Tuition & Financial Aid

Value for the Tuition

We understand that choosing to attend Sayre is a significant financial commitment. In return, the school is dedicated to providing value for the tuition. By far, the largest portion of the budget goes to ensuring that we have the best faculty and staff in place to maximize your child’s education and school experience. Your tuition dollars directly benefit your child by funding outstanding teachers, excellent facilities, access to the latest technology, and opportunities in athletics and the arts that enrich the Sayre experience beyond the classroom.

We are confident that when your child graduates from Sayre and is well-prepared to succeed in college, you will know it was a wise and worthwhile investment.

Financial Aid

Sayre is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment by assisting families in meeting the cost of an independent school education for children who would otherwise not be able to attend Sayre. The School provides over $1.2 million in need-based financial aid to qualified families. Each year, approximately 25% of Sayre students receive need-based assistance with the cost of tuition.

Sayre School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Tuition for the 2018-2019 Academic Year




3 days to noon (PK2 & PK3)$6,040
3 days to dismissal (PK2 & PK3)
5 days to noon (PK2-PK4)$8,770$500
5 days/3 days to dismissal (PK2-PK4)
5 days to dismissal (PK2-PK4)
Lower School, grades 1-4$19,535$1,000
Middle School, grades 5-8$22,595$1,000
Upper School, grades 9-12$23,735$1,000

Tuition Information

Lunch is included free of charge for all grades, Preschool through Grade Twelve. The Buttery offers a morning break option for Upper School students who may either pay cash or buy a YELLOW BUTTERY TICKET ($25) for morning break purchases.

A student is entered for one academic year, and the parent or guardian understands that the enrollment obligation for the full academic year is unconditional and that no portion of the year’s tuition or fees so paid or outstanding will be refunded or cancelled in the event of absence, withdrawal, or dismissal of this student from the School and herewith agrees to assume full responsibility for the full annual tuition and fees and the costs of collection thereof, including reasonable attorney fees.

As specified on the Enrollment Contract, enrollment may be canceled without penalty (except forfeiture of the reservation deposit) provided that cancellation notification is sent in writing to the Director of Admission on or before May 31, 2018. If a student is withdrawn after May 31, the responsible parent or guardian will be obligated to pay the full annual tuition charges.

Tuition Payment Plans

Plan A: Pay in full (a 2% discount is granted if payment is made by February 9, 2018).

Plan B: Pay deposit and balance to be paid in two monthly installments due July 1/November 1.
Plan C: Pay deposit and balance to be paid in nine monthly installments by automatic bank draft with no service charge. (The first payment will be drawn on July 6, 2018; the last payment on March 4, 2019.)

Plan D: Pay deposit and balance to be paid in nine monthly installments by check or via the Payment Portal on Sayre's website. Service charge of 2% of tuition less deposit. (The first payment will be due July 1, 2018; the last payment due March 1, 2019.)

Tuition Refund Plan

Annually, the school offers the Tuition Refund Plan. In view of the annual tuition commitment parents must make, we strongly recommend that all parents take advantage of this protection.

  Tuition Refund Plan Brochure

Fees and Services

Fees and Services Separate from Tuition:
  • Extended Day for child care after dismissal
  • Academic Services for Middle and Upper School
  • Upper School Laptop:  Information about recommended models to purchase on the Upper School website.
  • Upper School Class Trips for Grades 9-11
  • Student Parking:  $300 for the year (optional, limited to students in grades 11-12)
  • Yearbook:  $60 (optional for all grades)

Determining Financial Aid Need

Sayre uses the School and Student Services by NAIS (SSS) in the initial evaluation of financial aid applications. The Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) is the application used to gather pertinent family information.  The PFS asks for specific information including, but not limited to:

  • family size
  • number of children attending tuition charging schools
  • indebtedness
  • medical expenses
  • unusual expenses
  • income and other assets such as savings and investments

The Sayre Financial Aid Committee considers the SSS analysis along with any other relevant information provided by the family in making financial aid awards.  Families are notified of their award beginning in March.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, go to the family portal and click on the prompt to begin your PFS.  You will be given a username and password that will allow you to return to your PFS at a later date.  If you have applied for aid previously online through SSS, you can use your previous login information.  The SSS number for Sayre School is 7162.  The fee to complete your PFS online is $47.  SSS will now automatically waive the PFS fee if a parent/family qualifies for a fee waiver based on the household and financial information submitted in the PFS.

Key Dates for Financial Aid

Sayre funds financial aid from a set budget.  It is important for families requesting aid to complete the process in a timely manner so they can be considered for aid before the budget is allocated.

November 1:
SSS begins accepting the PFS for the next school year

February 1:
Completed PFS due

March 1:
Families begin to be notified of aid awards

April 30:
Families who receive aid must submit their most recent year's tax documents through SSS or the school, or provide an update on the status of their tax filing

Financial Aid for Separated, Divorced or Remarried Parents

Sayre asks that each parent complete the financial aid application even if they are divorced, separated, never married, or remarried.  If either parent remarries, the financial information of the step-parent must be included in the application materials.  We will take into account the obligations of the parent and step-parent to their own children as we process the information.  If the step-parent's information is not provided, the application will be considered incomplete.

If one parent is uninvolved in the child's life and has been for some time, the family must provide a written statement to this effect from a lawyer, member of the clergy or a third party who is aware of the situation in a professional capacity.

Financial Aid Resources

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