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How much does boarding school cost?

How much does boarding school cost? Thanks to Boarding School Review, we know that the cost of a private school education can range from essentially free to over $100,000 a year. But, both of those tuition models are rather uncommon, with the average for boarding school falling in the middle of those two figures. 

Boarding school tuition, which includes room and board, tends to cost around $50,000 a year.

Related content: How to afford boarding school.

Why is that? A full residential program provides room and boarding for students during the entire academic year, requiring around-the-clock supervision from teachers, coaches, administrators, and dorm parents. In addition to rigorous academic offerings, competitive athletics, and rich arts offerings, these schools also provide a variety of activities to keep students active, entertained, and engaged in school life. While the price tag may seem high, keep in mind that you’re getting a lot for your money.

Different parts of the country will see different costs for tuition. For example, we chose seven of the best boarding schools in New England and compared their tuition costs, which average $54,743 a year.

How much does boarding school cost  But, that doesn’t mean that every student is paying the full amount of tuition. Most boarding schools offer financial aid, which allows families who cannot afford the full cost of attending school to apply for grants or even loans to help make boarding school more affordable.

Related content:  How can I get financial aid?  

Keep in mind that every boarding school differs on its tuition packages, both in terms of price and in terms of what is included in that price, so always check with the admission office to make sure you know exactly what is expected from you in terms of a financial commitment.

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Stacy Jagodowski

Written by Stacy Jagodowski

Ms. Jago joined the Cheshire Academy community in August 2013 as the director of strategic marketing and communications. Prior to coming to Cheshire Academy, she spent six years working in communications offices at both colleges and private school, as well as five years in admission at both boarding schools and day schools.

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