Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Tuition varies from school to school, and sometimes, from grade to grade. That said, it's universally expensive - and it generally increases on an annual basis. Personnel costs, i.e. salaries and benefits, are largely responsible for the steep price; independent schools are dedicated to providing the highest quality education, and they're best equipped to do so by compensating teachers who have earned graduate degrees and garnered extensive classroom experience. Tuition covers a significant portion of the cost structure, while fundraising, endowments, and other sources of revenue are responsible for the balance. 

Some schools also charge fees for aspects of programming, such as:  

  • Application fee and required admissions testing 
  • Books and supplies 
  • Extended hours (early drop-off, late pick-up)
  • Extracurricular activities (athletics, clubs, field trips)
  • Meals 
  • Technology (computers or tablets, software fees) 
  • Transportation 
  • Uniform 

These additional expenses may be a requirement, or they may be dependent on elective participation; contact each school for details. 

All About Financial Aid

As of 2023, more than 25% of independent school students receive some form of financial aid. Note that this aid is not a loan; it will not have to be paid back by the family.

NOTE: While some schools exclusively offer need-based financial aid, others may offer scholarships based on other criteria, sibling discounts, tuition payment plans, and so on. ISAAGNY encourages you to contact each school to learn more.