Tuition and Affordability

Making a Brearley Education Accessible

The investment in a Brearley education unfolds over a lifetime as students engage intellectually with the world, think critically and build relationships throughout and beyond their tenure. At Brearley, we believe that affordability starts with a comprehensive tuition, which supports all essential school programs, and a robust financial aid model to meet the additional needs of a family. In keeping with this mission, tuition for students K-12 in the 2020-2021 school year is $53,990 and supports the following:

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  • $41,875

    Average Financial Aid Award at Brearley
  • $53,990

    Total Cost of Tuition in 2020-2021
  • $7,125,000

    $7,125,000 Total Financial Assistance Awarded
  • 20%

    Percentage of Students Receiving Financial Assistance

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  • Grades K-12 Required Course Books and Supplies

  • Grades K-12 Lunch

  • Grades 9-12 Breakfast

  • Grades 5-8 Co-Curricular Classes

  • Grades K-12 Clubs and Affinity Groups

  • Grades 7-12 Sports and Performing Arts Programs

  • Grades K-12 Field Trips/School Sponsored Overnight Trips

  • Grades K-12 Orchestra

  • Grades K-8 Devices (Chromebooks K-6 and iPads 7&8)

Additional Fees:

Language Immersion Trip
China Trip
India Trip
Maine Semester Program
Mountain School Semester Program
Alabama Trip
School Year Abroad
Athletic Gear
Instrument Rentals

Financial Assistance

The purpose of need-based financial assistance is to make a Brearley education possible for students who would not otherwise have the means to fully participate in our program. The School has historically been able to support every admitted family requiring financial assistance as part of its commitment to having an accessible education for talented students across socio-economic levels. We are grateful for the generosity of our community and the strength of our endowment, which have allowed us to award grants ranging from partial to nearly full tuition each year. In 2020-2021, Brearley will contribute over $7.1 million to 150 members (20%) of our student body, Classes K-XII.

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  • Travel Study Trips

  • Private Music Lessons

  • Instrument Rentals

  • Brooklyn Bus

  • Club Trip Expenses (ie: Model Congress/Model UN Conferences)

  • Class Rings

  • Prom Attendance

A Conscientious and Personalized Assessment

Brearley makes every effort to recognize the distinctiveness of each family’s situation and to award grants, which fully meet their demonstrated need. Current and applying families seeking tuition assistance are asked to complete an application every year through School and Student Service for Financial Assistance (SSS), a service affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), using Brearley's SSS code: 5668.

While every school assesses need based on a unique set of criteria, SSS provides committees with the tools necessary to conduct an equitable and consistent review. Many factors are taken into consideration, including, but not limited to the following:
  • All sources of income from each household
  • The number of children attending tuition-charging schools
  • Assets (investments, home equity, automobiles, etc.)
  • Credit card and educational debt
  • Mortgage/Rent
  • Employment status
  • Investment properties
  • Supplemental businesses
  • Specific forms of depreciation
  • Unreimbursed medical expenses
  • Costs associated with additional dependents

Any information pertaining to a family’s financial situation, including decisions, are confidential, and families are encouraged to communicate directly with the Director of Financial Assistance about any additional concerns or questions that might arise throughout the application process. 

New Applicants

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  • STEP 1: Complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) - Due on December 15, 2020

    Click on the "Complete Your PFS" link to complete one Parent Financial Statement (PFS) even if you have multiple children applying for financial assistance at Brearley and/or other independent schools. 

    Custodial Parents/Guardians who have divorced, separated, or never married and live apart, must complete a separate PFS per household, in addition to uploading separate tax returns and signing the enrollment contract. 

    If one parent has had no involvement with the student for an extended period of time, the custodial parent should complete a
    Parent/Guardian B waiver form (hyperlink) and provide documentation of the situation.

