Tuition & Financial Aid

Value for the Tuition

Sayre School appreciates the financial commitment families make when choosing an independent school education.  Sayre is dedicated to providing value for the tuition through the quality of its academic programs, faculty, facilities, arts and athletics, College Counseling services, counseling and character education, and inclusive school community.

Bundled Tuition

Sayre School tuition includes many essential services and program elements. The bundled tuition structure provides two important family-friendly benefits:  simplified billing and easier budgeting, especially for families who choose a monthly payment plan. Services included in tuition are listed below.

Lower School: Academic Services, daily lunch, textbooks, technology resources, and field trips
Middle School: 1:1 iPad Program, class trips (including seventh grade to Chicago and eighth grade to Washington D.C.), daily lunch, textbooks, creative and performing arts, and athletic participation and related transportation
Upper School: Textbooks, student activity fee, College Counseling, PLAN and PSAT testing, online SAT and ACT test prep, daily lunch, creative and performing arts, and athletic participation and related transportation

Tuition 2022-2023

3 days to noon (PK2 & PK3)$7,040
3 days to dismissal (PK2 & PK3)
5 days to noon (PK2-PK4)$10,215$500
5 days/3 days to dismissal (PK2-PK4)
5 days to dismissal (PK2-PK4)
Lower School, grades 1-4$22,180$1,000
Middle School, grades 5-8$25,420$1,000
Upper School, grades 9-12$26,625$1,000

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 $1.7 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.

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


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.

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