Highest Percentage of Students on Financial Aid

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  • Among "All Schools", view the boarding schools with the highest percentage of students on financial aid (2020).
  • Keep in mind that challenging and creative education programs at boarding schools require a substantial amount of resources.
  • Generally, the full cost of educating a student at any boarding school exceeds the cost of tuition by several thousand dollars - schools rely on other revenue sources (e.g., endowments, annual giving, etc.) in addition to tuition revenue to cover their costs.
  • In that sense, all students at boarding schools receive financial aid.
  • When schools offer "financial aid" (in the traditional sense of the phrase) to reduce tuition, those reductions are in addition to the already subsidized cost of full tuition.
  • Keep this in mind when assessing the full value that boarding schools provide for your investment.

Highest Percentage of Students on Financial Aid (2020)

Sorted by range (alphabetically within range)
  • Boarding School % Students on Aid Grades Location
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    Academy of the Holy Family
    Academy of the Holy Family Photo - Sophomores during Spirit Week's Color Day
    All-Girls  (Catholic)
    >70%
    Grades: 9-12
    54 W. Main Street Box 691
    BalticCT 06330
    (860)822-6279
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 9-10
    84 Alford Road
    Great BarringtonMA 01230
    (800)235-7186
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    4000 M 137 Hwy
    InterlochenMI 49643
    (231)640-9353
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    804 Dr Robert K Wallace Drive
    FairfieldIA 52556
    (641)472-9400
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 5-12, PG
    614 South Main Street
    WoodstockVA 22664
    (540)459-2167
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    Miss Hall's School
    Miss Hall's School Photo - A talented, supportive community of learners awaits you at MHS. Our faculty are dedicated mentors who are passionate about their subjects and creative in their teaching, unafraid to ditch the textbook in favor of collaborative, project-based learning.
    All-Girls 
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    492 Holmes Road
    PittsfieldMA 01201
    (413)499-1300
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    101 West College Blvd
    RoswellNM 88201
    (800)421-5376
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    1500 Port Arthur Road
    LadysmithWI 54848
    (715)532-0201
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    Olney Friends School
    Olney Friends School Photo - Each Wednesday, students take part in a dedicated three-hour art block with advanced art electives offered throughout the week. Recently, Olney has offered Murals, Digital Video, Impressionistic Art, Scaling and Scenery, Theater, Guitar, Native Art, Woodworking and Box Making courses.
    (Society of Friends)
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12
    61830 Sandy Ridge Road
    BarnesvilleOH 43713
    (740)425-3655
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    339 Nacoochee Drive
    Rabun GapGA 30568
    (706)746-7720
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 6-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    PO Box 3050, 198 Main St.
    Chester/Lake AlmanorCA 96020
    (530)596-3343
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12
    1600 St. Bernard Drive, S.E.
    CullmanAL 35055
    (256)255-5890
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 6-9
    253 Bushy Hill Road
    IvorytonCT 06442
    (860)767-0848
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day)
    201 Campus Drive, PO Box 10
    Tallulah FallsGA 30573
    (706)754-0400
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 10-12
    1460 Broadway Street #7032
    New YorkNY 10036
    (646)504-6924
  • 1.-16.Rank: #1-16
    >70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    330 N. Glenview Avenue
    Milwaukee WI 53213
    (414)453-4567
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    Bridgton Academy
    Bridgton Academy Photo - Our Humanities Center is one of two academic buildings on campus, and the hub for our academic administration, Focused Academic Coaching, Academic Support, and the Marcella/Sands Lecture Hall.
    All-Boys 
    60%-70%
    Grades: 11-12, PG
    PO Box 292
    North BridgtonME 04057
    (207)647-3322
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    110 Darrow Road
    New LebanonNY 12125
    (518)794-6006
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    339 Paris Road PO Box 309
    HebronME 04238
    (207)966-5225
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 10-12 | 5-12 (day)
    610 Hillcrest Dr.
    Fergus FallsMN 56537
    (218)739-3371
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    52500 Temecula Road
    IdyllwildCA 92549
    (951)468-7223
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    26 Chase Road
    ThompsonCT 06277
