Applying For Tuition Assistance

Applying for Tuition Assistance has two parts:

Part One is completed in conjunction with the National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) and requires families to complete the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). The PFS allows families to apply to multiple schools for financial aid. There is a fee for this service.

Part Two is completed in conjunction with Ridgefield Academy and requires families to submit documentation supplementary to the information contained in the PFS (namely, tax forms, income statements, and family budget).

Tuition Assistance Timeline

By January 31, 2019, please submit through School and Student Services (SSS):
  • A complete Parents' Financial Statement (PFS)
  • A complete copy of your 2017 tax return (Form 1040, including all forms and schedules)
  • Form 4506-T (include both 12/31/2017 and 12/31/2018 on line 9 of the form)

By April 15, 2019, please submit through SSS:
  • A complete copy of your 2018 tax return (Form 1040, including all forms and schedules) OR a copy of your tax extension
  • W-2 forms where applicable

Tuition Assistance Mission Statement

Ridgefield Academy's financial aid program assures that the inability of families to pay full tuition is not a barrier to creating a stimulating student peer environment in terms of skills, talents, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomics, sexual orientation and family structures. Such a peer environment, reflective of the world in which we live and work, is essential to effective education and stimulates achievement through high standards in the academic, artistic, athletic, and moral dimensions of education. In its broadest terms, financial aid enacts Ridgefield Academy's commitment to educational achievement and the democratic ethic.


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.

Resources For Families

2019-2020 Tuition

2019-2020 Tuition*

Please contact our Landmark Preschool campuses for information as tuition varies based on age, schedule, and program.

Lower School
Kindergarten: $26,460
Grade 1 through Grade 3: $33,015

Middle School
Grades 4 & 5: $36,930

Upper School
Grade 6 through Grade 8: $38,585

*At various grade levels, additional fees apply for overnight field trips, P.E. uniforms, and other incidentals.

Payment Options

Payment Options

RA currently offers three payment options:

Annual Payments
Single payment, due June 1

Bi-annual Payments*
Two (2) payments: 60% due June 1, followed by 40% due December 1.

Monthly Payments*
Eight (8) monthly payments: June 1 to Jan 1.

*Bi-annual and Monthly Payment schedules include a fee for paying in installments, and mandatory TRP.


Tuition Refund Plan

Tuition Refund Plan

The Tuition Refund Plan (TRP) protects the financial investments of families from an unexpected change in enrollment during the academic year. Participation is recommended for all, and required for those using bi-annual or monthly payment plans. You can view the brochure, in its entirety, here.

October 2018 Tuition Assistance Newsletter

RA's Tuition Assistance newsletter provides updates on new developments, as well as valuable information on navigating, applying for, and maintaining tuition assistance.

October 2018 Tuition Assistance Newsletter

January 2018 Tuition Assistance Newsletter

RA's Tuition Assistance newsletter provides updates on new developments, as well as valuable information on navigating, applying for, and maintaining tuition assistance.


Who is eligible?

Families with children in Grades K-12 are eligible.

What is "demonstrated need"?

Demonstrated need is the calculated difference between the cost of tuition and fees and the amount that a family can be expected to contribute to the cost of a student's education.

Types of Aid

What types of aid are available?

RA awards grants based on demonstrated need as determined by:

  1. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS);
  2. The School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS); and
  3. RA's Institutional Financial Aid Methodology.

Grants are financial awards that do not need to be repaid. However, grants frequently cover only a portion of tuition and fees. Families are financially responsible for the remaining tuition and fees, as well as other charges, such as books, transportation, and other incidentals, not otherwise covered by the Extracurricular Fund.

What is the Extracurricular Fund?

In an effort to make the extracurricular aspects of a Hackley education available to every student and recognizing the benefits of broad participation by the student body both inside and outside of the classroom, the Extracurricular Fund provides additional financial aid for “covered activities” to families receiving financial aid. Covered activities are funded at the same rate as the family’s financial aid award. For example, if a family’s financial aid award covers 60% of tuition and fees, then a family would receive $60.00 to defray the costs of a $100.00 class trip.


Are allowances made for siblings attending independent or religious schools?

RA makes allowances for siblings in independent or religious schools through college or age 24. However, RA does not make allowances for siblings in graduate school.

Does RA consider the resources of the extended family, as well as the immediate family?

The ability or willingness of extended family members to pay tuition may be considered when making an award.

The Award

I have not yet received my financial aid package, but I know that I cannot come close to affording the EFC listed on the RFC. What should I do?

The EFC is an estimate calculated by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid, and this estimate is designed to be adjusted by individual schools. As a result, some families new to the financial aid process feel overwhelmed and worried when receiving their EFCs, which do not reflect any adjustments by Hackley. For example, Hackley adds a Cost of Living Adjustment, which decreases the EFC. Hackley may also make other similar adjustments to the EFC, which is why the school asks for supporting documentation beyond the Parent Financial Statement (PFS). The additional information provides a fuller picture of a family’s financial situation. However, in certain situations, this fuller picture of a family’s ability to contribute may result in an increase in the EFC.

My child is admitted, but the FA award is not enough to make enrolling an option. Is there an appeals process?

Families may appeal the financial aid decision by requesting an appeal in writing by mail, email, or facsimile. The writing should be directed to the Director of Financial Aid and should include additional information about cash flow and expenses that may not have been evident in the Parent Financial Statement (PFS). Upon receipt, the Financial Aid Advisory Committee will reexamine your request for aid.