Yes, it required some sacrificing. Now, as I look back on her experience as a Saint and where she is today, it was absolutely worth the investment.
Tuition and Financial Assistance
At Stephen's and St. Agnes School, we are proud of what we offer as a mission-based coeducational, Episcopal day school for Early Saints (three year olds) - grade 12. We seek to enroll students of character with diverse interests, talents, and backgrounds.
While the cost of a St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School education is significant and an investment that requires careful financial consideration, we offer a number of options to help you meet the cost of this education. We firmly believe the value of a Saints education is a worthwhile investment that lasts a lifetime bringing returns throughout your child's life in the form of friendships, a network of mentors, and all the opportunities a well-balanced rigorous education affords. This financial decision requires each individual family to address their personal needs and priorities. This shared experience is a unifying factor among parents within our community. During your visit to our campus, we encourage you to ask us for more information about how you can make this opportunity a reality for your child and a financial possibility for your family.
Register to join us Nov 10 at 8pm for an online webinar about financial assistance
The Business Office works closely with families to help them budget annual tuition and fees. To assist families in managing payments, in addition to a full payment plan in July, we offer multiple payment plans tailored to your budget and tuition payments are conveniently made via automatic bank payments (direct debits) or by credit card.
Financial assistance at SSSAS is entirely need-based and available starting in Kindergarten, requiring an annual application to demonstrate continued need. Please note that financial assistance is not available for Early Saints or Junior Kindergarten students. SSSAS does not offer scholarships or other merit-based financial assistance.
St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School welcomes your interest in financial assistance. Through the generosity of donors and prioritization in our operating budget, SSSAS provides over $6,100,000 in financial assistance to 21% of our families who qualify to make possible a Saints education for their child. While SSSAS believes that the primary responsibility for paying tuition lies with the family, we stand ready to support those who need assistance.
The average family income for a family receiving assistance is $170,000. The overall average financial assistance grant is $24,878. Average grant by division is as follows:
Lower School - $18,715
Middle School - $27,281
Upper School - $28,266
These are just averages. There are families with smaller and greater incomes who receive grants and grants range from 5 to 90 percent of tuition. Even if you don’t think you will qualify but feel you need some level of assistance to attend SSSAS, we strongly encourage you to complete an application so you may be considered.
SSSAS partners with TADS, an industry-leader in independent schools in the analysis of financial assistance applications. TADS has been supporting schools and families for over 40 years across the country. TADS provides an objective, expert, and professional analysis of each family’s application and provides results directly to SSSAS.
In addition to assistance with the cost of tuition, SSSAS offers additional assistance, as needed, with books, trips, transportation, etc. An additional application is not required and supplemental funds are distributed at the discretion of SSSAS.
Even with assistance, as tuition increases each year, so will a family's expected contribution, typically in step with the same percentage as the tuition increase. SSSAS expects families to make paying tuition and considering all available resources as a priority in their family's financial planning. Financial assistance should be considered a last, not first, resource.
SSSAS reserves the right to award financial assistance in accordance with the enrollment priorities of the School. Absent any information not made available at the time of initial application, financial assistance decisions are considered final and may not be appealed. Questions may be directed to the Financial Assistance office via firstname.lastname@example.org.
An annual application is required to be considered for continued financial assistance. Financial assistance is not automatically renewed. Families applying past the deadline will receive, at the most, the same award as the previous year; no increases will be considered. Families applying more than one month late will be waitlisted until after the first round. Assistance will only be granted if funds remain available and at a level no more than the previous year. Here are our downloadable Financial Assistance Procedures and Policies for Returning Families.
Returning families can expect a similar level of assistance from year to year, assuming no significant change in their financial profile. This includes families who enrolled with no assistance. If a current family receiving no assistance wishes to apply, they must first complete two years of enrollment.