Affording The Little School

Diversity is one of the three founding pillars of the Little School, and socioeconomic diversity is an essential part of that commitment. We therefore provide discounted tuition to families in order to help them afford our school.  Currently 21% of our families receive a discount on tuition ranging from 5% to 95% of the cost of the program, including extended care and summer camp. While every family is expected to pay some portion of the tuition and to support the community to the extent that individual family circumstances permit, we do not expect tuition to be the same for everyone.

The discounted tuition process at The Little School is simple: applicants submit an online form, the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), to  School and Student Services (SSS). SSS is a third-party organization that keeps your information confidential. The PFS gathers information about family income, expenses, assets, liabilities and other factors that might influence a family’s ability to pay tuition. School and Student Services impartially analyzes the financial information families provide and computes a recommended family contribution for tuition. 

The PFS is due to School and Student Services on January 27, 2020. IRS tax forms and supporting documentation are due to SSS by February 14, 2020. Families are encouraged to submit materials well in advance of the deadlines. To learn more about financial guidelines for families and best practices for schools, please read School and Student Services' Guiding Principles for Families

Admission decisions and discounted tuition award information are sent to families in mid-March. Families apply for discounted tuition annually; however, if your income does not vary significantly year to year, you can expect to receive a similar percentage of discount each year.

Key Dates for Discounted Tuition Applications

December 6, 2019

            Admissions Applications Due to The Little School

January 27, 2020

            Parents Financial Statement due to School and Student Services

February 14, 2020

            IRS Form 4506 and Federal Tax Forms 1040 with all supporting schedules due to School and Student Services

The Little School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in administration of its discounted tuition, or school-administered programs.