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Tuition & Financial Assistance

Affording a DCD Education

We recognize that pursuing an independent school education for your child is a very big decision and requires a family to make many sacrifices. It is our goal to help families understand the tuition, payment plan, and financial aid policies that help make a DCD education accessible to our entire school community.

DCD’s tuition is all-inclusive in that it covers all classroom supplies, books, field trips, overnight trips, lunch and snack, and any technology used in the curriculum. Middle school students are given their own personal laptops in 6th grade, which they may keep upon graduation.

Enrollment in our Extended Day Program and enrichment activities, including private music lessons, will incur an added fee. Please follow the links to these programs to understand the associated costs.

2023-24 School Year Tuition

  • Pre-Kindergarten – $29,150
  • Kindergarten – $32,950
  • Grade 1 – $38,100
  • Grade 2 – $38,500
  • Grade 3 – $39,600
  • Grades 4-5 – $43,450
  • Grades 6-8 – $48,800

Payment Plan Options

DCD partners with a company called Smart Tuition to facilitate the tuition payment process and to offer online payment accessible through the DCD parent portal once a child is enrolled. We offer different payment plans to fit families’ needs.

For information about this program, please contact Smart Tuition directly at 888-868-8828. You may also register for online access at DCD’s school code is 11440.

Need-based Financial Assistance

Pursuing an independent school education can represent a significant financial strain on the resources of many families. Our hope is to help make a DCD education accessible to as many students as possible. To that end, a substantial number of need-based grants at varying levels are awarded each year to eligible applicants. For example, for the 2020-21 school year, 25% of our students received close to $1.8 million in assistance.

While families must complete the financial aid application through SSS to determine eligibility, this is just the starting point. Our financial aid committee reviews each financial aid application individually and understands that different families experience different financial pressures and therefore takes into account particular family circumstances and situations.

We hope that you will reach out to us with any questions about bringing a DCD education within your child and family’s reach. Please feel free to contact Bob Santry, our Chief Financial Officer.

The Financial Aid Process

Applying for Financial Aid

DCD uses School and Student Services (SSS) to process financial aid applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Based on the financial information you provide, SSS gives us an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. This helps us make fair and objective financial aid decisions.

To be eligible for consideration for financial aid at Dedham Country Day School new families must complete an application and upload prior-year tax forms (the ones you filled out last spring) by January 15th for a March 10th decision.

Follow the steps listed below under “Applying for Aid Online” to complete an application for financial aid for the 2023–24 school year.

Starting in early October, go to and click on the prompt to begin your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). Only one PFS is required even if you have several children applying to our school. You will be given a password that will allow you to return to your PFS at a later date before submitting it. Please follow the deadlines below:


  • Parents Financial Statement (PFS) due by Jan. 15, 2023
  • 2021 Forms 1040 and schedules (you should already have these forms from last year) due Jan 15, 2023
  • Final pay stubs of the 2022 year – for all jobs worked – for each parent/guardian. Due on January 15, 2023. Please note: we are using pay stubs instead of W-2’s this year.

Financial aid awards are based on family need, not on a child’s academic, athletic, or artistic performance.

  • All financial information and awards are kept strictly confidential. An application for financial aid has no bearing on the Admissions Committee’s decision of whether or not to accept a child.
  • Awards are made for one year only. Families who desire to continue receiving aid must apply annually.
  • A family that has not settled its obligation for the current year will not be eligible to receive an award for the following year.
  • To receive an award, a family must complete an online submission and upload a copy of the prior year’s 1040 tax forms (from last spring) with all schedules. Current forms W-2 are also required to be uploaded. This submission will be examined to verify that the family is using all available resources to pay for the cost of education. Awards are not meant to subsidize discretionary expenses such as those related to a business venture, or a lifestyle, or a parental choice not to work if there are no dependents at home during the school day.
  • The first priority in making awards is to support enrolled students already receiving aid.
  • In those cases when parents are not living together, the resources of both the non-custodial and custodial parent will be considered in establishing the family’s level of need.

For further information, please contact DCD’s Chief Financial Officer, Bob Santry at ext. 2550 or

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Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

71 students are receiving aid for the current school year. This number may change from year to year.

There is no “typical” financial aid family. A family may receive a 22% award, a 47% award, or a 95% award depending on their financial circumstances.

A family earning $75,000 with modest savings and two children in tuition-charging schools may receive aid, or one earning $160,000 with student loans and a sizeable mortgage could as well.

Without a full financial profile, it is not possible to quantify a grant amount, so it is very important to be prompt in filling out information and uploading documents.

DCD awards close to $1.8 million in financial assistance.

The school offers financial aid annually, committing grants to its returning students first. Financials are reviewed each year, and grant amounts adjust according to each family’s ability to pay. DCD recognizes that family circumstances can change, and the annual process ensures that aid is awarded in the context of each family’s current reality.

For new students, financial aid decisions will accompany the child’s March 10 admissions decision. For current students, financial aid awards will be communicated by March 1.

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The Hawk Scholarship: DCD’s Merit-based Award

Now in its third year, DCD’s Hawk Scholarship has been created for highly motivated middle school student iapplicants who embody the values of DCD’s mission. This very selective, merit-based opportunity recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding academic, athletic, or artistic promise and a desire to make a meaningful contribution to their community at DCD.

Learn More About Affording an Independent School Education

School and Student Services by the National Association of Independent Schools offers very useful resources for understanding how to afford an independent school education. Visit their website for access to tips and articles for parents as you enter this process.

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