Affording a Schechter Westchester Education

Schechter Westchester is committed to ensuring that an outstanding, K-12 Jewish independent-school education is accessible to as many potential students as possible. Socioeconomic diversity is a hallmark of our school community, and more than 50 percent of our families participate in our tuition assistance program. This confidential program is highly flexible, taking into account individual factors including income, assets, number of children in the school, and other financial obligations. Many families who participate in the tuition assistance program at Schechter Westchester never expected that they would qualify for assistance.

No family should feel that Schechter Westchester is out of its reach!

Tuition Assistance Process

To make the allocation process as straightforward, fair, and comprehensive as possible, we utilize the standardized FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment Application. FACTS is an independent company that is the national leader in financial aid assessment for independent schools. Families new to Schechter Westchester should note that a tuition assistance application can be processed only after the student’s admissions application is complete.

The following components are required in order for a tuition assistance application to be processed:

  • FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment Application
  • Copy of your most recently-filed income tax return and W-2 forms (or other relevant tax documents)
  • Supporting tax return schedules
  • Explanatory letter or statement in support of application

The deadline for applying for tuition assistance for an upcoming school year typically takes place in January. Award decisions are communicated to new families in late February and to continuing families in early March.

Applications submitted after January will be considered based upon the availability of tuition assistance funds.

Please contact Chief Financial Officer Tracey Harris with any questions about this process or to request a tuition assistance application. Tracey may be reached by email or by phone at 914-948-8333, ext. 8149.

Payment Plans

Schechter Westchester offers three payment plans through FACTS Tuition Management.

  • Single payment, deducted in June
  • Two equal payments, deducted in June and September
  • Nine equal payments, deducted monthly from June through February

Affordability FAQ

Does applying for tuition assistance have any impact on the admissions process?

No, a family’s financial situation is not taken into account in the admissions process. Financial information is reviewed by the Tuition Assistance Committee, and awards are seen only by the Committee and the Business Office.

What is the maximum income level that a family may have in order to be eligible for tuition assistance?

There is no defined income range for tuition assistance eligibility. The process takes into account several factors, of which income is one. Many families who did not expect to qualify for assistance based upon their income have received tuition assistance awards at Schechter Westchester. To determine eligibility, the school considers income, number of dependents, number of children enrolled in the school, support from family, and the assets of both parents. Most families adjust their spending priorities and carefully manage assets to be able to afford their children’s education.

Does the tuition assistance process determine awards that cover program fees as well as tuition?

Tuition assistance awards pertain to tuition and fees that are listed on the enrollment contract. They do not cover fees for programs that are charged separately. Examples of such programs include (but are not limited to) transportation, Lower School lunch, and afterschool programs. The Senior Year Lev v’Nefesh experience in Poland and Israel includes its own tuition-assistance process.

Does the number of students that a family has in the school have an impact on its eligibility for tuition assistance?

Yes. There are many families in the school that do not qualify for tuition-assistance support when one child is enrolled in school, but do when a second or third child enrolls. Families that are concerned about the ability to afford a Schechter Westchester education once multiple children are enrolled in the school are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance.

Should I complete multiple applications if I have more than one child applying for tuition assistance?

No. Only one application is required per family.

Is tuition that a family pays to other schools and universities taken into account as part of the tuition assistance process?

Yes. It is expected that the family will be applying for tuition assistance at these other institutions as well.

If a student’s parents are separated, divorced, or never married, how do they apply for tuition assistance?

Both custodial and non-custodial parents must apply for tuition assistance and applications may be entirely separate or completed jointly. Financial information is collected to determine the ability, not the willingness, of all parties to financially support the education of their children. The school considers the financial resources of all living parents and requires the cooperation of all parties before tuition assistance awards are determined, unless one of the parents has been assigned sole financial responsibility for the student’s education in a divorce decree. Financial information will not be viewable to another parent online if separate applications are completed, nor will the school share any financial information submitted by another parent. Schechter Westchester does not act as an intermediary between parents and asks that all parties involved communicate directly with each other regarding the education of their children. Potential applicants with complex situations can contact the school to determine a plan of action before submitting an application.

What is FACTS? How does the tuition assistance committee determine an award?

FACTS is a service that evaluates families’ financial information to arrive at the amount of tuition that a family could reasonably afford to pay each year. FACTS uses information you provide through an online application as well as your supporting tax documentation to make its determination. Schechter Westchester’s Tuition Assistance Committee considers the FACTS recommendation in addition to the family’s personal statement and other information to determine a family’s award.

Will my family have to repay the tuition assistance?

No. Tuition assistance is a grant, not a loan. If at some future date your family has the capacity to do so, we hope you will consider making a donation to the Schechter Annual Fund in order to help keep a Schechter Westchester education accessible to other families.

Tuition Schedule for 2017-2018

Tuition and fees for the 2017-18 school year, excluding transportation costs:

GradeTotal Tuition & Fees   
K$23,600
1$25,900
2 through 4$27,500
5$27,900
6$31,900
7$32,400
8$36,200*
9 through 11$40,600
12$39,900**


Tuition Refund Insurance Plan: We encourage parents to avail themselves of the Tuition Refund Program, since student withdrawal, regardless of reason, results in forfeiture of all tuition payments. Details about the Tuition Refund Program are provided with enrollment and registration materials.

Lunch: A hot lunch program is included in tuition & fees for grades 6-12 only. The hot lunch program is optional for all Lower School students (Grades K-5) and involves a separate fee.

*Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gift Fund/Eighth Grade Israel Trip is included in the tuition and fees for eighth grade. This fund is designed to be the only gift each child gives to her/his peers as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift.

**Parents of Seniors Please Note: Tuition and fees for twelfth grade listed above do not include the cost of the Lev v’Nefesh Trip (Poland/Israel Experience).

These words by Rabbi Yishmael, which reflect the essence of our mission, are found in Pirkei Avot. They advise us to lead lives filled with learning, teaching, preservation of our heritage, and social action.

TO LEARN AND TO TEACH, TO OBSERVE AND TO ACT
SOLOMON SCHECHTER
SCHOOL OF WESTCHESTER
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