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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.

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  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees
    Boarding
    Day
    Tuition 2024-2025
    $73,370
    $53,095
    Fees (Health Center, Technology, Activity)
    $1,265
    $660
    Total*
    $74,635
    $53,755



     
    *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 — $1,300 per year.  Other 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 $2,905 (10-month plan).

  • How to Apply for Financial Aid

    Westminster uses Clarity to process our financial aid applications. Clarity provides a quick, user-friendly application that is mobile-compatible. In addition to the application, parents are required to sign and submit IRS form 4506-T so Clarity can verify their tax information. Based on the financial information families provide, Clarity 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 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 online application in Clarity by Jan. 15.
    Notes
      • Parents Divorced / Separated / Never Married: Please fill out an application for each parent and include all required documents.
      • International Students: In addition to the Clarity application, please complete the International Student Aid Profile and email it to Kelly Babbidge, kbabbidge@debbiefrom.com or Emily Sullivan, esullivan@debbiefrom.com.
      • Special Circumstances: If you have special circumstances that you would like the financial aid team to consider, please reach out to the financial aid office directly at 860-408-3060.
    Notification
    • Applicants are notified of both admission and financial aid decisions on March 10.
  • Financial Aid Statistics

    Financial Assistance Budget
    $6,500,000

    Average award
    $40,500

    Range of awards
    $1,500 - Full Tuition

    Recipients
    159 Students
    37% of student body
  • Important Dates

    November 15 Clarity portal opens.
    January 15 – Application in Clarity due.
    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 three payment options, managed through the Blackbaud Tuition Management System (BBTMS), formerly Smart Tuition. All three 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 - Single Payment Tuition Plan
     Due Date
     Payment
    Boarding
    Day
    04/01/24
    Returning Students
    Payment #1 - 10% of tuition (nonrefundable) enrollment deposit
    $7,337
    $5,309.50
    04/10/24
    New Students
    Payment #1 - 10% of tuition (nonrefundable) enrollment deposit
    $7,337
    $5,309.50
    06/15/24
    Payment #2  - 90% of tuition
    $66,033
    $47,785.50
    06/15/24
    Fees (Health Center, Technology, Activity)
    $1,265
    $660
    *Incidental charges are due as incurred*
    *Tuition Insurance Optional*

    Option 2 - Two Payment Tuition Plan
     Due Date
     Payment
    Boarding
    Day
    04/01/24
    Returning Students
    Payment #1 - 10% of tuition (nonrefundable) enrollment deposit
    $7,337
    $5,309.50
    04/10/24
    New Students
    Payment #1 - 10% of tuition (nonrefundable) enrollment deposit
    $7,337
    $5,309.50
    06/15/24
    Payment #2  - 45% of tuition
    $33,016.50
    $23,892.75
    10/1/24
    Payment #3  - 45% of tuition
    $33,016.50
    $23,892.75
    06/15/24
    Fees (Health Center, Technology, Activity)
    $1,265
    $660
    *Incidental charges are due as incurred*
    *Tuition Insurance Required*

    Option 3 - 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. Please note there is a $56 enrollment fee per family for choosing this option.
    *Incidental charges are due as incurred*
    *Tuition Insurance Required*


    All payments are made directly to BBTMS. BBTMS 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@debbiefrom.com for instructions.

    Tuition Insurance
    Two Pay and 9-month Tuition Payment Plan families will be required to purchase the tuition insurance offered by the School. You will be billed for this premium in July. The premium rate is 1.25% of the annual tuition (excluding fees).

    Single pay families are not required but have the option to purchase the tuition insurance offered by the School. Please note that within the enrollment contract, tuition insurance will be set to automatically enroll. You can opt out during completion of the contract. 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. The premium rate is 1.2% of the annual tuition (excluding fees). 
     
    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 $2,905.
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, guides families through the financial aid application process. She is 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

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Simsbury, Connecticut 06070

P. (860) 408-3000
F. (860) 408 3001
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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 programs. 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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