Tuition & Financial Aid
2023-24 Middle School Tuition: $56,780
2023-24 Upper School Tuition: $59,390
Tuition includes all educational expenses, a hot lunch and morning snack, and participation in extracurricular activities such as athletics, arts, clubs, and organizations. It does not include transportation to and from school, books, or educational travel programs.
Financial Aid Program
Financial aid at Thayer Academy is entirely need-based: awards are made solely on the basis of a family's ability to pay. In 2023, Thayer Academy awarded $9 million in financial aid to 37% of our student body with the average grant totaling $36,447, allowing us to maintain a socioeconomically diverse student population that enriches the Thayer experience for all students. Thayer does not offer scholarships or merit awards for academic, artistic, or athletic ability.
Typically, more families apply for financial aid than the school can fund in the first round of admission decisions. In the event that funds become available later, some applicants on the waitlist might then become eligible for financial aid awards.
Applying for Financial Aid
We partner with Clarity in our financial aid process. To begin your financial aid application, visit app.clarityapp.com to create your account.
We will communicate our financial aid decision to you. To make our decision, we use the information from the Clarity application as a starting point but also consider our school policy, practices, and available budget.
How to complete the Clarity Application for Financial Aid
- Beginning October 1, 2023, visit app.clarityapp.com to create your online account using your email address and a password. Once this is done, you can log out of the application at any time and then return later to complete it.
- Our school's full name: Thayer Academy
- The $60 fee is nonrefundable.
If you need help completing the application, contact Clarity customer service at 206-210-3752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 1. How is need determined?
- 2. How are admissions and financial aid decisions made?
- 3. How is aid determined for parents who are divorced, separated, or were never married?
- 4. What kind of aid is awarded?
- 5. How much aid is given?
- 6. When should I apply for aid?
- 7. When is the financial aid application deadline?
- 8. Do I need to upload my tax documents? And will my information be secure?
- 9. I live outside the United States. Can I still apply for financial aid through Clarity?
- 10. Must I reapply for aid every year?
- 11. How do I apply for a tuition payment plan?
- 12. When are financial aid awards made?
- 13. What kind of insurance does Thayer offer?
- 14. When should tuition be paid?
The Admissions Committee selects students for admission without knowledge of who may have applied for financial aid. Separately, the Financial Aid Committee reviews the financial aid file for each accepted student who has submitted an application for financial aid.
Typically, more students qualify for admission and financial aid than can be funded in the first round offers. In the event of additional funds later becoming available, some students who were waitlisted may subsequently be offered admission with financial aid awards.
The Academy requires that all parents contribute to the cost of education for their child to the extent of their ability. Both parents should go to app.clarityapp.com and complete the online financial aid application.
You do not need to upload your tax documents. Your 1040 and W2 will be automatically transferred from the IRS when you complete the verification step in the aid application.
Yes, every family must apply for financial aid each year. However, one may expect to receive the same proportion of aid if the family's financial circumstances remain essentially the same. A significant change in a family's financial profile may result in a change in the financial aid package offered.
The Academy offers two optional insurance plans: Tuition Refund Plan (TRP) and Student Accident Insurance (SAI). Fees for both are charged to all students' accounts on the July 1 billing statement. Information describing the scope and benefits of each plan is provided with that statement of charges. Parents may waive participation in either or both of these plans by signing the waiver form that is included with the statement and returning it to the Business Office no later than September 1. Parents are responsible for the full year's tuition irrespective of whether part of the year is spent in other study, on a Senior Project, or if the student, for any reason, withdraws, or is dismissed.
A statement for tuition is sent from Smart Tuition after completion of enrollment contract. One half of the tuition, plus the charges for the TRP and SAI, and the Parent Association dues must be paid no later than June 15. The second half of the tuition is due no later than November 15. Parents who find it more convenient to pay monthly may want to consider the Thayer 10-Month Payment Plan. Details for this plan are available from the Business Office (781.380.0503). It should be noted that a student will not be admitted to class if the tuition and fees have not been paid.
October 1, 2023
2024-25 Clarity application for financial aid opens
December 15, 2023
Clarity deadline for current Thayer families' financial aid materials
January 15, 2024
Clarity application deadline for prospective families