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Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Financial Aid

Choosing an independent school is a long-term investment in your child’s future. It’s likely that you have many motivations for investing in private school education—including a dynamic curriculum, rich arts and technologies, and small class sizes. When you choose Trevor, that list extends considerably further: Expert faculty, college-level coursework, collaborative classrooms and common spaces, stellar visual arts, music, performing arts, and athletic programs, state-of-the-art facilities, and exceptional college guidance are some of the many benefits Trevor students enjoy.

Trevor’s tuition encompasses the vast majority of what a student requires to participate in an engaging daily educational experience—including books, supplies, field trips, athletics equipment and uniforms, yearbooks, community breakfasts, and healthy snacks and lunch. Additionally, all 5th–12th grade students also need a laptop computer and related software. The cost ranges from $400 to $1,200, depending on the student’s grade level.

Payment Plan

An optional nine-month payment plan, administered by FACTS, is available to all families.

Tuition for 2019–2020 Academic Year
  • Nursery (Half Day)
  • Nursery (Full Day)
  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 through 4
  • Grades 5 through 12
  • $ 23,600
  • $ 30,600
  • $ 30,600
  • $ 50,900
  • $ 51,800
  • $ 52,600

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Program is a vital tool that helps us to welcome a diversity of perspectives and experiences within the Trevor community, so the school can best reflect our multicultural and socioeconomically diverse city. Trevor’s Financial Aid Program offers support to qualified families who cannot afford the full tuition; it is available for students in Nursery through 12th Grade. Financial Aid is need-based; awards are made as a percentage of tuition. Financial Aid is also available toward the purchase of a student’s school laptop computer, domestic and international travel, and most Trevor AfterSchool programs. Each year, the Financial Aid Program grants more than $6 million in awards, which support 21% of Trevor students.  
 
For all questions, contact Sarah Lafferty, Director of Lower School Admissions & Financial Aid and Karyn Delay, Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions & Financial Aid at finaid@trevor.org.

Financial Aid Procedures

List of 4 items.

  • Reply “Yes” to the admissions application question, “Will your family be applying for Financial Aid?”

    To be considered for aid, your admissions application must indicate that your family is applying for Financial Aid. (Please contact the Admissions office to obtain a fee-waiver code.)
  • Complete a TADS Application

    The TADS application is available at www.mytads.com. When you begin the TADS application, you will be given a username and password that will allow you to return to your application prior to submission. Detailed information about the application process and the financial evaluation of applications is available at www.tads.com. For questions, please contact TADS at help@tads.com.

    You need to complete only one TADS application even if you have more than one child applying to Trevor or if your child(ren) is(are) applying to multiple schools that require a TADS application. Select Trevor Day School as one of the schools to which the TADS Financial Aid Summary Report will be sent. There is a single fee of $34 for submitting a TADS application, regardless of how many schools receive the Financial Aid Summary Report.

    Please note that while there is a fee waiver for Trevors Admissions application, no fee waivers are granted for TADS applications.

    All forms and documents are due by December 1, except the 2019 Federal Tax Return, which is due April 15, 2020.
  • Submit Supporting Documents

    In addition to the TADS application, TADS and Trevor require the following supporting documents: 
    • 2018 Federal Tax Return (IRS 2017 Form 1040, W2s, and all supporting schedules)
    • 2019 Federal Tax Return (IRS 2018 Form 1040, W2s, and all supporting schedules)
    • 2018 and 2019 Partnership/sole proprietorship and/or corporate returns (if applicable)
    • A copy of each parent’s or guardians most recent pay stub
    • Documentation for all other sources of income (Social Security, public assistance, food stamps, unemployment compensation, child support, workers compensation, etc.)
    All forms and documents are due by December 1st—except the 2019 Federal Tax Return, which is due by April 15, 2020.
  • Submit IRS Form 4506

    Print and sign IRS Form 4506 (Request for Copy of Tax Return), but do NOT date the form. Forward the form with an original signature directly to TADS either as a PDF or via fax to 612.548.3326. The form can be downloaded from the IRS website.

