Tuition, Fees & Financial Assistance

Application Fee
  • Early Education-12th: $125
  • International Applicants: $350
Tuition
Tuition Payment Options

Upon the approval and acceptance of an enrollment contract, a non-refundable advance tuition payment of $2,500 is due. This advance will be applied to your first month's payment. Parents may select a one-pay, two-pay, or ten-pay payment plan, please refer to the Tuition and Fees Schedule on the contract for specific payment dates. Two-pay and ten-pay options require a mandatory payment plan and tuition insurance premium. Details and more information may be obtained from the Admissions Office.  New students will have a New Student Fee of $2,500.


Financial Assistance

Pilgrim School is committed to making a Pilgrim School education accessible to students from diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds. In order to accomplish this goal, Pilgrim School offers a financial assistance program and three payment plans designed to assist families meet their payment obligations. The Governing Board of the School determines tuitions in January of each year and endeavors to set the tuition at a reasonable level to cover the anticipated expenses for the following school year.

Applying for Financial Assistance

Parents should complete and submit applications online beginning December 1, 2022 through the School & Student Services by NAIS website using the Pilgrim School code: 5782. Applications should be completed no later than January 15, 2023, although late applications will be considered if financial assistance funds are still available.

In addition, the following documents are required:

  • Copies of the federal tax return for the last two years (2021 and 2022) including form 1040 and all supporting schedules filed with tax return (for example; Schedule A - Itemized Deductions, Schedule B - Interest and Dividend Income, Schedule C – Profit/ Loss from Business, etc.)
  • Forms W-2
  • Signed IRS Form 4506-T

Please note that these forms may be uploaded with the PFS through the SSS website or submitted directly to the business office no later than January 16, 2023. If the 2021 federal tax return has not been filed by February 15, 2023, please submit a copy when filed but not later than February 28, 2023. Pilgrim School reserves the right to deny a financial assistance award if tax returns are not submitted. Please also note that financial assistance applications are considered when all required documents are received, tax return copies and attachments may delay processing of application.

Pilgrim School is committed to making a Pilgrim School education accessible to students from diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds. In order to accomplish this goal, Pilgrim School offers a financial assistance program and three payment plans designed to assist families meet their payment obligations. The Governing Board of the School determines tuition levels by January of each year and endeavors to set the tuition at a reasonable level to cover the anticipated expenses for the following school year.


Financial Assistance FAQs

What does a Pilgrim School education cost?

Tuition for the academic year 2023-24 will be available on our website at the end of January, 2023. Please visit our website for the current year tuition schedule. Please note that there are also customary fees including: Enrollment fees, parent association fees, grade fees, and optional after-care fees. Additional out of pocket expenses include overnight trips, sports, school uniforms, and lunch. Parents are requested to contribute to the annual fund, which covers the gap between the amount raised by tuition, including fees and the actual expenses of the school

What is financial assistance?

As a result of generous donations to the school, a portion of the operating budget is set aside each year for financial assistance to help parents who might find the cost of a Pilgrim education beyond their reach. These funds are offered to admitted applicants or returning students when need is determined. Pilgrim does not offer loans

How do I apply for financial assistance?

Parents should complete and submit applications online beginning in December through the School & Student Services by NAIS website at http://sssbynais.force.com using the Pilgrim School code: 5782. Applications should be completed no later than January 14, 2022, although late applications will be considered if financial assistance funds are still available. If a family is unable to apply online, please contact the Pilgrim School Admissions Office at 213-355-5204. In addition, the following documents are required: • Copies of the federal tax return for the last two years (2020 and 2021) including form 1040 and all supporting schedules filed with tax return (for example; Schedule A - Itemized Deductions, Schedule B - Interest and Dividend Income, Schedule C – Profit/ Loss from Business, etc.) • Forms W-2 • Signed IRS Form 4506-T. Please note that these forms may be uploaded with the PFS through the SSS website or submitted directly to the business office no later than January 14, 2022. If the 2021 federal tax return has not been filed by January 14, please submit a copy when filed but not later than February 15, 2022. We encourage families to file tax returns as soon as possible as applications submitted with all required documents will be considered first. Pilgrim School reserves the right to deny a financial aid award if tax returns are not submitted

Will I qualify for assistance?

Each 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. For further information or to discuss particular circumstances, please contact Pilgrim School at 213-355-5213. The school provides tuition assistance to as many qualifying families as possible.

What factors are considered?

All Pilgrim School financial assistance awards are based strictly on demonstrated need. Priority is given to current families. No awards are given to students in Early Education. Although family income level is an important consideration, many other factors enter into the decision-making process, including the number of children in the family, number of children attending schools for which tuition is paid, other family dependents, assets and liabilities, and unusual circumstances

What if I am separated or divorced? What if I have remarried?

Both custodial and non-custodial parents are expected to complete separate Parents’ Financial Statements (PFS). While recognizing that divorce may create challenging situations, it is expected that all available family resources will be committed to a child’s education, from both the custodial and non-custodial parents. The school will also consider resources of a step-parent in making an award determination. However, unique or unusual circumstances will be considered

What is the size of a typical award?

There is no “typical” award. Awards range from $1,000 to an amount close to covering full tuition. Pilgrim School must exercise caution to ensure that it does not commit an unreasonably large portion of limited resources to a single family. Currently, 52 students are receiving financial assistance with an average award of $13,873

To what extent will I be expected to use my own resources?

Many families seek assistance through the financial assistance program each year. The school’s resources are limited and we expect that each family will use their financial resources to the maximum extent possible. We understand that this may involve some degree of sacrifice and ask that you give careful thought to the maximum amount of tuition which you can reasonably pay considering your own resources and those of your extended family, when available

Must I reapply each year for assistance?

Yes. Financial circumstances may change from year to year, and in order to allocate our limited resources wisely, it will be necessary to reapply each year for assistance. Many families keep copies of their completed PFS forms for reference the following year

Will my records be confidential?

Yes. All materials and documentation submitted with the financial assistance application are held in the strictest confidence

Will my application for financial assistance affect my child’s chances for admission?

No. Admissions decisions are made without regard to a family’s financial circumstances.

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