    Brearley’s SSS code number is 1795.
    We suggest that families request a Family Report for themselves, retain a copy of all worksheets as well as user names, passwords, and SSS identification numbers.
  • STEP 2: Upload the Brearley Family Budget Statement into SSS - Due on December 15, 2020

    Outline additional circumstances of which you would like the Committee to be aware.
  • STEP 3: Upload 2019 W2s, 2019 Federal Tax Returns, Business Forms, and 1099 Forms (if applicable) into SSS- Due on December 15, 2020

    Families are encouraged to black out any social security numbers

    Upload each parent’s/guardian’s 2019 W-2 forms

    Upload signed copies of joint or separate 2019 Federal Tax returns, including all schedules exactly as filed. Extensions are not permitted.

    Business owners must upload business tax returns, including 1099s.

    Complete and Upload Form 4506-T lines 1A through 6A and line 9 with the years 2019 and 2020 requested; check the box above the signature; sign, but do not date the form.
  • Notifications of Financial Assistance: Admission Notification Date

    While admission decisions are made separately from Financial Aid decisions, a prospective family will be notified about their financial assistance award at the same time that they receive a decision from the Office of Admission.
  • STEP 4: Upload 2020 W2s, 2020 Federal Tax Returns, Business Forms, and 1099 Forms (if applicable) into SSS- Due on March 1, 2020

    Families are encouraged to black out any social security numbers

    Upload each parent’s/guardian’s 2020 W-2 forms

    Upload signed copies of joint or separate 2020 Federal Tax returns, including all schedules exactly as filed. Extensions are not permitted.

    Business owners must upload business tax returns, including 1099s.

    Families who decide to enroll at Brearley must confirm the award by submitting signed 2020 State and Federal Income Tax forms including all schedules, W-2 and 1099 forms to SSS before April 15, 2021.

    Please note, The Financial Assistance Committee reserves the right to amend any award if 2020 tax returns do not accurately reflect the information provided on a family’s PFS.

Returning Applicants

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  • STEP 1: Complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) - Due on December 15, 2020

    Click on the "Complete Your PFS" link to complete one Parent Financial Statement (PFS) even if you have multiple children applying for financial assistance at Brearley and/or other independent schools. 

    Custodial Parents/Guardians who have divorced, separated, or never married and live apart, must complete a separate PFS per household, in addition to uploading separate tax returns and signing the enrollment contract. 

    If one parent has had no involvement with the student for an extended period of time, the custodial parent should complete a
    Parent/Guardian B waiver form (hyperlink) and provide documentation of the situation.

    Brearley’s SSS code number is 1795. We suggest that families request a Family Report for themselves, retain a copy of all worksheets as well as user names, passwords, and SSS identification numbers.
  • STEP 2: Upload the Brearley Family Budget Statement into SSS - Due on December 15, 2020

    Outline additional circumstances of which you would like the Committee to be aware.
  • STEP 3: Upload 2019 W2s, 2019 Federal Tax Returns, Business Forms, and 1099 Forms (if applicable) into SSS- Due on December 15, 2020

    Families are encouraged to black out any social security numbers

    Upload each parent’s/guardian’s 2019 W-2 forms

    Upload signed copies of joint or separate 2019 Federal Tax returns, including all schedules exactly as filed. Extensions are not permitted.

    Business owners must upload business tax returns, including 1099s.

    Complete and Upload Form 4506-T lines 1A through 6A and line 9 with the years 2019 and 2020 requested; check the box above the signature; sign, but do not date the form.
  • STEP 4: Upload 2020 W2s, 2020 Federal Tax Returns, Business Forms, and 1099 Forms (if applicable) into SSS- Due on April 15, 2020

    Families are encouraged to black out any social security numbers

    Upload each parent’s/guardian’s 2020 W-2 forms

    Upload signed copies of joint or separate 2020 Federal Tax returns, including all schedules exactly as filed. Extensions are not permitted.

    Business owners must upload business tax returns, including 1099s.
  • Notifications of Financial Assistance Awards: May

    Returning families applying for the first time or reapplying for financial assistance will receive their notifications in May. A family must sign their contract for the upcoming school year in order to be considered for financial assistance.
The Brearley School is a K-XII independent day school for girls in New York City. Empowering girls of adventurous intellect to think critically and creatively.
610 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582 

590 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582