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Affording Westminster

Affording Westminster

A Westminster education is a significant financial investment, but one that reaps immeasurable lifetime benefits. Westminster is committed to making it financially possible for each student who is admitted to live, study and succeed at one of the nation’s leading boarding schools. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents and friends, Westminster is able to provide financial aid to over one-third of enrolled students.    
 
We encourage any family who feels they may need financial assistance to apply for financial aid. Intended as a supplement to family resources, financial aid awards are made not only to families whose ability to pay school costs is extremely limited, but also to those who may need only a minor subsidy to meet tuition requirements.

Westminster’s financial aid program is need-based and does not include merit, athletic or academic scholarships.

List of 6 items.

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees
    Boarding
    Day
    Tuition 2022-2023
    $67,900
    $49,835
    Fees (Health Center, Technology, Activity)
    $1,215
    $635
    Total*
    $69,115
    $50,470



     
    *For planning purposes, please note that additional incidental costs associated with academic and afternoon programs (including books, testing fees, and supplies) generally range from $800 — $1,200 per year.  Other optional costs may include tuition insurance, laundry service, campus store charges, music lessons and academic tutoring. International students are also required to purchase health insurance in the amount of $1,995 (10-month plan).

  • How to Apply for Financial Aid

    Westminster uses School and Student Services (SSS) to process our financial aid applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. Based on the financial information families provide on the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), SSS will use a standard calculation to determine an estimated amount that families can contribute toward educational expenses. Westminster's Financial Aid team uses this estimation, in concert with supporting tax documentation, as a starting point for the determination of a fair and objective financial aid award.
     
    Steps to Apply
    • Indicate that you will be applying for Financial Aid on your application for admission
    • Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) * online at www.sssbynais.org by January 15
    • Upload required documents to SSS:
    -2020 W2s/1099s if applicable
    -2020 federal tax returns with associated schedules
    -2019 W2/1099 if applicable
    -2019 federal tax returns with associated schedules
    -If paying college tuition Westminster requires form 1098-T
     
    Notes
      • Parents Divorced / Separated / Never Married:  Please fill out a PFS for each parent and include all required documents.
      • International Students: In addition to the online PFS, please complete the International Student Aid Profile and submit it via the SSS Family Portal, along with documentation to verify income.
      • Special Circumstances: If you have special circumstances that you would like the Financial Aid Committee to consider, please add these at the end of your PFS. The PFS includes a section to provide “Other Information”.
     
    Notification
      • Applicants are notified of both admission and financial aid decisions on March 10.
  • Financial Aid Statistics

    Financial Assistance Budget
    $6,000,000

    Average award
    $39,264

    Range of awards
    $1,500 - Full Tuition

    Recipients
    154 Students
    37% of student body
  • Important Dates (2021-22)

    October 24 School and Student Services portal opens.
    January 15 – Parent Financial Statement (PFS) due with 2019 and 2020 completed tax returns.
    March 10 – Admissions and Financial Aid Awards issued.
    April 10 Candidate reply deadline.
    April 15 – Current year completed tax return and associated schedules due.
  • Davis International Scholars

    For more information about the Davis Scholars program, please click here.
  • Payment Options

    Westminster School offers two payment options, both managed through the Blackbaud Tuition Management System (BBTMS), formerly Smart Tuition. Both options require that 10% of the tuition amount is due with the submission of the Enrollment Contract and is nonrefundable. Families have the options below to pay the remaining 90% of tuition and fees due.

    Option 1 - Two Payment Tuition Plan
     Due Date
     Payment
    Boarding
    Day
    04/01/22
    Returning Students
    Payment #1 - 10% of tuition (nonrefundable) enrollment deposit
    $6,790
    $4,983.50
    04/10/22
    New Students
    Payment #1 - 10% of tuition (nonrefundable) enrollment deposit
    $6,790
    $4,983.50
    06/15/22
    Payment #2  - 45% of tuition
    $30,555
    $22,425.75
    10/1/22
    Payment #3  - 45% of tuition
    $30,555
    $22,425.75
    6/15/22
    Fees (Health Center, Technology, Activity)
    $1,215
    $635
    *Incidental charges are due as incurred*

    Option 2 - 9-Month Tuition Payment Plan
    The remaining 90% of tuition and fees due are divided into nine equal installments, beginning June 15 and ending February 15. The monthly payments are made directly to and statements are received directly from BBTMS. Incidental charges are due as incurred.
    *Please note there is a $50 enrollment fee per family for choosing this option

    All payments are made directly to BBTMS. BBMTS can be contacted at 888-868-8828.  

    Payments made by check should be mailed to:
    East Coast:
    BBTMS
    P.O. Box 11731
    Newark, NJ 07101-4731
    West Coast:
    BBTMS
    P.O. Box 54228
    Los Angeles, CA 90054-0228

    Overnight packages should be sent to:
    East Coast:
    BBTMS
    Attn: Lockbox Operations - 11731
    365 W. Passaic Street
    Suite 530
    Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
    West Coast:
    BBTMS
    Attn: Lockbox Operations - 54228
    20500 Belshaw Ave.
    Carson, CA 90746

    Wire instructions are available in your Parent Portal or please contact Darryl Turbacuski at dturbacuski@westminster-school.org for instructions.

    Tuition Insurance
    You have the option to purchase the tuition insurance offered by the School. Please note that within the contract, tuition insurance is set to automatically enroll. You may choose to opt out during completion of the contract. The premium rate is 1.5% of the annual tuition (excluding fees). If you opt NOT to participate in this plan, no refund or cancellation of tuition or fees will be granted for any reason. You will be billed for this premium in July.
     
    Please read the following pamphlet for details and requirements of the Tuition Insurance/Refund Plan.

    Health Insurance
    Westminster School requires all students be insured under a United States-based health plan that covers injury and illness. International students need to enroll in the United HealthCare Health Plan offered through Westminster School. The cost of the 10-month plan is $1,995.
Westminster School reaffirms its long-standing nondiscriminatory policy and admits students of any race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Westminster. Westminster does not discriminate in its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
Kelly Babbidge, Director of Financial Aid, and Tim Randall, Associate Director of Financial Aid, guide families through the financial aid application process. They are happy to answer general questions or discuss specifics of your family’s situation at any point in the process.

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  • Photo of Kelly Babbidge

    Kelly Babbidge 

    Director of Financial Aid
    Associate Director of Admissions
    (860) 408-3022
  • Photo of Timothy Randall

    Timothy Randall 

    Director of the Davis Scholars Program
    Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
    (860) 408-3036

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In keeping with our support for a diverse community, Westminster abides by all applicable federal and state laws and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristic, including race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national and ethnic origin, ancestry and/or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered program. Westminster admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. 
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