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TUITION, FEES & EXPENSES

Miss Porter’s School recognizes that not all of the students interested in attending our school may be able to afford the full cost of a Porter’s education. To assist families in meeting the cost of a Porter’s education, we offer need-based aid, merit-based scholarships, and payment plans. Families who receive financial aid at Porter’s represent a wide range of financial backgrounds. In the 2019-2020 school year, approximately 34 percent of Porter’s students received need-based aid, totaling over $3.9 million. Many of our financial aid awards are endowed, in full or in part, through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations.

Boarding Students
Tuition $64,330
Annual School Fee $845
Total $65,175
Student Medical Insurance​ $2,100
Tuition Refund Insurance $895
Day Students
Tuition $51,800
Annual School Fee $680
Total $52,480
Student Medical Insurance​ $1,900
Tuition Refund Insurance $720
International Students

All international students, as well as U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents living abroad, are required to pay an annual International Student Fee of $750 in addition to the boarding tuition and annual school fee.

financial aid information

Financial aid is determined through the analysis of a family’s financial resources, including income and assets. To determine awards, the financial aid committee evaluates financial information and strives to make fair and objective financial aid decisions based on the needs analysis system of the School and Student Services (SSS) for Financial Assistance, a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. SSS provides Porter’s with a Report of Family Contribution which is used as a guide, however Porter’s completes an independent calculation for every application. To request need-based financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year, your financial aid application must be completed by January 15, 2021. To begin your financial aid application, please follow the steps below.

Need-based Aid

How to start your financial aid application

  1. Beginning on October 2, 2019, go to this link.
  2. Click on the prompt to begin the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). You only need to complete one PFS even if you have more than one child applying to Porter’s.
  3. You will be given a username and password that will allow you to return to your PFS at a later date before submitting it. Your information will be secure.
  4. You will be given instructions on the website about electronically uploading or sending additional required documents to SSS.

documents needed to complete your application

  • Copies of the family’s signed 2019 Federal Tax Form 1040 (including all schedules) and 2019 W-2 forms (from both parents/guardians by Jan. 15).
  • Copies of 2020 W-2 forms (from both parents/guardians by Feb. 15).
  • Copies of 2019 business tax returns and related schedules for parents/guardians who own or are part owners of a business or farm. This may include Schedule C, Schedule SE, Form 1065, Form 1120, Form 1120S, and any Schedule K-1 Forms received.
  • For parents/guardians who are maintaining separate households, a separate PFS form and supporting tax documents from both households (including stepparents) are required.
  • Student tax returns (if filed).
  • Verification of children in tuition-charging schools. This may include Form 1098T for college students or a tuition statement for a child enrolled in an independent school.


If you need assistance in completing the PFS or uploading documents to the SSS website, please contact the SSS Customer Service Center at 800-344-8328.

payment options

Option 1: Annual — Pay in full by August 1 & WAIVE Tuition Insurance
1 payment

Option 2: Annual — Pay in full by August 1 & ENROLL in Tuition Insurance
1 payment

Option 3: Two Payments — July and December & ENROLL in Tuition Insurance
2 payments

Option 4: 10 Monthly Payments — May through February & ENROLL in Tuition Insurance
10 payments

Merit Scholarships

trustee scholarships

Upon applying for admission, students are automatically considered for our prestigious Trustee Scholarships. Scholarship recipients demonstrate strong academic achievement in addition to significant accomplishments in the arts, athletics, leadership, service, or global citizenship. Trustee Scholarships are partial tuition scholarships that are renewed annually. Each year, 10 trustee scholarships in amounts up to $10,000 each are awarded to new students. Students will receive notification with their application decision on March 10th if they are selected to be a recipient of a Trustee Scholarship.

There is no separate application required to be considered for a Trustee Scholarship. Additional information regarding personal achievements or awards that you would like the Admission team to receive in the form of supplementary documents or photos can be uploaded in the Interests and Achievements section under the Academics and Personal Achievements area of the SAO admission application. If you would like to share any links or videos, upload them to the Multimedia Links section of the SAO admission application. If you have already submitted these sections of the SAO admission application and would still like to include supplementary materials in the form of PDF, photos, or multimedia links, please email your submissions to admissions@missporters.org.

Students with significant experience in the arts, athletics, leadership, service, or global citizenship may contact the following faculty members for additional information about their specific programs, and submit to their SAO supplementary materials according to the guidelines listed below.

Contact Director of Athletics Avi Dubnov at adubnov@missporters.org to discuss their sport(s) of interest and experience. In addition, students may include a resume of related experience and awards as part of their application for admission.

