Tuition & Tuition Assistance
Tuition is designed to meet the core costs of providing the highest quality educational program for our students. However, while tuition provides for much of our annual program costs, it does not cover the full expense of educating a child. Like many independent schools, we count on bridging the financial gap through charitable contributions made to our Annual Fund. By keeping tuition modest, we believe we can put an RA education within reach for more families and build the type of inclusive community we all wish to have.
Because the actual cost of educating each student exceeds that of our tuition and fees, every Ridgefield Academy student, in effect, receives aid — the difference between the tuition and fees, and the actual cost of an RA education.
Our substantial tuition assistance budget comes entirely from our operating budget. In recent years, nearly 30 percent of our students have received assistance; the range of grants is from $1,000 to $36,000.
We award tuition assistance to many middle-income families, families with relatively high incomes but more than one child in school, and those whose financial circumstances qualify them for a grant that equals the full cost of tuition and fees. Even if you're unsure if you qualify for assistance, we encourage you to apply.
Applying for tuition assistance has absolutely no effect on a student’s application for admission. Admission decisions are based on a student’s qualifications and the likelihood that they will contribute to the life of the school. A family’s application for tuition assistance is considered separately from the application for admission.
Ridgefield Academy safeguards the confidentiality of all financial information supplied by applicants and does not publicly identify recipients of financial aid, except with parental permission. Only those persons directly involved in the financial aid process or in its administration will review this information.