A Great Education is Within Your Reach

A Doane Stuart education is surprisingly affordable.  Doane Stuart has a history of enrolling students from all different races, ethnicities, religions, genders and socio-economic backgrounds.  This collection of differing opinions, perspectives and experiences is the foundation of our community and the first line of our mission: “The mission of Doane Stuart is education for students from every quarter.”

We understand that an independent school education is a significant expense, and we want you to know that we work individually with all of our families to help make Doane Stuart a possibility.  Over 50% of our students receive a financial or merit grant to attend Doane Stuart.  That is our investment in your child(ren); it is not a loan.

Many families are surprised to see that our threshold for tuition is quite high.  Families that earn over $200,000 a year could still qualify for aid, depending on qualifying factors: assets, the number of children in independent or tuition-charging schools, caring for an elderly family member, or other family circumstances.

Limited Merit Awards are available for incoming, new Upper School students. Head’s Award recipients must demonstrate character, leadership, extracurricular involvement and academic excellence. All Applicants for Admission will be considered for these select awards. No additional application is needed for consideration for this award.

Sample Aid Awards

Below is a basic overview of different family situations and the aid they might qualify for.  These examples do not necessarily include all the factors that lead to an offer of aid.  If you have questions, please contact the Admission Office at admissions@doanestuart.org or (518) 465-5222.  We look forward to working with your family.  

Family 1 – Second Grade
Family:  Two children, one at Doane Stuart and one in daycare.  Parents are married and live together.
Household income:  $182,000
Assets:  $46,000
Estimated Family Contribution (EFC):  $15,700 (for both); $7,800 for Doane Stuart
Doane Stuart Aid Offered:  $9,080
Cost to the Family:  $7,800

Family 2 – Twelfth Grade
Family:  Three children; one at Doane Stuart, two attending private colleges.  Parents are married and live together.
Household income:  $195,000
Assets:  $394,000
Estimated Family Contribution (EFC):  $31,800 (for all three); $10,700 for Doane Stuart
Doane Stuart Aid Offered:  $12,000
Cost to the Family:  $12,765

Family 3 – 9th Grade
Family:  Two children, one at Doane Stuart one in public school.  Parents are divorced.
Household income (combined):  $252,410
Assets (combined):  $292,700
Estimated Family Contribution (EFC):  $43,500
Doane Stuart Financial Aid Offered:  $$0 (did not qualify)
Merit Aid Offered:  $2,000 Head’s Award
Cost to the Family:  $19,375

Family 4 – Early Childhood and Third Grade
Family:  Two children at Doane Stuart.  Parents are married and live together.  
Household income:  $113,000
Assets:  $89,000
Estimated Family Contribution (EFC):  $9,400 (for both)
Doane Stuart Aid Offered:  $23,465 (for both)
Cost to the Family:  $9,400 (total for both)

Family 5 – 8th and 10th Grade
Family:  Two children at Doane Stuart.  Parents are divorced.  
Household income:  $140,000
Assets:  $5,000
Estimated Family Contribution (EFC):  $16,700 (for both)
Doane Stuart Aid Offered:  $28,245 (for both)
Cost to the Family:  $14,600 (total for both)

Family 6 – Seventh Grade
Family:  One child at Doane Stuart.  Single parent.  
Household income:  $30,000
Assets:  $0
Estimated Family Contribution (EFC):  $0
Doane Stuart Aid Offered:  $16,500*
Cost to the Family:  $3,500
*Doane Stuart expects every family to contribute regardless of EFC.

No two families have the same circumstances.  We work closely with families to make Doane Stuart affordable.  

Need-Based Aid:  Checklist for New Families (click here)

Current Families Reapplying for Financial Aid (click here)