Work in the area of leadership, service, and global citizenship can be outlined in your admission application. If you have additional material demonstrating your work in these areas, please upload it to your SAO admission application. For questions, contact Sarah Quinn, Director of Admission, at squinn@missporters.org.

Contact Director of Dance Tessa Grunwald at tgrunwald@missporters.org to submit a video recording of a class and a prepared piece.

Contact Director of Music Patrick Reardon at preardon@missporters.org to discuss your interest and how to submit a video recording.

Contact Director of the Visual Arts Department, Grier Torrence at gtorrence@missporters.org. A digital portfolio containing a minimum of 10 pieces may be uploaded to your SAO Admission application. A portfolio may include but is not limited to prints, collages, or computer graphics. Work may be presented in multimedia slides, but there must be a minimum of three actual paintings or drawings in the portfolio.

Contact photography/cinematography teacher Josh Bezdek at jbezdek@missporters.org. A digital portfolio containing a minimum of 10 pieces in slide format or photographs may be submitted through your SAO application. A portfolio may be in slide format or photographs.

Contact ceramics teacher Ariana Kolins at akolins@missporters.org. A digital portfolio (photographs or slides) of a minimum of ten pieces may be submitted through your SAO application.

Contact Director of Drama Alexandra London-Thompson at alondonthompson@missporters.org. You may submit through your SAO application a link to a video audition consisting of 2 contrasting monologues of no more than 4 minutes total. You may also send a video consisting of 1-2 vocal performances of 17 measures each (does not count towards the 4 minutes), as well as a headshot and resume.

SARAH PORTER SCHOLARSHIPS

Porter’s offers scholarships to New Girls who are daughters or granddaughters of Porter’s graduates. Sarah Porter Scholarships are partial tuition scholarships that are renewed annually. These awards are given in amounts up to $7,500. 

Students will receive notification with their application decision on March 10th if they are selected to be a recipient of a Sarah Porter Scholarship. These scholarships are only awarded to incoming students.

Please contact Director of Financial Aid Kim Mount at 860-409-3618 or kmount@missporters.org if you have questions about merit-based scholarships or need-based aid at Porter’s.

financial aid timelines

See some important dates below. 

For New applicants

October 2
Families may begin completing the PFS online at http://sssbynais.org/parents 
 
January 15
Financial aid application deadline.  Families must send signed 2018 Federal Tax Form 1040 (including all schedules) and 2018 W-2 Forms to SSS.  

February 15
Deadline for submission of 2019 W-2 Forms to SSS. Please note you do not need to submit your 2019 Federal Tax Form 1040.
 
March 10
Families are notified of admission and financial aid decisions.

April 10
Enrollment contract and tuition deposit due.

for returning students

Note: Returning families must reapply for financial aid each year their child is enrolled.

October 2
Families may begin completing the PFS online at http://sssbynais.org/parents 

 
November 1
Deadline to submit PFS and all 2018 supporting tax documentation. (Refer to requirements for need-based aid.) Please note that you do not need to submit copies of your 2019 Federal Tax Form 1040. 

Financial aid award decisions will be available at the time online enrollment contracts are released in February.

financial aid faq’s

To be considered for need-based financial aid, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and the family must be filing U.S. income taxes. Families must reapply for financial assistance each year the student is enrolled.

While the financial aid committee will accept and review your application, the financial aid budget will have been set based on the school’s commitment to fund students already receiving financial aid at Porter’s. This means there is typically limited (if any) funds available for including additional students in the financial aid budget. It is therefore important that you apply for financial aid at the time of the student’s application to Porter’s.

Beginning on October 2, please visit sss.nais.org/parents to complete your PFS and submit the required documentation by the deadlines indicated on the SSS website.

Both households, including step-parents, must complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) and provide their prior year’s tax return and W2s.

Yes, parents/guardians will need to provide their business tax return as well as their personal tax return and all schedules. This may include Schedule C, Schedule E, Form 1065, Form 1120, Form 1120S, and any Schedule K-1 forms received.

Along with School and Student Services (SSS), Porter’s estimates financial need by reviewing a family’s prior year’s tax return, W2s, and Parents Financial Statement. SSS provides Porter’s with a Report of Family Contribution which is used as a guide, and Porter’s completes an independent calculation for every application. Once a file is calculated, Porter’s Financial Aid Committee meets to discuss the family’s data and determines the family contribution and financial aid award.

Parents/guardians of newly admitted students are notified of financial aid and scholarship decisions by March 10. Returning families can expect to receive their award information with their online enrollment contracts in February.

Families can expect that financial aid will continue throughout the student’s enrollment provided that a family continues to demonstrate need. The size of the award can vary according to a family’s financial circumstances and tuition increases.

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