Tuition and Fees
Schedule A Payment Plan (1 payment):
Annual Enrollment Fees: $2,410
Tuition covers all academic, athletic and arts programs, along with most field trips, comprehensive college placement counseling, and our twice-annual, week-long Expeditionary Learning program.
Tuition does not include lunch or transportation to or from school.
We care deeply about our families, and understand that financing an independent education is a major investment in your child’s future. Tuition at The Grauer School consistently remains below regional independent prep school norms. Interestingly, the average Grauer senior receives equivalent to much of their tuition “back” in merit-based college scholarship offers.
The mission of our financial aid program is to provide educational opportunities for exceptional students who represent our core values: resourcefulness, perseverance, accountability, self-advocacy, intellectual curiosity, and compassion. We offer assistance based on a combination of financial need, academic scholarship, and demonstrated leadership, with the understanding that financial aid increases access to our school and enriches the experience of every member of the Grauer community.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
The Grauer School uses School and Student Services, SSS, which is a service of NAIS, the National Association of Independent Schools. Applications for new and returning financial aid applicants for the 2018/29 school year will be available on October 2, 2017 and are due on February 2, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered on a funds available basis. Click here to view information about the financial aid application process using SSS in our Financial Aid flyer.
For more information about SSS and completing your financial aid application, please refer to the SSS Parent Financial Statement Workbook and Instruction Booklet.
Please click here to apply for Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 school year.
Financial Aid Application Steps
- Create an account on SSS and complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online.
- Upload copies of your 2016 Federal Tax form (1040) and any estimated changes in your 2017 Federal Tax form. Be sure to include all schedules filed as well as your W-2 forms. You will need to submit your 2017 tax documents by March 1, 2018.
- Complete and upload the supplemental form, which contains questions specific to The Grauer School.
- If applicable, non-custodial parents should also complete a PFS and submit corresponding tax forms.
- What is financial aid?
- Who qualifies for financial aid?
- How are financial recipients chosen?
- How much aid can I expect to receive?
- Do I need to reapply for financial aid every year?
- What are the most common reasons for denial of financial aid?
- What about stay-at-home parents?
- What is the deadline for submitting our forms?
- Will my records be kept confidential?
Major factors in determining financial aid include, but are not limited to, income and assets (home equity, investments, etc.) as well as character and scholastic performance.
The Grauer School locates promising students of high character and, from there, uses the PFS estimate of family contribution as a guideline to determine financial need. The financial aid committee also requires prior year tax forms, W-2 forms, and answers to additional questions specific to The Grauer School. In review of applications, the financial aid committee differentiates between discretionary and non-discretionary income.
The Grauer School uses the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) estimate of family contribution as a guideline in making awards. From there, we consider areas such as leadership, scholastic performance, character, and service. Recipients are generally exemplary students and citizens, and their parents routinely donate “in kind” services to the school.
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 Financial Aid Committee may impute an income equal to one tuition for the non-working parent who is not disabled or does not have extenuating circumstances.
For more information about our financial aid program, or for assistance with SSS, please contact Tricia Valeski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Admissions office at (760) 274-2116.