The annual boarding tuition charge covers instruction, room, board, basic health center and medical care, all meals in the dining hall, all physical training and athletic privileges, use of laboratory and computer equipment, and admission to all school concerts, assemblies, plays and athletic contests. The annual day student tuition charge covers all of the above with the exclusion of room. The annual tuition charge does not include optional off-campus activities such as movies, concerts, indoor tennis, ski trips or weekend travel. It also does not include books, athletic equipment, vacation travel, the required laptop computer or such special services as tutoring, private lessons in music and personal laundry.
A substantial financial aid budget provides grants and scholarships or a combination of these two resources for tuition assistance. Intended as a supplement to family resources, financial aid awards are made not only to families whose ability to pay is extremely limited, but also to those of more substantial means who may need only a minor subsidy to meet the tuition charges.
Families can apply for financial aid by visiting the NAIS website and completing the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). Suffield Academy’s code is 7558.
The Suffield Academy Financial Aid Budget
For the 2016-17 academic year, our financial aid budget of more than $4.35 million helped support the education expenses of approximately one-third of our students. However, because our resources are finite, we are unable to accept all of the qualified students who qualify for financial aid. If the total financial need of accepted applicants exceeds the financial aid budget, decisions will be based on individual merits and institutional needs, and candidates may be placed on the school’s waiting list. Communication with families on the waiting list will come if aid becomes available at a later date. It is also important to note that returning students who do not receive financial aid in their first year are unlikely to be considered for aid in subsequent years.
Leadership Scholars Award
In order to emphasize leadership development at Suffield Academy, we have a program that each year provides partial merit scholarships to new students who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and are likely to inspire leadership on the part of their peers. The criteria for selection include demonstrated leadership potential and a history of academic achievement. Leadership Scholars are chosen by the Admissions Committee at the time of acceptance and no further application is required.