Dalton is strongly committed to a generously-funded tuition assistance 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 have the need, to be considered for financial aid, they must apply at the time of admission. Only due to a significant, unexpected change in circumstances, such as job loss, occuring subsequent to the student's enrollment, 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 $10 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 aid 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.