Affording Tilton

Tilton School is sensitive to the sacrifices that many families must make when they assume the financial commitment of an independent school education.

We expect families or extended families to take primary responsibility for the cost of a student’s education, but we are firmly committed to helping families afford this choice. 

The philosophy behind Tilton School’s financial aid policies and practices is to create a balance between affordability for families and the enrollment needs of the School, while adhering to the school’s mission. We are committed to awarding the vast majority of aid based upon the family’s financial need.

However, before making an award, the Financial Aid Committee will also consider other criteria, including but not limited to academic performance, potential for athletic contribution, citizenship, leadership, diversity within the student body, and other qualities that may help create a healthy School and enrich the experience of the student body as a whole.

Under these considerations, some qualified candidates for admission to the School who demonstrate need may be accepted without being granted a merit or need based financial award.

More than 40% of Tilton families receive financial assistance from Tilton in the form of need-based financial aid and/or merit scholarships.

In an effort to provide families with additional funding options, we refer families to the following extended loan payment programs. These programs divide educational costs into affordable monthly payments extended up to several years. Please refer to SallieMae and Springstone Financial LLC.

We work with School and Student Services to determine financial need. Families complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through SSS to provide information relevant to family size, income, and expenses.

Adhering to the guidelines and deadlines detailed below will ensure that your financial aid application is submitted properly. Families wishing to apply for financial aid should make sure they review this information carefully. Financial aid that is awarded as a grant or merit award does not have to be repaid.

Important Information

Timeline and Deadlines

The Parents' Financial Statement for the next year opens in October with financial aid applications due February 1.

Provided they have met the deadlines outlined above, families of newly accepted students and returning students will receive financial aid and merit award decisions shortly after March 10

After this date, financial aid awards will be made on a funds-available basis under the above guidelines. Please take care to provide complete and accurate information on the PFS; errors and omissions will cause delays that may reduce or prevent an award.

Download an application checklist

International Applicants

International families, other than Canadian, must complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) and submit it as detailed above. International families must also provide documentation that verifies their financial information. Examples of required documentation would be tax forms if available, a statement from employer and an income statement. International families should adhere to the deadlines outlined above.

International families must also complete the International Student Financial Aid Profile and provide documentation verifying financial information. This form must be uploaded to the documents section of the PFS.

Policy for Divorced or Separated Parents

The School considers the assets and income of both natural parents, if living, before making any awards, and cannot be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for educational expenses. If either parent has remarried, Tilton also considers the financial circumstances of the stepparent, always bearing in mind the obligation of that stepparent to his/her natural children. Both natural parents with their current spouses, if any, must complete a PFS and submit all of the documents outlined in the above timetable. 

The custodial parent is responsible for asking the non-custodial parent to fill out this form. Information provided by either of two divorced parents will be held in confidence by the School. Naturally, each separated or divorced case is unique and may require further clarification and communication with the Financial Aid Office. Please do not hesitate to call and discuss your situation.

Tuition Payment Plans

Plan A

In Plan A, families may elect to make full payment of tuition fees by July 1. For these families, the Tuition Refund Plan is optional.

Plan B

Plan B provides a schedule of 8 payments beginning in May and concluding in December. Plan B provides this schedule of payments through FACTS Management Services. Participation in the Tuition Refund Plan is required.

This plan is not available for international families.

Tuition Refund Plan

The Tuition Refund Plan (TRP) is an insurance plan that protects a portion of the unused tuition in the event that a student leaves the School prior to the end of the academic year because of dismissal or withdrawal. Refunds from TRP first address any outstanding balance a family may have with the School.

Fees
Boarding: $1,563
Day: $899

Learn more about the Tuition Refund Plan.

HOW TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

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Complete

Complete your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) online.

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Submit

Submit your PFS online.

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Review

Make changes or check the status of your application online.

Scholarships

New Student Merit Scholarship

This scholarship program is exclusively designed for students entering Tilton School for the first time in the upcoming academic year. Competitive applicants will demonstrate quality academic performance, hard work and the potential to contribute to the Tilton community beyond the classroom.

