Tuition & Financial Aid

Westover is committed to enrolling a talented and diverse student body representing a broad range of backgrounds- racial, ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic.

We recognize that not all families interested in Westover School may be able to afford the full cost of tuition. Financial assistance is available in the form of need-based aid and payment plans. Please note that Westover cannot guarantee funding to all applicants who qualify.

Because financial situations vary the objective needs-analysis system is used as a basic guideline to provide consistency in assessing need. Westover subscribes to the principals and services of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). Click here to read more about how SSS works.

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures below. Should you have any questions, please contact Westover's Director of Financial Aid, Samantha Mallette at 203.577.4503 or smallette@westoverschool.org.


Steps to complete your Financial Aid application

Log into SSS and complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS).

This can be started as early as October 2, 2017. Complete the PFS online at sss.nais.org. Contact NAIS customer service, 1-800-344-8328, for questions about completing the PFS. This is due February 1, 2018, for all new and returning Westover families. Westover's school code is 8152.

Upload the following documents to SSS:

1. 2016 Federal Tax Return (1040) to SSS - Copies must be signed and all supporting schedules and forms must be submitted.

2. 2016 W-2s and/or 1099s (if applicable)

Upload your 2016 W-2s and/or 1099s to SSS:

Copies must be signed and all supporting schedules and forms must be submitted.

Upload your 2017 Federal Tax Return to SSS:

Copies must be signed and all supporting schedules and forms must be submitted.

Tuition & Fees 2017-18

Boarding Students

Tuition, Room & Board: $57,100.00

Day Students

Tuition, including meals: $41,050.00

International Students

Tuition, Room & Board: $57,100.00

Click here for an explanation of the 2017-18 Tuition and Fee and payment plans.

*Tuition and Fees for 2018-19 will be released the end of January 2018.

Financial Aid Questions

Who may apply for financial aid?

To be considered for need-based financial aid, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and the family must be paying U.S. income taxes. Returning families may apply for aid only in the event of a significant change in financial circumstance (i.e. the loss of a job or death or illness of a parent). Each year there is a limited financial aid budget for international applicants.

When and how should we apply for financial aid?

The 2017 PFS financial aid application and required 2016 tax forms are due on February 1st, 2018 for all new and returning families. Your 2017 W-2 and/or 1099 are due by February, 15th, 2018 and your 2017 1040 is due by April 15th, 2017. Your financial aid award will be finalized once we have received and reviewed your 2017 1040.
We recommend that you request information on applying for need-based aid at the same time you request application materials or as soon as you think you would like to be considered for financial assistance. Significant funds are not reserved beyond our initial round of awards. Therefore, it is very important to meet all deadlines.

Does every applicant applying for Financial Aid receive it?

Applicants acceptable for admission and qualifying on the basis of financial need outnumber those whom we can afford to support.

What if I don't get the award I was hoping for but want to enroll anyway?

If a family does not receive need-based financial aid for the first year of enrollment, it is highly unlikely that funding will be received in subsequent years unless there is a significant change in that family’s financial circumstances. (Examples might be loss of a job or the death or illness of a parent.)
Depending on the need of the applicant pool, Westover may or may not use a financial aid wait list.

How is financial aid determined?

Westover subscribes to the principals and services of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid. School and Student Service (SSS) is a needs-analysis system that provides a basic guideline to provide consistency in assessing need. Click here to read more about how SSS works. The schools mission surrounding financial aid and the financial aid budget are also taken into consideration by the Financial Aid Committee.

Who is responsible for completing the financial aid forms in the case of separated or divorced parents?

In situations of divorce or separation, your daughter’s non-custodial parent must also complete the PFS and provide his/her tax documents. We expect both parents to finance their daughter’s education to the extent they are able. Therefore, we require a completed PFS and tax return from each. If either parent is remarried, we will also take into consideration the spouses contributions to the household along with any obligations to his or her own children. He/she is required to provide his/her tax documents as well. A financial aid award cannot be made without information from or about all parents.

How is financial aid determined in subsequent years?

Westover requires that all applicants complete and submit the Parents’ Financial Statement to SSS as well as supporting documentation each year that a student wishes to matriculate at the School. These items must be submitted by their assigned deadline. Awards are evaluated annually based on the most recent year’s financial information. There is also the expectation that, as with all Westover students, your daughter’s re-enrollment and subsequent financial aid award is contingent upon her maintaining a high level of citizenship and scholarship. The Financial Aid Committee will review and make adjustments appropriate to changes in financial resources and tuition increases. Westover cannot always guarantee meeting an increased need should a family’s financial situation change.

Is a business tax return required from parents who own their own business?

Yes, parents will need to provide their business tax return as well as their personal tax return. Please be sure to submit all tax documentation including, but not limited to, K-1s, 1120s, 1065s and your Schedule E.

Is it possible to get a fee waiver for the PFS?

Westover does not assign fee waivers to families for completion of the PFS. SSS will apply a fee waiver at the end of the application depending upon income and information provided. If you need further information, please visit sssbynais.org/feewaivers.

What if I have more than one child in tuition charging schools?

If more than one child in a family attends a tuition-charging institution, it is required that a family applying for financial aid does so at each of the institutions their children attend. However, a family only needs to complete one Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) listing all of the schools that children will be applying to. Please be sure to include all children and educational expenses in the designated section on the PFS.

When will we be notified if we have received an award?

Financial aid decisions are sent to parents of newly admitted students along with their admission decision on March 10. Returning students will receive their financial aid decisions, along with their re-enrollment contract in late February.

Is our application confidential?

All financial information submitted in support of a financial aid application is held in strict confidence. All financial aid awards are confidential agreements between the recipient family and Westover School. Therefore, it is the expectation that Financial Aid recipients, and their families, will honor this confidentiality; a student may forfeit her award if this confidentiality is breached.

Whom do I contact if I need assistance completing the PFS?

Please contact the SSS Customer Service Center at 1-800-344-8328. Westover’s School Code is 8152.

Whom do I contact if I have a question regarding Financial Aid?

Westover's Director of Financial Aid, Samantha Mallette at smallette@westoverschool.org or 203.577.4503

Will Westover hold informational sessions on the financial aid process?

Yes, Westover will hold informational sessions on the financial aid process in the Fall of 2017. Please check back for more information.