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 $64,600
General Fee $970
International Fee $2,800

Day Students

Tuition $40,800
General Fee $630

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 1 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

Financial aid at Pomfret is awarded based on demonstrated financial need. To determine financial need, Pomfret uses a nationally standardized system for financial aid offered by School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). SSS collects a family’s financial information and performs an initial analysis, providing an estimated need to Pomfret School. The Financial Aid Committee at Pomfret uses this estimated need as a guideline in determining financial aid eligibility and awards. For a comprehensive guide to the financial aid process as outlined by SSS, click here.

If you receive financial aid in your child’s first year, you will continue to receive financial aid in subsequent years as long as you demonstrate a continued need for assistance. Circumstances may change, which is why we require that families submit a new financial aid application each year.  

If your child enrolls 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 to our current families.
It is Pomfret School’s policy that each parent, regardless of custodial arrangements, must complete a financial aid application through SSS. 

FAQ

When is the Financial Aid Application deadline?
The deadline for new families to apply for financial aid is February 1. The deadline for returning families to apply is January 1.

What is the school code for SSS?
Pomfret’s School code is 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 and a signed copy of your most recently filed federal income tax return, with all corresponding schedules. Once you receive your return for last year, please submit it as soon as it is available. All tax forms must be uploaded on the SSS website.

Does applying for financial aid hurt my child’s chances of being admitted?
Although Pomfret benefits from a robust financial aid budget, the demand for aid always exceeds our supply. As such, we are only able to offer financial aid awards to a small percentage of students who apply. Those admitted 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?
You will receive both the admission decision as well as the financial aid decision at the same time. Decisions are mailed to applicants on March 10.

What percentage of students receive financial aid at Pomfret?
For the most recent school year, 41 percent of the student body received need-based financial aid, drawn from a budget of approximately $4.5 million.

Payment Plans

Pomfret offers 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.

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 Distinguished Scholar Awards is to attract outstanding scholars and citizens 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.