Financial Aid

An important component of the mission of Corlears School is to provide an excellent progressive education for school-age children in a socioeconomically diverse environment. In order to create a community of learners from the broadest range of backgrounds, the school has created a financial aid program that insures that children, regardless of their families’ financial resources to sufficiently pay tuition, will have the opportunities to attend Corlears.

The primary responsibility for financing an independent school education is the family’s. Financial aid is designed to fill the gap between what the family is able to pay for tuition and the cost of the tuition.

Corlears has dedicated 16 percent of our gross tuition to financial aid for the 2013-2014 school year. Financial aid is given to families whose children are four years of age or older on the basis of need and available funds. Approximately 20 percent of our students will receive financial aid in 2013-2014.


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The following policies govern financial aid awards to all families who apply for assistance:

  • Financial aid is awarded without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or disability
  • A family’s ability to pay the school’s tuition and fees is not taken into consideration when the school makes an admissions decision
  • If a student is offered a place at the school, but is not offered assistance, he/she will be placed on a financial aid waiting list and will remain on the waiting list until funds become available
  • Financial aid is available to families with children, four-years-old and older
  • No financial aid awards are made for 100 percent of tuition or for less than 15 percent of tuition. Financial aid is awarded for school tuition as well as Corlears afterschool programs, fees for school-related overnight trips, and the school’s summer camp.
  • A family with more than one child needs to submit one application to School and Student Service (SSS) only (see below.)
  • Financial aid awards are made annually and are based on need and availability of school funds.
  • Families must re-apply for financial aid every year.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • Read the 2014-2015 Financial Aid Instructions, complete, and submit Corlears Application for Financial Aid with application for admission.
  • Complete and submit the Parents Financial Statement (PFS), 2012 federal income tax return and related schedules, W-2s, and farm/business return if applicable to Corlears School by December 1, 2013. You are encouraged to complete the PFS online by going to  http://sss.nais.org/parents/ and click on the link, “Access the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) Online.” The PFS will be available on November 1, 2013. A hard copy of the PFS may also be requested from School and Student Service (SSS).
  • Both custodial and non-custodial parents are required to complete separate Parents Financial Statements.
Questions? Please contact Anita Haber, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, at anitah@corlearsschool.org or 212.741.2800, ext. 248.