At New Canaan Country School, we believe that economic diversity is essential to the educational experience for all families. It is a long-standing policy of the Board of Trustees that the cost of an independent school education should not be a deterrent to any prospective student or family. Country School offers need-based financial aid to highly-qualified students whose families need support to afford full tuition.
Admission and financial aid are two separate processes. Applying for financial aid has no bearing on the Admission Committee’s decision regarding acceptance into the school. Financial aid applications must be submitted by January 1. Financial aid applications received after January 1 will be considered on a funds-available basis.
Eligibility for Financial Aid
Families with a wide range of incomes may qualify for financial aid. Awards are based on circumstances unique to each family, and the process takes into account many variables. We are always happy to discuss your individual circumstances with you should you have questions concerning eligibility for financial aid.
All financial aid is based on an individual family’s need. No awards are made on the basis of a student’s academic, athletic, or other talents. Financial aid is awarded as a direct grant against annual expenses for tuition, transportation, lunch, and Extended Day costs.
While family income is an important consideration in the size of the grant, factors such as assets, liabilities, and the number of children in tuition-charging schools or colleges are also considered. Parents are expected to support the applicant financially to the extent they can.
An estimated potential salary based on education and previous work will be included in our financial aid calculations for any non-working (or employed less than half time) parent whose children are all of school age.
Financial aid application forms must be submitted each year. Families can expect the same level of support throughout each child’s years at Country School if their demonstrated need remains the same. The financial aid grant is likely to change if the family situation changes significantly. If a family does not qualify for financial aid upon admission, it is unlikely they will qualify in subsequent years unless there is a significant change in family finances.
All applications for financial aid are held in strictest confidence. Only members of the Financial Aid Committee have access to the records.
January 1: Applications for financial aid are due at School and Student Services (SSS).
April 15: Federal tax return for previous year is due at SSS.