personal standing change.
- Applying for financial assistance has no bearing on the Admissions Committee’s decision regarding acceptance to the school.
- All applications for financial assistance are held in strictest confidence. Only members of the Financial Aid Committee have access to records.
The Stanwich School is committed to admitting children of any race, color, nationality, ethnic origin and any religious preferences to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Stanwich School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or any religious preference in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.
The Stanwich School partners with School and Student Services (SSS) By NAIS in our financial assistance process. To begin the annual financial assistance application, parents will complete SSS’s Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). Completing the PFS online will help Stanwich make financial assistance decisions more quickly.
The PFS is a comprehensive application that requires some time to complete. Therefore parents should begin the process as much in advance of the deadlines as possible. You’ll need your most recent tax return before beginning the PFS. We also recommend that you review the informational of materials, downloads and webinars that SSS has put together to help families with the financial assistance process. They can be found at the NAIS website.
How to Complete and Process the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) Online
- Beginning as early as November 1, 2017 go the SSS by NAIS Website.
- Click on the green “Apply Now” button to enter the PFS Online.
- Create your PFS Online account with your email address and a password. Enter the school code for Stanwich 1733. If you applied for financial assistance last year, simply login to the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year.
- Begin a PFS for Academic Year 2018-19. Download the PFS Online Workbook and refer to on-screen help for guidance along the way. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time, then return later to complete it or make changes.
- Please be sure to include all Non-Taxable information, such as 401(k), 403(b) plans, Fringe Benefits (Life, Disability, Dependent Care, Medical Reimbursement, Health Spending Accounts, Medical/Dental Premiums etc.). Do NOT leave blank.
- After you have pressed submit, you’ll be brought to a payment screen. The fee of $48 is nonrefundable. Submit your PFS and payment. SSS will automatically apply fee waivers for families with demonstrated need.
- After submitting your PFS, please view or print your Family Report to confirm all information is correct.
Upload Required Documents Directly to SSS
- All required documents listed below must be uploaded directly to SSS.
- 2016 Tax Return (if not submitted previously), with all schedules and W-2s/1099s (1040, 1040A or 1040EZ).
- A copy of your December 2017 paystub.
- 2016 Tax Return (when completed), with all schedules and W-2’s/1099s (1040, 1040A or 1040EZ).
- SSS Business/Farm Statement, if applicable. Please note as of 2015, this document is included in the PFS itself and is no longer a separate document.
- IRS Form 4506T
If you are unable to complete the PFS online, please contact the Business Office directly.