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 you afford this choice. 


Upon acceptance to Tilton School, families will receive an Evergreen Contract that includes a tuition freeze. This means, that for each consecutive year a student is enrolled at Tilton School, tuition will be frozen at the initial contracted amount through graduation. 

In an effort to continue to make Tilton School accessible for mission appropriate students, we have done extensive research into independent school and higher education tuition rates. Many of the rates continue to rise well above the comfortability of families interested in a private education. Our goal is to provide the highest quality education at an affordable rate therefore, Tilton School is implementing a new tuition model for the 2019-2020 school year.

“Eliminating the unknown increase in percentage of tuition each year offers a relief to our family allowing us to plan ahead and has made a positive impact on our family finances.” - Dave P’22

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


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Complete your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) online.

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Submit your PFS online.

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Make changes or check the status of your application online.