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 tuition assistance application is available beginning in late November each year. After a student’s admissions application has been processed and provided that the family has indicated a need for tuition assistance on the application, the school will send tuition assistance application details to new families. Returning families who currently receive tuition assistance will receive an application link annually for the coming year.
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 the tuition assistance process. Tracey may be reached by email or by phone at 914-948-8333, ext. 8149.
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
What is the maximum income level that a family may have in order to be eligible for tuition assistance?
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?
Should I complete multiple applications if I have more than one child applying for tuition assistance?
Is tuition that a family pays to other schools and universities taken into account as part of the tuition assistance process?
If a student’s parents are separated, divorced, or never married, how do they apply for tuition assistance?
Tuition Schedule for 2019-2020
|Grade||Total Tuition & Fees|
|2 through 4||$30,100|
|9 through 11||$42,700|
Student activities that are part of the regular school program, such as overnight trips, are included in the total tuition and fees for all grades. The Eighth Grade Israel Trip is included in the tuition and fees and is designed to be the only Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift each child gives to her/his peers. Additional fees will be incurred for those who elect to participate in the optional hot lunch program and who register for private bus transportation.
Schechter Westchester offers an optional plan to insure tuition and transportation fees in the event of the student’s withdrawal or dismissal. The plan and any exclusions are described in detail here.
* 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).