Affording an independent school education takes planning, and most families employ several strategies to keep the costs within reach. In this planning, it is important to realize that the family bears the primary responsibility for financing a child's education to the extent that they are able.
In addition, The Baldwin School is committed to enabling students to enroll regardless of their family's ability to pay full tuition. Our trustees have aggressively developed external funds to augment Baldwin's financial aid budget. For the 2012-2013 school year, tuition assistance supports 153 girls who represent 27% of the student body. The Baldwin School financial aid program is supported, in part, by endowed funds provided through the generosity of parents and alumnae. There are presently 20 named scholars each year.
Completed applications for financial aid must be received no later than January 15 each year. All financial assistance offered by The Baldwin School is need-based; The Baldwin School does not offer merit scholarships.
Tuition levels are determined each year by the Board of Trustees. Additional fees include books, school supplies, uniforms, and lunch. These fees are minimal in Lower School, where books and athletic equipment are fully funded by the School.
Sarah J. Goebel
, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid, welcomes the opportunity to answer questions about the financial aid process. Families are assured of confidentiality and encouraged to explore the availability of financial assistance.
Additionally, two helpful booklets are available online. Bridging the Gap: Strategies for Affording Independent School Education encourages families to consider financial planning strategies with the guidance of a tax or financial planner who is experienced with educational planning. The Baldwin School Expense Guide is a reference for the types of school related expenses which are typical throughout the year.