Financial Aid FAQs

Are there additional costs besides tuition?

Books and required school trips are included in tuition. Lunch is included for 3rd-12th grade students, but 3's and 4's families bring lunch from home. K-2nd grade families may bring lunch from home or subscribe to lunch provided by Red Rabbit at an additional cost. A light breakfast is also available for 3rd-12th grade students.

Calhoun provides all school supplies through Grade 5. Beginning in Middle School, families may be asked to purchase some school supplies such as a binder and paper. Computers, when needed, are always available in school for student use. 

After school programs (ASP), including extended care, and Summer Camps are not included in the tuition. Also, optional trips offered to Middle and Upper School students during school vacation times are not included in tuition. For families receiving financial aid, the cost of in-house after school programs and optional trips is reduced by the same percentage as the tuition award.

Annual Parent Association dues ($100 per family) are additional.  

At what grade levels can one apply for financial aid?

Financial aid is considered for students applying to kindergarten through grade 12, but not to applicants to the 3’s or 4’s programs. Families who enroll in the 3's or 4's may apply for financial aid for the kindergarten year, though we cannot guarantee that financial aid will be awarded.

For the 2020-21 academic school year, tuition assistance will be considered for kindergarten-12th grade with the exception of 10th grade.

When does one apply for financial aid?

The deadline for submitting financial aid materials for the 2020-21 school year is December 15, 2019.

What factors are considered when considering if a family qualifies for aid?

Income, savings, investments, assets, debt, living expenses and education and child-care costs are included in the calculations of financial aid.

What percentage of your student body receives financial aid?

Each year, financial aid is awarded to approximately 30 percent of the student body.

Are there any full grants?

All grants are for partial assistance, though awards vary greatly in size depending on the financial circumstances of the family. Families are expected to contribute a minimum of $1,500/year toward tuition.

Are there any scholarships or merit awards?

No, all awards are based on need.

Does every student who demonstrates need receive financial aid?

Unfortunately, no. Due to limited resources, Calhoun cannot award aid to every financially qualified student who applies for admission to Calhoun. 

If a family is offered financial aid for the first year at Calhoun, can they count on it in future years?

Calhoun is committed to supporting families as long as need exists, but returning students must apply for renewal of their awards each year. When it is time for renewal, our Business Office will send families an e-mail reminder to complete the online financial aid application form.

If a family does not receive financial aid and enrolls the student for the first year at full tuition, can the family apply for aid the following year or in some future year?

It is the school’s expectation that families who start at Calhoun paying full tuition will continue to do so. Families who have been at Calhoun for at least four years and experience a change in financial circumstance may apply for financial aid. In addition, very limited “emergency funds” are available for families whose financial circumstances change dramatically. In these instances, Calhoun accepts applications for aid from returning families who have not received it in the past. The school cannot, however, guarantee that there will be sufficient funds available to continue the aid for more than one year.

Families requesting emergency funds are asked to contact the school's controller.

How can I relay special circumstances or additional information?


A letter may be submitted to TADS by December 15, 2019 and will become part of the applicant's electronic file.

How can I get additional TADS support?

For questions regarding the financial aid application process or how to fill out or submit forms, please contact the TADS helpline at 1-800-477-8237 or email TADS Support. Support and financial aid forms are available in English and Spanish.

For More Information

Andrew Hume
Director of Enrollment
212-497-6511