Tuition & Financial Aid

About Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2023-2024 school year, for grades K-12, is $61,120. Dalton's tuition includes the full cost of books, laptops/tablets, and lunch. Depending on a student's interests and needs, there may be additional costs beyond tuition, such as the After School program, global trips, or student activities in high school. 

Options for tuition payment include a single full-year payment (due by July 1), two bi-annual installments (July 1 & January 1), or an eight-month monthly payment plan (May - December). 

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 assistance program that is designed to ensure that our educational offerings are open to academically qualified applicants regardless of their family's ability to afford the full tuition. Through our commitment to financial aid that is strictly need-based, we strive to maintain a socio-economically diverse student body and to ensure that our process of allocating aid is fair and equitable. 

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

Eligibility for financial aid is based on a family's demonstrated need -- as determined by important factors such as family income, assets, family size, and tuition obligations for other dependent children. In order to determine the financial need of a family, Dalton utilizes recommendations from School and Student Services, 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 $13 million in need based aid to approximately 20% of the student body. The amount of aid received by families rates from partial to almost full assistance, and families from a wide range of income levels have qualified based on individual family circumstances.

How to Apply: New Applicants

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  • 1) When completing your admissions application to Dalton, indicate your interest in financial aid. -- DUE NOVEMBER 18, 2022

    You will be asked on the admissions application if you will be requesting financial aid. Please select 'yes'. This will ensure that you receive important communications regarding financial aid steps, events, and deadlines, and will allow our team to follow up with you if a piece of the financial aid application is missing.
  • 2) Complete and submit your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) -- DUE JANUARY 12, 2023

    Take care to report all items on the PFS as thoroughly and accurately as possible for 2022 and projecting for 2023.

    Be sure to list Dalton (SSS code: 2716) as a school to receive your SSS report. Please note: You need to complete only one PFS even if you have several children applying to Dalton, or to other schools that use SSS.
  • 3) Submit the required supporting documents to SSS. -- DUE JANUARY 12, 2023

    Dalton requires the following documents to be submitted to SSS after you complete your PFS:
    • Your most recent (2021) federal tax return (including all applicable schedules & attachments).
    • Your most recent (2021) W-2 and/or 1099 forms.
    • Any business federal tax filings for the most recent year, if parents are owners/partners of a corporation or partnership.
    • Recent mortgage/rent statement or rental lease for primary residence and any additional property owned
    • End-of-year pay (2022) pay stub

    Upload your documents directly in the “Manage Documents” section at the School and Student Services website, or send paper copies to SSS by mail (be sure to include the SSS Cover Sheet, which will be available to you to print after submitting your PFS online). Upload is the faster and preferred method.

Annual Renewal: Current Families

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Temporary Emergency Financial Aid

For currently-enrolled families who have experienced a significant, unexpected, and often temporary disruption to their income or resources and who may need support from the school to keep their children enrolled at Dalton, we want to help.

If you expect that you will not be able to make your upcoming tuition payment, we encourage you to reach out early, as that will allow us the most opportunity to work out an alternative payment arrangement. Diane DiMuro, Dalton's Billing Manager (212-423-5440), is available to counsel families about alternative payment plans that may be arranged.

Emergency tuition aid in these situations may also be available (but is limited).  As per our principles for financial aid administration, in all cases families must demonstrate need, and must also submit documentation that verifies their current financial situation and that a significant change has occurred since the student's initial enrollment. Parents should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the change in their situation, as documentation may vary based upon the context, but may include several years of past tax returns, business tax returns if parents are owners/partners of a business, furlough/termination letter, recent pay stubs, and recent bank or investment statements -- and of course, the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS).
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