Affording an ESD Education
The cost of a college preparatory program of ESD's caliber is significant. We are committed to making the ESD experience affordable to all students who meet our admission criteria and are offered a space through the admission process.
Our tuition assistance program is based largely on financial need, with only a few merit-based scholarships available for Upper School students. An integral part of ESD’s educational philosophy is to promote socioeconomic diversity among our student body. To achieve this goal, the school allocates more than $3.3 million dollars of the annual operating budget to tuition assistance – helping many of our families bridge the gap between what they can contribute financially and the price of tuition.
It is difficult to predict whether a family will qualify for tuition assistance, as circumstances vary dramatically and the demand for assistance changes each year. If after reviewing the cost of attending ESD, your family feels that paying full tuition would be a financial burden, we recommend you apply for tuition assistance. The following information will help you understand the process and requirements.assistance. If at any time you would like to have a private consultation, the Director of Tuition Assistance, Shelle Montgomery, is available to do so.
Need-based Tuition Assistance
ESD seeks to attract a diverse and talented student body and is committed to providing tuition assistance to students who qualify. Need-based assistance is granted on the basis of demonstrated need and the availability of funds each year. ESD follows the guidelines of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid, a third party organization which analyzes the financial situation of applicants based on a number of factors.
Tuition Assistance Application Deadlines
March 7: Tuition assistance application materials are mailed, with acceptance letters and contracts, to applicants who are offered a space and indicated their interest in applying for tuition assistance.
April 1: Initial tuition assistance forms are due: the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), the Self-Report of Monthly Income, a signed copy of 2013 IRS Form 1040, and a Request of Copy of Tax Form.
May 2: Tuition assistance notifications are mailed.
May 9: Deadline for recipients to accept award for the 2014-15 school year.
Tuition Assistance Application Time Line (Scholarships)
The majority of ESD’s tuition assistance budget is dedicated to need-based awards. However, we
do offer several scholarships. Each award has specific requirements, dollar amounts, and
award dates. For detailed information, please see the full Financing an ESD Education
brochure found under the Resource Materials section of the admission webpage.
| Grade|| Tuition|
Travel, and Activity Fees
|Lunch||Total Required Tuition & Fees|| Tuition Refund Insurance||Accident Insurance|
| 14,800|| 115|| NA|| 14,915|| 178.98|| 55|
| 6||25,425||1,800||1040||28,265||339.18|| 55|
| 10||25,990||110||1090||27,190||326.28|| 55|
| 11|| 25,990||395||1090||27,475||329.70|| 55|
| 12|| 25,990||470||1090||27,559||330.60|| 55|
*Textbooks for selected grades are not included in this number.
For more information, including tuition, please download the full "Financing an ESD Education" file.
ESD offers three options for families to pay tuition.*Text Book Costs will vary by course selection and grade level and will be added to overall tuition expenses
ESD has become increasingly aware of the financial resources necessary to attend our school, beyond the cost of tuition. As a result, we have worked hard to create unique ways of assisting deserving families beyond traditional tuition assistance. Families receiving tuition assistance are eligible to apply for assistance in covering the costs of required school related expenses. These expenses include, but are not limited to: school supplies, field trips, tutoring, SAT prep courses, college application forms, art supplies, uniforms, and senior year expenses.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is tuition assistance?
Tuition assistance is a grant given to qualifying families to offset the costs of an ESD education. The grant does not have to be repaid.
Families who have students entering Kindergarten through twelfth grade are eligible to apply.
- How is financial need determined?
Financial need is determined by the difference between the tuition charged and the family’s ability to pay. The School and Student Service (SSS) for Financial Aid sends ESD a Report of Parental Contribution (RFC) which makes a general recommendation about a family’s ability to pay. The RFC report does not bind ESD to any specific award. The Tuition Assistance Committee reviews the SSS information, applicable tax forms, and the Self-Report of Monthly Income, taking into consideration any unusual debts or extenuating circumstances. All information is treated as highly confidential.
- My spouse does not work. How will this affect the amount of tuition assistance awarded?
Since it is our belief that families bear the primary responsibility for financing the education of their children, it is our policy to expect both parents to contribute financially. If your spouse chooses not to work, the School will calculate a full-time annual salary at the minimum wage level and add it to the income calculations. There are circumstances where a family might be exempt from this policy such as, caring for a disabled or elderly parent, or staying home with an infant or toddler.
- If we are divorced or separated, do both parents need to apply for tuition assistance?
Yes. Both parents must submit tuition assistance forms and tax information.
- I never do my taxes until close to the April 15 deadline. How will this affect my tuition assistance award?
You will need to complete your taxes early enough to meet the April 1, 2014 deadline in order to be considered for tuition assistance.
- Is tuition assistance automatically renewed?
No. It is necessary to re-apply every year, and awards may be adjusted if family financial circumstances change significantly.
- Will applying for tuition assistance influence the admission decision?
No. Decisions regarding admission and tuition assistance are arrived at different times, by different committees.
- How do you receive tuition assistance application forms?
Simply indicate your interest in applying for tuition assistance on the Application Information Form, or call the Office of Admission and Tuition Assistance.
- Does ESD offer any scholarships?
Yes, ESD does offer a few endowed scholarships. The criteria for these scholarships are very specific. Please see the Scholarship Award section on this webpage for more information.
- What percentage of ESD's student body receives need-based tuition assistance?
18% (213 students)
- What was the average assistance grant awarded for the 2012-13 school year?