Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for the 2016-2017 School Year
$26,100 Day Students
$44,350 Five-Day Boarding Students
$47,050 Seven-Day Boarding Students
$49,050 International Seven-Day Boarding Students
We estimate that additional $1,800 will typically cover the cost of books, supplies, activity and technology fees, and other school expenses. This figure does not include travel expenses, weekly allowances, or College Board and Advanced Placement examinations for juniors. Additionally, all International Students will be charged approximately $1,200 per academic year for health insurance.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
At Thomas Jefferson School, we recognize that choosing an independent school is a significant decision for families - both academically and financially. Nearly 40 percent of our student body receives some level of financial assistance. We are committed to creating a diverse academic environment for our students, and our financial aid program allows us to assist families who may not be able to pay the full cost of tuition. The majority of financial aid awards are based on need. We do offer a limited number of scholarships. Please note: all scholarship and financial aid decisions are made completely separate from the admissions process.
We subscribe to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). Our financial aid committee uses this as a tool to assess a family’s need and to compare the financial need of all applicants so that we can make awards as fairly as possible. Thomas Jefferson School, not SSS, makes all financial aid decisions. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that the school will be able to meet the demonstrated financial need of every family that applies for an award.
In situations where divorce or separation is an issue, Thomas Jefferson School requires both natural parents and any stepparents to submit information. A family’s ability to contribute to its child’s education is based on the income and assets of both natural parents and any stepparents.
Applying for Scholarships and Financial Aid
1. Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and submit it to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). (The system will begin accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year on October 24, 2016)
2. Mail a photocopy of your current federal tax return (including all schedules and a copy of the 1040 form) directly to Thomas Jefferson School. Do not send your tax return to the SSS.
A handy guide to completing the SSS is available here.
Scholarship and Financial Aid Application Deadlines
For Early Decision applicants, the above information must be submitted by December 1, 2016. Financial aid decisions will be mailed to families at the end of December.
For all other applications, the PFS must be submitted to the SSS by January 15, 2017, and the current IRS tax return must be sent to Thomas Jefferson School by February 15, 2017. Financial aid decisions are mailed to families during the second week of March.
Families that apply after March 31 should complete the PFS online as soon as possible.
Any and all documentation included in the financial aid application is strictly confidential. It is kept in a secure file and is reviewed only by members of the financial aid committee.
While the majority of our Financial Aid Awards are based on need and evaluated based on the PFS and SSS data, we do offer a limited number of scholarships for our applicants. Award amounts vary.
Jefferson Scholar Award
A merit-based scholarship awarded to incoming seventh grade students.
Eastern European Scholarship
A full-tuition scholarship awarded annually to an Eastern European student.
A need-based scholarship awarded to a boarding student.
The Delores Heytman Scholarship
A need-based scholarship awarded to female students.
The Robin McCoy Hispanic Scholarship
A need-based scholarship awarded to students of Hispanic heritage.
Thomas Jefferson School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or handicapped status in administration of its admission and educational policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.