Affording a Poly Education

Since its founding in 1907, Polytechnic School has been committed to sustaining a financial aid program to make a Poly education accessible to families from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Financial aid is awarded across all grade levels representing approximately 23% of the student community. Financial aid grants are used to meet a family’s full demonstrated financial need. We do not offer loans or merit scholarships. To ensure that all students can fully participate in the Poly experience, additional financial aid grants may be available to assist with other costs, such as books, technology, and co-curricular expenses.

Admission committees review applications without knowledge of financial aid requests, and a separate committee determines financial aid awards. Families who apply for financial assistance receive a notification letter at the same time as their child’s admission decision.

Tuition and fees for 2020-2021*

  • Grades K-5 = $31,200
  • Grades 6-8 = $36,100
  • Grades 9-12 = $40,400
*Tuition and fees adjusted annually
If you have any questions, please contact us by email at or by phone at (626) 396-6320.

Household Incomes of Students Receiving Financial Aid

Household Income Range
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid
$25,000 - $99,000
$100,000 - $199,000
$200,000 - $300,000+

Some Facts About Financial Aid at Poly

  • 23% of Poly students receive financial aid
  • $5.2 million dollar financial aid budget
  • Grants range from 5-99% tuition cost

Important Financial Aid Dates

List of 3 events.

  • Jan

    FAST Application DUE

    Complete the financial aid application through Independent School Management’s Financial Aid for School Tuition Program (FAST)
  • Feb

    Supporting Forms DUE

    Submit a copy of each parent/guardian’s 2019 federal tax return, W2s, 1099 forms, and all supporting schedules. If you have either an S-Corp or Partnership listed on Schedule E of your 1040, please submit the corresponding K-1s and form 1065 or 1120S; Final 2019 federal and state tax returns are required to be awarded financial aid, but a draft copy is acceptable until final returns are submitted to FAST to meet the deadline.
  • Mar

    Families FA Notification

    Families of admitted students will receive notice of their financial aid award along with their admission notification.

Financial Aid FAQs

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I apply for financial aid?

    Prospective families, or current Poly families applying with a new applicant should visit our Affording Poly web page for application instructions. Current Poly families with questions about re-applying, or applying for financial aid for the first time, should contact the Financial Aid Director for instructions.
  • When should I apply for financial aid?

    Please review our Affording Poly webpage for current dates and deadlines. You should not wait to hear about your admission decision before applying for financial aid. In general, if a family does not apply for financial aid at the time they apply for admission, unless there has been an unexpected and significant change in their financial status, financial assistance will not be awarded.
  • What is the typical amount of an award?

    There is no “typical” award, as families are evaluated based on their individual circumstances. Current awards range from less than 10% to almost 100% of tuition cost. 
  • When will I receive my financial aid decision?

    Admitted students will receive notice of their financial aid decision at the same time as the admission notification. We do not provide financial aid decisions to students who are denied or placed in our waiting pool. Financial aid applicants who are admitted from the waiting pool will receive their financial aid decision at that time.
  • Does Poly offer merit or athletic scholarships?

    Poly does not offer academic, athletic, or other merit scholarships. Financial aid at Poly is completely need-based.
  • Does applying for financial aid influence the admission decision?

    Poly’s Admission Committees review candidates without knowing whether or not they are applying for financial aid. After making their recommendations for admission, those who applied for financial aid are referred to the Financial Aid Committee to determine financial need. Though our financial aid budget is substantial, we may have more qualified applications than we have the means to fund.
  • 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.
  • What if I have more questions about the financial aid process?

    Please review our Financial Aid Guidebook for an in-depth look at our policies and guidelines. Contact our Financial Aid Director with specific questions.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

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.