Tuition and Financial Assistance

Tuition 2015-2016

Grades 7-10$22,583
Grades 11-12$23,361

(For International, ESL, or I-20 students, please call for pricing.)

Tuition includes all academic, athletic and arts programming, along with most field trips, comprehensive college placement counseling, and a twice-annual, week-long Expeditionary Learning program.  (Annual Enrollment Fee adds $1700-$2200.)

Tuition does not include lunch. Students may bring their own lunch or purchase it from our on-campus lunch vendor, Ki’s Natural of Cardiff.

Tuition also does not include transportation to or from school. Families are encouraged to carpool to conserve energy and resources. Parents have access to a message board to search for other families wishing to carpool.

Financial Aid
Financing an independent education is a major investment in your child’s future. At The Grauer School, we have a strong desire to serve all students and their families who can benefit from our program. Financial aid enriches the experience of every member of the Grauer community. The Grauer School offers financial aid based on a combination of financial need, academic scholarship, and demonstrated leadership.

When applying for financial aid, please be sure to complete all forms and meet all deadlines.

If you have additional questions about financial aid, please contact:

Sandy Merten
Associate Director of Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is financial aid?
Financial aid is a decrease of tuition costs, formulated on the basis of need. All families who receive aid qualify according to Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST).

Who can apply?
Any applicant for admission may apply for financial aid, but only those who have been accepted to The Grauer School will be considered.

How do I apply?
Returning and prospective families:


January 31st, 2015: Complete the FAST online application. The application can be completed and submitted online at the FAST website after November 1st.

Parent User Manual

January 31st, 2015: Send to FAST your 2014 Federal Tax Return, 2014 State Tax Return, all schedules, W-2s and proof of all other income (SSI, unemployment disability, child support, etc.)

Who qualifies for financial aid?
Major factors in determining financial aid include, but are not limited to, income and assets (home equity, investments, etc.). The Financial Aid Committee (FAC) reviews all forms. In review of financial aid applications, the committee differentiates between discretionary and non-discretionary income expenditures.

How are financial aid recipients chosen?
To help determine need, The Grauer School uses Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) by Independent School Management (ISM). The Grauer School uses the FAST estimate of family contribution as a guideline in making awards. Also required are the W-2 form(s), Income Tax Form 1040 (or appropriate form) for 1 tax year prior to the year the student’s financial aid begins. Recipients are normally exemplary students and citizens, and their parents routinely donate “in kind” services to the school.

How much aid can I expect to receive?
The FAC allocates rewards to those who demonstrate financial need. Families should expect to contribute at least 50% towards their child’s education. The total amount received will be based on financial need, academic scholarship, and demonstrated leadership.

What are the most common reasons for denial of financial aid?
Some of the most common reasons include, but are not limited to, non-receipt of recent tax documents, discretionary expenditures, and excessive net worth in the sole judgment of the FAC.

What about stay-at-home parents?
In the interest of equity and in concert with common independent school practice, if one parent elects to stay at home and not seek employment, the FAC may impute an income equal to one tuition for the non-working parent who is not disabled or does not have extenuating circumstances.

Is there a deadline?
The deadline to turn in financial aid forms to FAST, including tax returns, for all current and prospective students is January 31st, 2015.

Must I reapply for next year?
Yes. Financial aid is determined on a yearly basis. You will need to submit a FAST application and income tax return. Financial aid awards will not be made if the account carries an unresolved past due balance.

Will my records be kept confidential?
The FAC maintains strict confidentiality over financial aid files. Only those who are directly involved in the decision-making process and administration of financial aid have access to the information.