Tuition & Financial Aid

TUITION

For the 2016-17 school year, tuition is $17,900 for Elementary students (grades K-5) and $18,800 for Middle School students (grades 6-8.)

For the 2017-18 school year, tuition will be $20,900 for Elementary students (grades K-5) and $21,800 for Middle School students (grades 6-8.)

FINANCIAL AID

Acera is piloting a financial aid program. The first round of awards will be given for the 2017-2018 school year.  Awards will be in the form of a stipend per student, up to $4000.  For families interested in applying for financial aid, we recommend that you begin looking into requirements and deadlines. The deadline for current Acera student financial aid applications is December 12, 2016. The deadline for new applicants is January 20, 2017. More on deadlines below.

Awards are based on demonstrated need.  To be considered, new and returning families must complete and submit all required paperwork including a financial aid application, 2015 tax return, and recent paystub(s)/paycheck(s).

We partner with School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS in our financial aid process.  To begin your financial aid application, you will complete SSS’s Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).  The PFS is a comprehensive application that will take some time to complete.  To support families, especially those new to the process, SSS has put together videos, webinars and other useful materials that help navigate the financial aid process.  They can be found at www.sssbynais.org/parents .

We will communicate our financial aid decision to you. To make our decision we use the information from the PFS as a starting point, but also consider our school policy, practices, and available budget.

HOW TO APPLY

Go to School and Student Services to create an account and apply for financial aid.

Download the PFS Workbook as a guide to completing the 2017-18 PFS from start to finish.  This PFS Workbook guide contains line-by-line instructions that will be helpful and save time as you fill out the PFS.

If the financial aid applicant’s parents are living apart or not filing taxes jointly, both parents must complete a PFS.

For families where one parent is not working, we ask for a letter explaining employment status of the non-working parent.  For the non-working parent, we will input a predetermined amount into the PFS and re-calculate the EFC (estimated family contribution) based on the pre-determined amount.  This will show us what a family can contribute if both parents are working.  There are exceptions when we will exempt a family from the imputed income policy for unemployed parents.  The most common exemptions are based on:

  • caring for a young child at home
  • caring for a disabled child or other family member at home
  • caring for an elderly parent at home

Important Dates and Deadlines

For returning students:  To be considered for financial aid, please submit your financial aid application and required paperwork no later than December 12th, 2016.  Families will be notified of awards on January 13th.

For new applicants:  To be considered for financial aid, please submit your financial aid application by January 20th.  Financial aid awards will be included in admissions decisions, on March 10th.

New or returning families applying after February 15th will be considered on a rolling basis for any remaining aid.

For questions about financial aid, please contact Sandra Zuckerman at sandra@aceraschool.org or admissions@aceraschool.org