Affording an Athenian Education

We know that the financial cost of an Athenian education is substantial. Tuition is part of the revenue required to offer our small class sizes (average 15 students), retain highly educated and outstanding faculty, and maintain our campus. We also know that an Athenian education is most powerful for all with students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Athenian's financial aid program enables talented students to become a part of our community who could not otherwise do so. 
We encourage you to contact us with your questions about financing an Athenian education.

List of 5 items.

  • The Financial Aid Program

    Athenian offers need-based grants to offset the cost of tuition. Admission to Athenian is need blind; the Admission Committee is not made aware that an applicant has applied for financial aid. Financial aid grants support approximately 22% of the Athenian student body. Recipients can expect the amount they pay to remain the same each year unless their financial circumstances change.
  • How To Apply for Financial Aid

    To apply for financial aid, you must complete the Parents' Financial Statement (see below) and submit tax returns. Both natural parents and stepparents must complete a financial aid application.
    The Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) should be completed online at the Student Service for Financial Aid website

    Athenian School Code for filing PFS: 1414
    Contact the Admission Office if you have trouble filing online or if you have any questions. 
  • Financial Aid Deadlines

    Starting in November and no later than January TBD, 2021: Complete the online application using the link above.

    By February TBD, 2021 for new students (February 1 for returning students), upload to the School and Student Service Financial Aid website:
      • Upload a copy of your 2020 Federal Income Tax return (1040), with all schedules and attachments, AND
      • Your 2020 W-2 forms. 
      Do not send tax forms to The Athenian School. 

      Late applications will be considered as available funding allows. 
    • Guidelines for the Parents' Financial Statement

      Along with most independent schools in the United States, Athenian uses the forms and methodology of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) to evaluate financial aid applicants' ability to pay tuition. SSS and The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) together sponsor this service.
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    • Payment Plans

      All families are eligible for Athenian’s payment plans, which spread the cost of an Athenian education over two payments (May and July) or seven payments (May through December). The seven payment plan requires tuition insurance and a billing fee which total 3.5% of the amount your family pays.

    List of 7 frequently asked questions.

    • What forms need to be completed to apply for financial aid and by when? 

      Athenian needs the complete Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) no later than January 15. It can be found on the School and Student Service for financial aid website. Athenian’s PFS code is 1414. Here is a link the PFS website:

      Athenian also requires copies of W-2 wage statements and copies of tax returns with attachments and associated returns. These are due by February 15 annually.
    • My student is a current 8th grader at Athenian but we did not receive financial aid. Is it possible for us to qualify for aid as a 9th grade student?  

      You can apply for financial aid whether or not you received aid in Athenian’s Middle School. If you applied and did not qualify for aid, you may qualify for aid in the Upper School because tuition increases for grades 9-12. If you received aid in Athenian’s Middle School, you are likely to receive more aid for the Upper School. (In most cases, the family contribution will remain the same; financial aid will increase.)
    • How much financial aid will I receive?  

      The formula that determines what a family’s contribution toward tuition considers multiple factors: income, family size, number in tuition-charging schools or colleges, assets, and unusual expenses. With all these factors, no one indicator determines a family’s contribution. Any family who is concerned about the cost of an Athenian education is encouraged to apply for financial aid.

      In general, families earning less than $150,000 per year receive substantial financial aid. Those earning $150-275,000 usually qualify for some assistance. Families earning more than $275,000 per year may or may not qualify for aid--unless multiple children attend tuition-charging schools or colleges. With multiple children attending tuition-charging schools or colleges, families can have higher income and qualify for financial aid.
    • Does applying for financial aid change my chances of admission?

      Athenian’s admission process is need blind. Admission Committee members are not made aware of which applicants have completed a financial aid application. They evaluate admission applications without regard to ability to pay.

      After we have decided who we will admit, the separate Financial Aid Committee determines who will receive financial aid and how much Athenian will award.

      Applying for financial aid does not change your chances of admission.
    • Who receives financial aid and how much can they receive? 

      Athenian meets financial need when we award financial aid. Families are asked to pay the contribution determined by the Financial Aid Committee, based upon the SSS methodology. Athenian makes awards that range from very small grants to 100% tuition grants, depending on a family’s ability to pay.

      Like most schools, Athenian is not able to award a grant to every family who qualifies for aid. The Financial Aid Committee will sect those to fund based upon the evaluation of each applicant by the Admission Committee and the availability of funds.

      More than 20% of the students at Athenian receive some financial aid.
    • Do we need to apply for financial aid every year and will the amount I pay change? 

      Financial aid recipients are required to apply for financial aid each year so that we can confirm your family contribution annually.  We do not expect to change how much a family pays unless they have had substantial changes in their finances.  
    • What about cases of special or unusual circumstances? 

      Some families have special situations or circumstances. There is space on the Parent’s Financial Statement for comments and more details about unusual expenses or other situations. Please contact Christopher Beeson, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, at 925-362-7225 to discuss special circumstances. 
    Middle School

    Upper School Day
    $46,900 Grade 9
    $45,600 Grades 10-12

    Note: grades 10-12 will reflect the larger tuition rate for
    grade 9 day as that class moves through the grades.  
    Upper School Boarding
    Domestic: $71,800
    International Tuition  $73,500

    Lunch Program*
    Full-year plan: $1,410
    Semester plan: $815 per semester
    Note: Meals are included in boarding tuition.
    Miscellaneous Fees (2019-20)
    • Books, field trips and incidental expenses typically total $1,000 – $1,300 per year*
    • The Athenian Wilderness Experience: $2,750 (Grade 11 only)*
    • English-intensive courses for international students: $1,720 per year
    • Transportation: $1,000-$2,250 depending on bus route*
    • Middle School Interim and Upper School March Intensive: Amount varies*
    • Parking Permit/Fees (Grade 11-12 day students only) $360 per school year; $220 per semester; $160 per final quarter
    *Financial aid for these expenses if provided to tuition financial aid recipients. The aid is proportionate with a family's tuition financial aid (e.g. a 60% tuition aid recipient will receive 60% aid for these expenses).

    Tuition is billed in either 2 installments (May and July) or 7 monthly installments.

    Other Financial Considerations:
    Tuition alone does not cover the full cost of an Athenian education; the school relies on voluntary tax-deductible contributions (the Annual Fund) to help make up the operating budget gap. Because the need is great, every member of the school community is encouraged to contribute to the Annual Fund each year.
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