Affording Boston Trinity
If you think you can't afford Boston Trinity Academy, think again.
Since its founding, Boston Trinity Academy has been committed to making an elite, college preparatory education available to qualified students, regardless of their family's financial situation.
We maintain the commitment of our founders to provide additional need-based financial aid to at over 50% of our student body. This means that the amount each family contributes to the cost of their child's education is typically indexed to their net income.
The tuition charged to families including those paying at the top of the index, do not fully reflect the cost of educating each student. This deficit is covered each year by many generous donations to our Annual Trinity Fund.
- Meaningful Financial Aid
- How to Apply for Financial Aid
- Renewing Financial Aid
- Payment Plans & Options
- Financial Aid Deadlines
The indexed tuition model supports our goal of making the Boston Trinity experience accessible to families from a wide range of economic circumstances. Last year, Boston Trinity awarded over $1.7 million in need-based scholarships to 60% of current families who paid tuition below the top of the index.
Domestic Tuition Range for 2018-19
|6th - 12th Grade||$3,700 - $19,200|
International Tuition for 2018-19
|6th - 12th Grade||$30,500|
|New Student Fee||$200|
|Activity Fee - All Students||$400|
|College Prep Fee - 11th and 12th Grade||$100|
|Graduation Fee - 12th Grade||$125|
Additional costs for uniform, books, and sports equipment are kept as low as possible to reduce the financial burden for families.
Boston Trinity Academy seeks to accept students for admission from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. In order to make this possible, we have a need-based financial aid policy. For the 2017-2018 school year, we awarded close to $1.7 million dollars in need-based aid.
We believe providing a quality education begins with the family. As such, need-based aid is defined as the difference between what a family is able to pay and the cost to attend Boston Trinity Academy. Boston Trinity Academy does not offer full scholarships. We believe the students and families who have the most success are personally and financially invested in their child's education. Instead, we offer meaningful financial aid that makes it possible for families to afford Boston Trinity.
Many factors determine whether or not a family will qualify for need-based aid. We consider such factors as household income and expenses, assets and debt, and other obligations or situations. We do this utilizing the principles and services of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). SSS is the most widely used third-party financial aid assessor for independent schools. The N.A.I.S. generates an expected family contribution. Based this assessment and conversations with the parents, a committee at the school develops an individualized financial aid package, according to each family’s particular need.
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 Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) is the cornerstone of our financial aid application process. By submitting a PFS, you’re granting SSS by NAIS permission to analyze your financial information. Using their unique methodology, they estimate the amount you can contribute to school expenses and forward that estimate to the appropriate schools. It’s one form, for one fee, for any number of siblings, for any number of schools.
How to complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online
- Beginning November 2, go to https://sssbynais.org/ to enter the PFS Online.
- Create your PFS Online account with your email address and a password. If you applied for financial aid last year, simply login to the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year.
- Begin a PFS for Academic Year 2017-18. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time, then return later to complete it.
- After you have pressed submit, you’ll be brought to a payment screen. The fee of $47 is nonrefundable. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system.
After you pay for and submit your PFS, you’ll have access in the PFS Online to a section called “My Documents.” You can upload the additional documents we require there. We will communicate our financial aid decision to you directly. To make our decision, we use the information from the PFS as a starting point. We also consider our school policies and practices, as well as the budget we have available.
Because family finances and the availability of funds can change annually, financial aid is not renewed automatically. Families must reapply for financial aid each school year. The financial aid committee will review each subsequent application and make any appropriate adjustments in financial aid packages.
The process to reapply for financial aid is the same in subsequent years as for first time applicants. See "How to Apply for Financial Aid" for more information.
For your convenience, Boston Trinity Academy uses a service called Smart Tuition to collect tuition payments. Smart Tuition offers the ability to pay online using a credit card, debit card, or automatic electronic transfer from your checking or savings account. You may also choose to be invoiced each month and mail a check or pay by phone. Tuition payments may also be made with cash at select 7-Eleven or Family Dollar Stores (please note there is a small fee to use this option).
Affordable Payment Plans
A non-refundable tuition deposit is required with enrollment or re-enrollment. The deposit is 10% of each student's tuition balance for domestic students and 20% for international students. The deposit will be applied to tuition payments unless the student does not attend Boston Trinity.
Boston Trinity offers three payment plans to fit with each family's needs:
Payment of the tuition balance must be paid by July 5.
Under this plan, 60% of the tuition balance (after deposit) must be paid on or before July 5, and 40% must be paid on or before November 5.
With our monthly payment plan, tuition is paid in equal installments over 10 months beginning in July and ending in April.
PFS and all supporting documents must be submitted to SSS (sssbynais.org/parents)
Financial aid decisions are mailed. For new applicants, financial aid decisions are mailed with admissions decisions on March 10.
Deadline to accept financial aid by putting deposit on the following year's tuition.