Tuition and Financial Aid

TUITION FOR 2015-2016
Grades K-12: $42,960

At Dalton, the full cost of books and lunch is included in the annual tuition.  Depending on a student's interests and needs, there may be some additional incidentals (such as the After School Program or student activities in the high school) with an extra cost.

Tuition is payable in two installments, plus the enrollment deposit.  The first installment is due on July 1st.  The second installment is due on January 1st.  As an alternative to these tuition due dates, there is an eight-month payment plan available for Dalton families. 

Financial aid, based on the demonstrated need of a family, is available to supplement family resources for those whose ability to pay school costs is limited.  Dalton is strongly committed to a generously-funded tuition aid program that is designed to ensure that its educational offerings are open to academically qualified applicants regardless of their family's ability to afford the full tuition.

Dalton encourages the families of all applicants to carefully evaluate their own ability to pay school costs for the coming year and in future years.  If a family thinks they will need financial aid, they must apply at the time of admission to be considered for financial aid.  Only due to a significant, unexpected change in circumstances, such as job loss, will consideration for financial aid be granted at a later date, including subsequent years, if the request is not made with a student's initial application for admission.

Eligibility for financial aid is based on a family's demonstrated need; in order to determine the financial need of a family, Dalton utilizes the School and Student Service for Financial Aid by NAIS, and requires financial documentation such as federal tax returns to be submitted.  All financial aid is given in the form of grants which do not have to be repaid.  For the current school year, Dalton granted over $8.6 million in need-based aid to approximately 20% of the student body.  The amount of aid received by families ranges from partial to almost full tuition assistance, and families from a wide range of income levels have qualified for assistance based on individual family circumstances. 
An application for aid will not prejudice an application for admission.  Decisions regarding amounts of financial assistance are determined by the Financial Aid Committee after the Admissions Committee determines eligibility for admission.


Important note:  If you are intending to apply for financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year, please be advised that our financial aid application processing service (SSS) does not open for this year until November 3, 2014.  (Do not attempt to complete an application before this date or you will be applying for the wrong year!)  Applicants who have indicated an interest in financial aid will be emailed instructions for applying for financial aid by late October.

For Applicants to Dalton -- Financial Aid Deadline: January 1, 2015
When completing the application for admission, check the appropriate box on the application to indicate that you are requesting financial aid.  For the next steps, please carefully review the following instructions on how to apply, and be sure to download the following:

Instructions for Applying for Financial Aid
Follow these instructions carefully to be considered for financial aid as an applicant to Dalton.

SSS Required Documents Cover Sheet
You may upload electronic copies of your required supporting documents as part of your online application to SSS, but if you choose to mail in your documents (2013 tax documents, 4506-T form, and any other required documents), you will need to include this cover sheet in the mail with your documents when sending them to SSS so that they can match your documents to your application.  You can either print this generic form and fill in your name and PFS ID number, or you can print a form that is pre-populated with your information by logging in to PFS Online and clicking on "Print your Cover Sheet" from the menu.

IRS Form 4506-T
Complete lines 1-4 and please sign but do not date this form.  Then either scan and upload to SSS, or mail it to SSS with a Required Documents Cover Sheet.

Second Parent Information Waiver Request
Financial information is required from both custodial and non-custodial parents.  Single parents should complete and submit this form in order to request a waiver of a second parent's financial information. 

For Current Dalton Families -- Financial Aid Deadline: March 2, 2015
If your family currently receives tuition assistance for the 2014-2015 year, you will receive an email in December from Jennifer Pease, Director of Financial Aid, providing a reminder of the filing process for renewing your financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year.  (If you have not received this email before Winter Break, please contact Jennifer at to receive the information.) Please remember to get your taxes done early, in February, as they are due to Dalton by March 2, 2015. 

Financial aid for current Dalton families who do NOT currently receive aid is typically not available unless your family qualifies for Emergency Financial Aid.  Emergency Aid is available for families who have gone through a recent, significant, and often temporary change in their financial circumstances, such as job loss, that make affording the full tuition currently impossible without assistance.  To inquire about applying for Emergency Aid, please contact Jennifer Pease at (212) 423-5261 or