Tuition

The 2018-19 tuition fee of $49,500 includes lunch, laboratory fees, an iPad and most field trip transportation. It does not include books and art supplies (average $500), transportation to and from school, tutoring, special testing, private or group lessons at The Rivers School Conservatory, ski team fees, optional school supplies, athletic store items, and other occasional charges.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The Rivers School seeks to enroll a diverse student body including families of varying socio-economic backgrounds. As such, we are committed to a financial aid program that makes a Rivers education available to qualified applicants. No applicant should be deterred from applying for admission due to financial constraints. In the current academic year, Rivers has awarded more than $4.2 million in need-based financial aid. Historically, awards have ranged from $1,000 through nearly the full cost of tuition.

Please note that financial need is not taken into consideration when determining whether or not a candidate will be admitted to the school. Admission and financial aid are two separate processes. All financial aid is need-based; The Rivers School does not offer any merit scholarships.

Candidates are evaluated for financial aid based on demonstrated need as evidenced through the nationally standardized system for analysis offered by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). Although this review is very complete and takes into consideration many factors, including income, certain expenses, assets, allowable debt, family size and the number of children attending tuition charging schools and colleges, some families have special circumstances that they wish to report. In such a case, please be sure to indicate your concerns in the Additional Comments section of the Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS), or contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Rivers does expect families to consider and utilize all available resources, including family income, assets, student summer jobs, etc.

Our Financial Aid application deadline is January 15th. To be considered for financial assistance, it is very important that you complete your application and submit all documentation by our deadline. To apply for financial aid, families must do the following:

• Download and read our Financial Aid Policies and comply with our Financial Aid Procedures. Both are available on this page.
• Complete a Parent’s Financial Statement through SSS by January 15th. The PFS for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available on October 2nd, 2018. A separate PFS must be completed by each parent if divorced or separated and filing separate tax returns.
• Upload tax documentation to SSS by January 15th.
• Send a signed IRS Form 4506-T directly to the Rivers Financial Aid Office by January 15th.

In addition to the PFS, the SSS Family Portal offers a PFS Online Workbook, Family Guide to Financial Aid, Spanish-version PFS worksheet and helpful hints to assist you. If at any time you have any questions about financial aid or the financial aid application process, please be sure to call the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at (339) 686-2253 or contact Gillian Lloyd, Director of Financial Aid at g.lloyd@rivers.org or Anne Tuomey, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at a.tuomey@rivers.org.

Financing a Rivers Education

To make a Rivers School education affordable for as many families as possible, the school offers a payment plan and financing options in addition to financial aid. Financial Aid is only available to families based on demonstrated financial need (Rivers does not offer scholarships based on merit). 

Tuition may be paid in two payments no later than June 15 and December 1. Tuition refund insurance is recommended for all families. 

A monthly payment plan is available through Tuition Management Systems

Two third-party lenders that we know of offer educational loans to families at reasonable interest rates. These programs are Sallie Mae K-12 Family Education Loan Plan, and Your Tuition Solution.

Financial Aid Policies & Procedures

Auxiliary Financial Aid Fund

The Auxiliary Financial Aid Fund is a source for Rivers student financial aid recipients who seek additional support for expenses they may incur above and beyond tuition. Examples of such expenses include, but are not limited to: student conferences, school sponsored trips, student activity program fees such as debate team or Model UN Club travel, athletic trips, academic, music and technology related expenses. There is an application process for families seeking this additional financial support. Please click here for the application.