Financial Aid

 

The Studio School is committed to attracting and admitting an economically diverse student body. Financial aid is offered to families with children applying to kindergarten and above, based on merit, financial need, and availability of funds.

 

Families must notify The Studio School of their interest in applying for financial aid when applying for admission. The financial aid application form is available at TADS.com.

 

Financial Aid FAQs:

What percentage of students receive financial aid?

Twenty percent of the student body receive financial aid.

 

When should I apply for financial aid?

Families must notify The Studio School of their interest in applying for financial aid when they apply for admission.

 

Who is eligible?

Financial aid is offered to families with children applying to kindergarten and above, based on financial need and the availability of funds. The School strives to maintain from year to year a level of aid that is commensurate with each family’s need.

 

Are there merit scholarships?

In 2009, The Studio School established the Virginia O’Hanlon Scholarship Fund to raise funds for both need- and merit-based scholarships.

 

How is need defined?

We partner with TADS, a company that collects information from applicants and makes recommendations to the Admission Office regarding the amount of financial aid to be granted to families. TADS makes a weighted recommendation for distribution of our financial aid budget based on each family’s situation. The Financial Aid Committee reviews this recommendation and makes final decisions based on financial need and availability of funds.

 

Where can I find the forms required to apply for financial aid?

The Financial Aid application form is available at TADS.com.

 

Will a request for financial support have any impact on an admission decision? Is it a need-blind admission policy?

Few independent schools can afford a genuine need-blind policy. The Studio School makes the initial admission decision based solely on a candidate’s qualifications and without regard to ability to pay. If a greater number of qualified applicants require aid than the School can support, final decisions will be made and those applicants that we wish to accept, but do not have the funds for, will be placed on the wait list.

 

Will my confidentiality be respected?

For both new and returning students, financial aid information is confidential and shared only with the Admissions Office, Financial Aid Committee, Business Manager, and Head of School.

 

Any additional questions about Financial Aid may be directed to our Director of Admissions at 212-678-2416 or by email at ssilver@studioschoolnyc.org.

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