    All forms and documents are due by December 1st—except the 2019 Federal Tax Return, which is due by April 15, 2020.

Financial Aid FAQs

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What is financial aid?

    Financial aid is based on a family’s ability to pay. Trevor Day School considers financial need to be the difference between what it costs to attend Trevor and a family’s ability to pay tuition; financial aid is not a loan. Through its Financial Aid Program, the School supports students from families who are unable to pay the full tuition. Financial aid awards are based on a percentage of tuition and not a set dollar amount, and awards are given after a family has completed the financial aid application process and has been deemed qualified. Because awards are based on a percentage of tuition, the amount a family pays each year is likely to increase proportionally to increases in tuition.
  • How often does tuition increase and by how much? How will this increase impact our financial aid award?

    Historically, tuitions at New York City independent schools have increased each year by approximately 5% in order to cover increasing personnel and program costs. The Financial Aid Committee assumes that a family’s income also increases on an annual basis, and therefore the financial aid percentage a family receives generally remains the same from year to year.
  • How do we know if we qualify for financial aid? Who is awarded financial aid?

    Few families find it “easy” to pay independent school tuition. Most families adjust their spending priorities, maximize parents’ earnings, and carefully manage assets to do so. Providing firm guidelines to help a family decide whether to apply for financial aid is difficult because each family’s combination of circumstances is different. The Financial Aid Committee’s awards are based on many different factors. Among those factors considered are income, assets (including home equity, college funds and investments), family size, and the number of children attending tuition charging institutions. If a family thinks they will need financial aid, they must apply for financial aid when they submit their initial application.
  • Should we delay applying for financial aid until after our child has been enrolled at Trevor?

    No. Financial aid will not be available to families if they have enrolled at Trevor without financial aid. Trevor assumes families applying for admission have honestly and carefully evaluated their own capacity to pay tuition. In addition, the School seriously considers each family’s financial picture when deciding on financial aid awards and assumes each family has provided an honest assessment of their ability to pay tuition.
  • How does the Financial Aid Committee determine our financial aid award?

    Families submit a TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services) application online directly to TADS.  Separated and/or divorced parents must each submit a TADS application.  Domestic partners, step-parents and non-custodial parents must also submit financial information.  TADS uses the submitted information to generate a Financial Aid  Report that summarizes a family’s financial situation.  Trevor’s Financial Aid Office uses this information, in addition to other factors, to determine a family’s financial aid award.  Procedures for applying for financial aid are detailed in the section Procedures for Applying for Financial Aid.
  • When are we notified of the Financial Aid Committee's decision?

    Families who have applied for financial aid will be notified of the Financial Aid Committee's decision at the same time families are notified of admission decisions.
  • What does Trevor expect of families and students who receive financial aid?

    Trevor expects all families to contribute to their child’s educational expenses, in an amount determined through the Financial Aid Committee’s review of a family’s circumstances. The school also expects all students—whether or not they receive Financial Aid—to maintain the strong academic and personal qualities that led to their admission. All families receiving Financial Aid from Trevor must annually submit a TADS application and the associated documentation of income and expenses. Finally, Trevor asks all students and families who receive Financial Aid to expect a rich and full Trevor educational experience equal to their community peers.
  • What must we do to continue receiving financial aid?

    All families who receive financial aid must submit financial aid paperwork each year they are enrolled at Trevor in order to continue receiving financial aid.  Failure to file a TADS application and supporting documentation to TADS by the deadlines will result in a returning student's loss of his or her award.  Deadlines for both applying and current families are noted on the Financial Aid Check-Off List.
  • What if a spouse does not work?

    Trevor believes that families should bear the primary responsibility for financing their children’s education and therefore we expect that both parents will contribute financially. Each application is evaluated individually in recognition that each family has unique details defining their financial circumstances.