Variable Tuition FAQ: Current Families

Learn more about our Variable Tuition program

(Is your family new to New City School? Click here for Variable Tuition information especially for our new families!)

Should every returning New City family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only families who feel that they are not able to pay the full tuition should submit an application.

Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?

Yes. A new application must be submitted every year, the same way as under the former process.

If I do not qualify for the program this year, can I apply again next year?

Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.

Do returning students receive priority over new students when applying for Variable Tuition?

Yes. Re-enrolling New City students who submit an application by the published deadline will receive priority consideration.

What kind of economic situation is typical of a family who qualifies for Variable Tuition?

A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to full tuition to those who are able to contribute minimally. Many factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family. Again, this is the exact same process we employ now, only the terminology to describe the process has changed.

Are some families awarded full tuition awards?

No. Every family is required to make a financial investment in their child’s education. Our commitment to providing Variable Tuition means that we are sharing in that investment with you.

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?

No. New City School has established student to teacher ratios and maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students.

Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?

Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to: