Education Within Reach

About 24% of Clairbourn families are awarded tuition assistance through our Tuition Assistance Program each year, and we can help you through each step of the process! Be sure to download the two PDF documents below that will guide you through the application process, and please take a moment to read through the Frequently Asked Questions.
Parents can apply by using the Tuition Assistance Application submitted through FAST. For questions about FAST, please email our Director of Business & Finance Janice Elmore.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Who can apply for Tuition Assistance?

    Any student currently enrolled or newly accepted applicants can apply for Tuition Assistance. Tuition Assistance grants will only be awarded to newly accepted students and current students enrolled for the following school year and whose tuition account is current. About 24% of Clairbourn students are receiving some amount of Tuition Assistance.
  • How do I apply for Tuition Assistance?

    Access the FAST online application by clicking on the orange “Apply for Tuition Assistance” button above. For new students applying to the school, applications and tax information must be received by February 15th. Returning student applications and tax information must be submitted no later than February 28th.
  • Will I qualify for assistance?

    Every family situation is reviewed carefully, and an individual decision is made based on all available information. Therefore, it is very difficult to offer general guidelines by which you can determine your own eligibility.
  • What factors are considered?

    All of Clairbourn’s Tuition Assistance awards are strictly need-based. No Tuition Assistance awards are given for academic merit or special talents. (Qualified middle school students in grades 6-8 may apply for a separate Middle School Merit Scholarship which can be combined with Tuition Assistance).

    Although family income level is an important consideration, many other factors enter into the decision-making process: number of children in the family, number of children attending schools for which tuition is paid, other family dependents, assets (including housing) and liabilities, unusual expenses, and so on. The school will learn of these special considerations from the information you provide on the application.
  • To what extent will I be expected to use my own resources?

    We begin the review of each family’s financial circumstances with the assumption that family resources will be used to the maximum extent possible. We anticipate that this will involve some degree of sacrifice. We ask that you give careful thought to the maximum amount of tuition that you can reasonably pay, and ask only for that which cannot realistically be paid from your own resources or those of your extended family.
  • What is the size of a typical award? Is there a dollar limit?

    The most common awards are in the 45%-85% of tuition range. Clairbourn does not provide assistance for fees, dues and other incidental expenses. The average amount of financial aid awarded for one year is $15,013 (as of 07-25-2019).
  • Will I be expected to repay the tuition assistance?

    No. Tuition Assistance is a grant, not a loan. If at some future date your family’s financial situation improves, we hope you will consider making a donation to the school to help enable other deserving students to attend Clairbourn.
  • What if I am separated/divorced/remarried?

    The non-custodial parent is expected to complete an online application. While recognizing that divorce can create challenging situations, it is expected that all available family resources will be committed to the Clairbourn education, from both the custodial and the non-custodial parent. It is also the school’s policy to consider the resources of a stepparent in making an award determination. However, unique or unusual circumstances will be considered.
  • Must I reapply each year for assistance?

    Yes. Financial circumstances often change from year to year, and in order to allocate our limited resources wisely, it will be necessary for you to re-apply each year for Tuition Assistance. Many families keep a copy of their completed application to use as reference for the following year.
  • Does tuition assistance affect my child’s chances for admission?

    No. Clairbourn maintains a need-blind admissions policy; that is, students are admitted on the basis of individual merit, not on the basis of ability to pay. The committee which selects students operates separately from the committee which allocates Tuition Assistance. Tuition Assistance requests are reviewed by the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees only after the admissions decisions have been made.
  • Will my records be confidential?

    Yes. The Director of Business and Finance maintains strict confidentiality over Tuition Assistance files. Teachers and students are not informed of Tuition Assistance decisions.
  • What if I do not qualify for sufficient Tuition Assistance?

    Several organizations offer various options specifically designed to meet tuition financing needs. Clairbourn does not endorse any particular organization or plan.
  • Is there a payment plan option?

    The standard payment plan calls for payment of 60% of tuition on July 1st and 40% on January 1st. You may wish to explore a monthly payment plan through the school, or a loan or payment plan through an outside organization.
    With the monthly payment plan, your tuition obligation is spread over 10 months with payments due on the 1st of each month beginning in July and ending in the following April.

    Families who opt to pay monthly are also required to participate in the Tuition Refund Plan (TRP Insurance). Families who have been approved for the monthly payment plan must also sign up for the school’s Automatic Payment Agreement where the payment will electronically be deducted from your designated bank account.

    Please contact the Business Office for additional information. No other payment plan or loan options are offered by the school.

Middle School Merit Scholarships

New middle school students who qualify may be eligible for Merit Scholarships — a tuition credit which can also be combined with Tuition Assistance.  Please visit our Merit Scholarships page to learn more.
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6th-8th Grade Students

Clairbourn has Merit Scholarships for new students entering Grades 6-8 who qualify with exceptional grades, citizenship, recommendations, and ISEE test scores. See our Merit Scholarship page for full details on eligibility, requirements, and how to apply.  There are a limited number of scholarships. Apply today!

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