The scholarships range from $3,000 to $10,000 for day students and $5,000 to $20,000 for boarders. The awards have designated requirements for eligibility and are renewable each year a student is enrolled in good standing. There are a limited number of awards. 

To apply, simply create a Google Slides presentation that highlights a current interest or passion. The presentation can include photos, videos, written or recorded commentary explaining your interest or passion, etc. Once your presentation is complete, save it and share it with admissions@tiltonschool.org by February 1. Note, if you do not have a Gmail account, you will need to create one to access Google Slides. 

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFICATIONS
The Trustee Scholarship
Range: Boarding $7,500-$20,000; Day $5,000-$10,000
Guidelines:
  • High-level academic performance
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in three non-academic areas such as arts, music, community service, athletics, or the outdoors
The Head of School Scholarship
Range: Boarding $5,000-$15,000; Day $3,000-$7,500
Guidelines:
  • Above average academic performance 
  • Demonstrated participation in two to three non-academic areas such as arts, music, community service, athletics, or the outdoors
The Dean’s Scholarship
Range: Boarding up to $10,000; Day up to $5,000
Guidelines:
  • Consistent academic performance and demonstrated hard work
  • Demonstrated participation in two non-academic areas such as arts, music, community service, athletics, or the outdoors

Current Student Merit Scholarship

All currently enrolled students on the honor roll will be reviewed for a merit award, and do not need to submit a scholarship application. Merit scholarships are limited in number and are only awarded to a select few. All scholarships are renewable for each year a returning student is enrolled in good standing.

Eugene H. Bauer ’60 Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors the legacy of Eugene H. Bauer ’60. Mr. Bauer came to Tilton as a postgraduate. He completed his postgraduate year at the Tilton School then went on to earn a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Mr. Bauer felt that his time at Tilton School played a pivotal role in his life and achievements.

Mertie Willigar Buckman ‘22 Scholarship for Young Women

The Mertie Buckman Scholarship is awarded each year to one young woman who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and outstanding performance in the component areas of the school's “+5 Program” -- team athletics, art and culture, community service, outdoor experience and leadership. The recipient of this award must demonstrate exemplary character, honor and integrity. The scholarship may be granted to either a new candidate for admission or a returning student.

Bradford W. Gile ‘61 Scholarship Fund

The Bradford W. Gile Scholarship is awarded each year to one student with need from a community adjacent to Tilton who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement. The recipient of this award must demonstrate exemplary character, honor and integrity and should demonstrate leadership and participation in three areas of student/campus life. To maintain this scholarship the recipient must achieve academic honor roll status by the end of their 10th grade year. The scholarship may be granted to either a new candidate for admission or a returning student.

The Masiello Scholarships

The Masiello Scholarships are awarded each year to three students with need from a NH community with preference given to students adjacent to Tilton who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement. The recipients of this award must demonstrate exemplary character, honor and integrity and should demonstrate leadership and participation in three areas of student/campus life. To maintain this scholarship the recipients must achieve academic honor roll status by the end of their 10th grade year. The scholarship may be granted to either a new candidate for admission or a returning student.

Herbert B. Moore Scholars Program

The Herbert B. Moore Scholars Program rewards a select group of students who have an established record of academic and co-curricular accomplishment and who demonstrate the potential for continued academic achievement and school leadership.

P.J. Shaughnessy ‘02 Scholarship

The Shaughnessy Scholarship is presented each year to one student who exhibits a love of athletics, seriousness of academic purpose and warmth of personality.

The Governor Carlton Skinner ‘30 and Solange Skinner Fellowship

The Skinner Fellowship will provide financial assistance to a student or students who exhibit a consistent sense of personal integrity, loyalty, curiosity and who have demonstrated a commitment to fight injustice in all its forms.

Independent Scholarship Programs

Families are encouraged to research other financial aid and merit opportunities.

New Hampshire residents may want to research opportunities provided by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Children's Scholarship Fund (CSF). Residents from other states should research charitable giving organizations in their town and state.