Affording Pomfret

Our goal is to make the Pomfret Experience accessible to families at every income level.

We recognize that the cost of an independent school education is significant and that many families will make sacrifices to have their child attend Pomfret. Therefore, we make every effort to assist admitted families with the financial commitments involved in financing a Pomfret education. This assistance comes in the form of financial aid, flexible payment plans, parent loans, and merit scholarships.

Boarding Students

Tuition $59,400
General Fee $890
International Fee $2,500

Day Students

Tuition $39,370
General Fee $580

Financial Aid

Application Process

In order to objectively assess your demonstrated financial need, we partner with School and Student Services (SSS), which is administered by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), to process financial aid applications. SSS will help you estimate the amount you can contribute and forward that estimate to Pomfret. It's one form, for one fee, for any number of siblings, for any number of schools. When you submit your admissions application, please be sure to indicate that you are applying for financial aid through SSS.


FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DEADLINE
  • January 15 for Returning Families
  • February 1 for New Families

Step 1 » Parent Financial Statement
Visit School and Student Services to begin your Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS). You will be given a username and password that will allow you to return to your PFS at a later time in order to update it before submitting it. For divorced or separated parents, each parent, regardless of custodial arrangements, must complete a financial aid application. This statement should be completed no later than February 1.

Our school code is 5842.


Step 2 » Tax Documents
In addition to completing the PFS, each financial aid applicant must also submit the following tax documents to SSS:
    • Signed copies of your Form 1040 federal income tax returns for the last two years, including attachments.
    • Your W2 Forms for the most recent two years.
    • If self-employed, you must also submit a Schedule C, and any corresponding K-1, Form 1065, or 1120 documents.

Please Note: Funding for our need-based financial aid program is supported through the generous contributions of our alumni. Despite this support, requests for financial aid typically exceed available funds, and awards are made to only a percentage of accepted students. You should be aware that every year there are applicants who are accepted to Pomfret who qualify for but do not receive financial aid.

Financial Aid Policy

To determine need, Pomfret uses the services of the School and Student Services (SSS) for Financial Aid. This service uses information provided by the family on a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) which asks for income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. The family sends the original completed PFS form to School and Student Services. SSS computes this information and determines an estimated need. This Report of Family Contribution from SSS is sent directly to Pomfret. Pomfret’s Financial Aid Committee uses this estimated need as a guideline in making awards.

If you receive financial aid in your child's first year you will continue to receive financial aid in subsequent years, though you must reapply each year. Circumstances may change, and your financial aid award will reflect your family's need on any given year.

If you enroll your child at Pomfret without financial aid, you may apply for financial aid in subsequent years, however it is unlikely that you will receive financial aid. That being said, if you are able to demonstrate a significant change in circumstances, we will make every effort to provide assistance.

Each parent, regardless of custodial arrangements, must complete a financial aid application.

FAQ

When is the Financial Aid Application deadline?

The deadline for new families to Pomfret is February 1. The deadline for returning families is January 15.

What is the school code for SSS?
5842

What if my tax return for last year is not available by the deadline?
In this case, please be sure to submit your most recent W-2 form, and a signed copy of your latest filed federal income tax return, with all corresponding schedules. Then submit your return for last year as soon as it is available. Please note that all awards are based on your return for last year.

Does applying for financial aid hurt my child’s chances of being admitted?
Due to our limited budget, we are only able to offer a financial aid award to a small percentage of students who have applied. Those students for whom we cannot offer a financial aid award will be placed on a financial aid waitlist.

When will we find out about financial aid?
Financial Aid decisions are mailed out with Admissions decisions in March.

What percentage of students receive financial aid at Pomfret?
For the most recent school year, 42 percent of the student body received financial assistance, drawn from a budget of approximately $4 million.

Payment Plans

Pomfret offers two flexible payment options that are suitable for a range of situations. We have listed the highlights of each plan, but we recommend visiting the Smart Tuition website to learn more about this option.

Smart Tuition » Multiple Payments

  • Tuition and fees are paid in 12, 11, 10, 9 or 8 monthly payments beginning in April, May, June, July, or August respectively to Smart Tuition on a schedule that meets your contract obligation.
  • You may sign up for Automatic Withdrawal from a checking or savings account or credit card.
  • Monthly payments help families to conveniently budget tuition and fee payments without interest or finance charges.
  • Customer Service open 24/7/365 to assist families with requests and/or payments.
Guaranteed Tuition » Single Payment

Pomfret gives you the option to make a single one-time tuition payment, drawing on your own resources, to cover the cost of your child's entire Pomfret education. When you choose this plan, we calculate the total payment based on the entry-level cost of tuition multiplied by the total number of enrollment years. Under the Guaranteed Tuition plan, tuition but not fees are "frozen" at entry-level cost.

Parent Loans

Through our partners at Your Tuition Solution, Pomfret offers a low fixed-rate education plan for private K-12 education. Under this plan, qualified applicants can:

  • Borrow $2,000-$40,000.
  • Flexible terms of 18-84 months
  • Low monthly payments – choose the payment that fits your budget
  • No prepayment penalty for maximum flexibility
  • Low fixed rates – less than most banks or credit cards
  • No down payment or application fees
  • Eligibility: Both families receiving financial aid and those not receiving financial aid
  • Repayments to the lending institution are made in accordance with the terms agreed upon in advance

Merit Scholarships

Pomfret Distinguished Scholar Awards
Established in 2009 by a devoted alumnus and past parent of the School (who chooses to remain anonymous), the purpose of the Pomfret Distinguished Scholar Awards fund is to attract outstanding scholars to Pomfret School. These merit scholarships are given annually to applicants with proven potential to make a substantial contribution to the School through academic excellence, leadership in curricular and co-curricular activities, and service to the Pomfret community.

  • Candidates are selected by Pomfret’s Admissions Committee, no further application is required.
  • Financial need is not a requirement in the selection process.
  • Awards are reviewed each year to ensure recipients are meeting the criteria upon which the award is given.



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