Tuition & Financial Aid
Miss Porter’s School recognizes that not all of the students interested in attending our school may be able to afford the full cost of a Porter’s education. To assist families in meeting the cost of a Porter’s education, we offer need-based aid, merit-based scholarships, and payment plans. Families who receive financial aid at Porter’s represent a wide range of financial backgrounds. In the 2019-2020 school year, approximately 34% of Porter’s students are receiving need-based aid totaling over $3.9 million. Many of these awards are endowed, in full or in part, through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations.
Financial aid is determined through the analysis of a family’s financial resources, including income and assets. To determine awards, the financial aid committee evaluates financial information and strives to make fair and objective financial aid decisions based on the needs analysis system of the School and Student Services (SSS) for Financial Assistance, a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. SSS provides Porter's with a Report of Family Contribution which is used as a guide, however Porter's completes an independent calculation for every application. To request need based financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year, your financial aid application must be completed by January 15, 2020. To begin your financial aid application, please follow the steps below.
1. Beginning on October 2, 2019, go to http://sssbynais.org/parents.
2. Click on the prompt to begin the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). You only need to complete one PFS even if you have more than one child applying to Porter’s.
3. You will be given a username and password that will allow you to return to your PFS at a later date before submitting it. Your information will be secure.
4. You will be given instructions on the website about electronically uploading or sending additional required documents to SSS.
At Porter's, the following documents are required to complete your financial aid application:
Copies of the family’s signed 2018 Federal Tax Form 1040 (including all schedules) and 2018 W-2 forms (from both parents/guardians, by January 15).
Copies of 2019 W-2 forms (from both parents/guardians, by February 15).
We do not need copies of your 2019 Federal Tax Form 1040.
Copies of 2018 business tax returns and related schedules for parents/guardians who own or are part owners of a business or farm. This may include Schedule C, Schedule SE, Form 1065, Form 1120, Form 1120S, and any Schedule K-1 Forms received.
For parents who are maintaining separate households, a separate PFS form and supporting tax documents from both households (including stepparents) are required.
Student tax returns (if filed).
Verification of children in tuition charging schools. This may include Form 1098T for college students or a tuition statement for a child enrolled in an independent school.
If you need assistance in completing the PFS or uploading documents to the SSS website, please contact the SSS Customer Service Center at 800-344-8328.