Total Educational Costs for 2019-20
Lunch, books, and required activities are included in the total educational costs. Families should budget for after-school care for Lower School students and transportation.
Riverdale has a $9.5 million financial aid budget. Financial aid allows us to have socio-economic diversity throughout the school and to support students who are the best fit for our community. We expect families to use all resources at their disposal, including employment potential, to contribute towards tuition, and we then aim to meet 100% of demonstrated need. We offer payment plans to assist with tuition payment.
Financial aid is also available for some co-curricular programs, including, but not limited to, after-school and summer programs, global studies trips, and athletic, artistic, and service-learning activities. For more information, contact Sheila Hicks-Rotella, Director of Financial Aid, at email@example.com. During a student’s senior year, we counsel families through the college financial aid application process.
A Fair and Equitable Process
We offer need-based grants to families who demonstrate need through our financial aid application process. Financial aid applicants must submit the financial aid application and their previous year’s complete federal tax return. Each application is assessed individually, and applications for continued assistance are filed annually. The application process takes into account many aspects of a family’s finances including expenses, assets, debts, and income. There is no income cutoff for families receiving financial aid. Decisions about admission and financial aid are made separately, but information about your financial aid application will accompany your acceptance letter. After receiving your financial aid notification, you may contact the Financial Aid Office with questions.
How to Apply
To apply for financial aid for the 2020-21 school year, please complete the TADS financial aid application here. Haga click aquí para completer la solicitud de ayuda financiera en español. You will need your 2018 tax documents and documentation about your current income and household expenses. The financial aid application deadline is Dec. 2, 2019, for current Riverdale families, and Dec. 16, 2019, for prospective families. Supporting documents should be submitted to TADS. You may submit an additional statement to explain your family’s financial situation to the Riverdale Financial Aid Committee.
Watch a step-by-step explanation of our financial aid process: