Financing a Poly education

Polytechnic School strives to enroll students with strong academic potential and intellectual curiosity who will bring a wide variety of talents, skills, interests, and backgrounds to the school community. Since its founding in 1907, the school has been committed to maintaining a financial aid program to support its enrollment objectives and to make a Poly education accessible to a wide range of students.

At Poly, financial aid is a confidential and thoughtful process. Financial aid is awarded across all grade levels representing 20 to 25 percent of the student body and is designed to provide recipients access to the full Poly experience. To that end, Poly’s tuition rates already reflect most fees, and a financial aid grant may include certain other costs of attending school, such as books and Advanced Placement exams. Supporting current students is a priority, and financial aid decisions are made each year based upon demonstrated need, within the school’s overall budget.

Admission committees review applications without knowledge of financial aid requests, and a separate committee determines financial aid. Final offers of admission consider many factors to achieve overall enrollment goals, including the school’s budgetary considerations.

Tuition and fees for 2016-17

Grades K-5 = $26,400
Grades 6-8 = $30,900
Grades 9-12 = $34,800

How to apply for financial aid

Families interested in applying for aid must file applications through the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Program. Please click on the following links for Poly's financial aid application procedurepolicies and guidelines, and schedule of deadlines.

Frequently asked questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I apply for financial aid?

    Visit our financial aid page for information and application instructions. Financial aid information is also mailed to current families with the Dec. 1 tuition billing.
  • What factors are considered in determining the amount of assistance?

    All of Poly’s awards are based strictly on demonstrated need. Priority is given to current families. Poly does not give scholarships for special talents nor academic merit. Although family income level is a significant consideration, many other factors figure in the decision-making process. These factors include the number of children attending schools for which tuition is paid, other family dependents, assets and liabilities, and unusual expenses. These special considerations will be identified from the information on the financial aid application and any other supplemental information that families provide.
  • What is the typical amount of an award?

    There is no “typical” award, as families are evaluated individually. Current awards range from less than 10% to almost 100%. The school does exercise caution so that it does not commit an unreasonably large portion of its limited resources to a single family where multiple children are attending Poly. It is assumed that family resources will be used to the maximum extent possible.
  • We have children in college for whom we are paying tuition. How much consideration does the school give to that?

    The school does give consideration to college tuition but only to the extent equal to Poly’s high school tuition.
  • What if I am separated or divorced?

    While the school recognizes the challenges involved in these situations, it is expected that all family resources will be committed to the Poly education. Both custodial and non-custodial parents are required to complete financial aid applications and submit all necessary documentations.
  • What if I have remarried or there are other adults living in the household?

    Resources of stepparents or other adults living in the household will be considered. Financial information will be required from all parties that contribute to the maintenance of the household.
  • I am a stay-at-home parent. Will that affect the amount of assistance my family receives?

    When a parent does not work and there are no preschool children or family members requiring care in the household, the school will impute an annual income to the non-working parent.
  • Will my records be confidential?

    The financial aid committee, composed of senior administrators, maintains strict confidentiality over financial aid files. Only those who are directly involved in the decision making and administration of financial aid have access to the information. Admission committees review applications without knowledge of financial aid applications. Confidentiality is required from aid recipient families as well.
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Polytechnic School admits students of any race, color, national or 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 or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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