Tuition & Financial Aid

Affording New Canaan Country School

At New Canaan Country School, we believe that the cost of an independent school education should not be a deterrent to any prospective student or family. We also believe that socio-economic diversity enriches the educational experience for all families.

Country School seeks the most qualified students for our program, regardless of a family’s financial circumstances. All financial aid awards are determined on a need-basis; we do not offer merit scholarships. 

Families with a wide range of incomes are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Grants are based on circumstances unique to each family, and the confidential process takes into account many variables including household income, assets, liabilities, discretionary income and the number of children attending tuition-charging schools.

Admission to the school and the granting of financial aid are two separate processes. Please make note of the different application deadlines and documentation requirements.

We are always happy to discuss your individual circumstances with you should you have questions concerning eligibility for financial aid. Please feel free to call the Financial Aid Office (203) 801-5608. 

Financial Aid by the Numbers

  • $5 million in financial aid is awarded annually
  • Approximately 26% of students receive need-based financial aid
  • The average grant is $35,000 against an average tuition of $39,600
  • Grants range from $5,000 to nearly full tuition plus fees

How to Apply for Financial Aid

New Canaan Country School uses the School and Student Service (SSS) Financial Aid application to determine a family’s eligibility for aid and to calculate the resulting award. 

  • Please carefully review our Financial Aid procedures
  • Beginning Oct. 2, 2020, you can begin to complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online by visiting the SSS Family Portal.
  • A Spanish-language version of the PFS is also available. 
  • As part of the application process, families are required to submit their most recent 1040 Income Tax Returns and W-2 forms to SSS. 
  • The New Canaan Country School SSS code is 5302.
There is a $55 application fee. Fee waivers are available from SSS for families that qualify. Click here to learn more.

2020-2021 NCCS Tuition

$25,610   Beginners 3/4

$29,470   Beginners 4/5

$40,920  Kindergarten

$40,920   Grades 1-4 

$42,350   Grades 5-6

$43,580   Grades 7-9

Tuition rates are established by the Board of Trustees in January for the following school year. These rates are included with the enrollment contract each family receives upon acceptance to Country School.

Additional Charges

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Lunch

    Families are charged $1,400 for lunch per child - available for Grades 1-9 only. Tuition includes a charge for milk for all children and snacks for younger children. Beginners who stay for the afternoon program and all Kindergarteners bring their own lunch. 

  • Transportation

    Children ages 4 and above are eligible to ride the bus; the anticipated bus charge is $2,500 for those living outside of New Canaan; the charge for those living in New Canaan is less – estimated at $1,500, since the town is required to contribute toward the cost of transportation for all town residents. The policy of the school is to charge all families for our bus service if they live near the scheduled routes. Only those who live close enough to school to walk safely or who live beyond the borders of our bus system are exempt from this charge. Exceptions may be made for eligible Beginners and Kindergarten children whose parents may choose not to have their child use the bus. This mandatory-fee policy has been adopted by the Board so that Country School can be a regional school, not just local, school, with all parents sharing the expense for transportation and thereby holding the per-child cost to a minimum.
  • Miscellaneous

    Charges for trips, skating, and various activities are billed throughout the year as the events occur.

FA Application Deadlines

  • Currently-enrolled families must complete financial aid applications by December 1
  • Applicant families must complete financial aid applications by January 15

Financial Aid FAQs

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Does financial aid cover expenses beyond tuition?

    Yes, financial aid is awarded as a direct grant against annual expenses for tuition, transportation, lunch, and Extended Day costs. Families receiving need-based financial aid also receive proportionate discounts toward other school-related costs such as extended-day, class trips, instrument rentals, laptop purchases, etc.
  • Do I need to apply for financial aid every year?

    Yes, while we are committed to renewing financial aid annually assuming that a family’s circumstances are largely the same, we nonetheless require families to submit financial aid application forms each year in order to capture the most accurate information.  If you are a Country School family currently receiving financial aid and wish to reapply for the 2021-22 school year, you must submit a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) on the SSS Family Portal by the deadline of December 1.

    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.
  • Are there payment plans available?

    We offer three payment plan options to all families:
    1 Month: Payment in full via Smart Tuition due by July 15
    2 Month: Interest-free semi-annual payments via Smart Tuition due by July 15 and November 15
    9 Month: Interest-free monthly payment plan which allows you to spread your child’s education expenses over 9 monthly installments, beginning on May 15  and ending on January 15.
  • How does Country School work with divorced or separated parents?

    Parents who are divorced or separated must each complete the Financial Aid Application provided by SSS. If either parent is remarried, the assets of the stepparent are also considered.
  • Who will know that my family is applying for financial aid?

    All applications for financial aid are held in strictest confidence. Only members of the Financial Aid Committee have access to this information. 
  • If our family does not receive financial aid, but we enroll our child at NCCS, may we apply for financial aid in future years?

    If a family does not apply for or did not qualify for financial aid upon admission to the School, financial aid will only be awarded in subsequent years if the family experiences a significant change in circumstances. Examples include an employment change, a large decrease in income, an increase in the number of children attending tuition-charging institutions, or a medical issue.

    If you are a current Country School family and are interested in applying for financial aid for the first time, please contact Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid Pam Safford regarding next steps, (203) 801-5628 or
  • What if any parent is not working?

    Typically the Financial Aid Committee will impute a wage for a parent who is not currently employed. However, the committee makes exceptions when a spouse has a significant reason for being unemployed, such as having non-school aged children at home, having children and/or parents who require substantial assistance, or is unable to work due to a medical condition.
  • Can I get a loan to pay the tuition?

    While New Canaan Country School does not offer loans to parents, a loan program is available through Your Tuition Solution. Information can be found at or by calling (800) 920-9777.
New Canaan Country School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin and are afforded all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid policies or any other school-administered programs.