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Affording Westerly

Westerly School seeks a diverse student body that  reflects the community at large- a broad economic, social, ethnic and cultural mix.  The Board of Trustees and administration realize that a high quality, independent school education is a financial investment. Westerly is devoted to reviewing the tuition each year and is committed to keeping costs as low as possible. Tuition consistently ranks equal to or below the median of other leading independent schools, both locally and nationally. We look for families that see a Westerly education as a priority as they budget their financial resources.

Westerly's financial aid program is designed to bridge the gap between what a family can reasonably contribute  and what it actually costs to attend Westerly School. Every year a percent of the school's operating budget is set aside to help bridge this gap. Application for admission to Westerly School should not be discouraged because of affordability of tuition.


Need-based financial aid is available for qualified applicants. Westerly's financial aid committee determines each family's need by analyzing and assessing individual financial profiles. We use the SSS program to assist us, which is through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Determination of Awards

Submission of an application for financial aid has no bearing upon the deliberations of the Admission Committee or the assessment of an applicant's potential as a Westerly School student. Financial aid awards are made independently of admission decisions, but on a parallel timeline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who may apply for financial aid?
A. Anyone may apply for aid. If you feel you cannot afford the Westerly School tuition, you should complete the financial aid application forms. Financial aid is based solely on demonstrated need. Applying for aid, however, does not guarantee a grant will be offered.

Q. How and when do I apply for financial aid?
A. Financial Aid application forms are available online. To apply for financial aid, parents must complete a Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) online http://sss.nais.org or mail it, along with the appropriate fee, to SSS in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, copies of past 1040 Tax Forms including W-2 forms and Westerly's Supplemental form must be uploaded to the SSS website as well. PFS forms should be submitted to SSS by the financial aid deadline in mid February.

Q. What if I am separated or divorced?
A. In the case of parents who are separated, divorced, or have never been married, both natural parents must file statements. PFS forms should be submitted to SSS by the financial aid deadline. After the deadline, applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis as the Financial Aid budget allows. It is the school's policy to consider the resources of a step-parent in making an award.

Q. Is there a minimum or maximum income a family must have in order to be
considered for financial aid?

A. No. Net income is not the only factor used in making financial aid decisions. Assets, debts, and number of dependents are among the various factors that Westerly School considers, and these factors may have an influence on a financial aid decision.

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