    (860)923-9245
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    204 Grand Street
    MexicoMO 65265
    (573)581-1776
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12
    78 Academy Avenue
    Cornwall-on-HudsonNY 12520
    (845)534-3710
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    3535 Commerce Rd.
    Orchard LakeMI 48324
    (248)683-0517
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    St. Francis High School
    St. Francis High School Photo - Friars' Hall
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12
    4129 Lake Shore Road
    HamburgNY 14075
    (716)627-1200
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1951 Delta Avenue
    West BranchIA 52358
    (319)519-1856
  • 17.-28.Rank: #17-28
    60%-70%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    505 Spring Street
    Friday HarborWA 98250
    (360)378-6393
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%
    Grades: 9-12
    827 N. Tacoma Avenue
    TacomaWA 98403
    (253)284-8600
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    Canterbury School
    Canterbury School Photo - Canterbury's student to teacher ratio is 11:1. The curriculum is extensive.
    (Catholic)
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    101 Aspetuck Avenue
    New MilfordCT 06776
    (860)210-3832
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    2001 Washington Street
    BraintreeMA 02184
    (857)400-9700
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    Chatham Hall
    Chatham Hall Photo - Whether you ve been riding your whole life or have always wanted to you can find a place in our program. The Chatham Hall campus is home to more than 30 horses, three teaching arenas, a permanent Hunter Trials course, and plenty of trails. We teach hunt seat the Modern Forward Riding System with an emphasis on horse and rider
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    800 Chatham Hall Circle
    ChathamVA 24531
    (434)432-5516
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    10 Main Street
    CheshireCT 06410
    (203)439-7250
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    Christchurch School
    Christchurch School Photo - "Set your course at the river. " Established in the Episcopal tradition, Christchurch is inclusive, welcoming students and families of all faiths and backgrounds.
    (Episcopal)
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    49 Seahorse Lane
    ChristchurchVA 23031
    (804)758-2306
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (800)287-9197
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    230 Bushy Hill Road
    SimsburyCT 06070
    (860)408-4200
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    George School
    George School Photo - Main Hall
    (Society of Friends)
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    1690 Newtown Langhorne Road
    NewtownPA 18940
    (215)579-6547
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    Linden Hall School
    Linden Hall School Photo
    All-Girls 
    50%-60%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    212 East Main Street
    LititzPA 17543
    (717)626-8512
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 7-12 | 5-12 (day)
    60 Knox Lane
    WheelingWV 26003
    (304)233-1436
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    66 School Street
    GranbyMA 01033
    (413)255-0000
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 Green St.
    AtchisonKS 66002
    (913)367-5482
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    100 Academy Drive
    MercersburgPA 17236
    (717)328-6173
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    92 Northwood Road
    Lake PlacidNY 12946
    (518)523-3382
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 7-12
    2001 Riverside Drive
    GainesvilleGA 30501
    (800)462-2338
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 8-12 | 6-12 (day)
    290 Quintard Rd.
    SewaneeTN 37375
    (931)598-5651
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    Saint James School
    Saint James School Photo - Saint James' picturesque 689-acre campus is conveniently located only 70 miles from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.
    (Episcopal)
    50%-60%

    Grades: 8-12
    17641 College Road
    HagerstownMD 21740
    (301)733-9330
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    St. Margaret's School
    St. Margaret's School Photo - WE BELIEVE YOU BELONG HERE. * 10 acre historic waterfront campus * 42 acre athletic complex * Within 2 hours of Washington, DC, Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    50%-60%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    PO Box 158, 444 Water Lane
    TappahannockVA 22560
    (804)443-3357
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    Saint Stanislaus High School
    Saint Stanislaus High School Photo - Mr. Anderson's chemistry class gets to perform cool experiments!
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    50%-60%

    Grades: 7-12
    304 S. Beach Blvd.
    Bay St. LouisMS 39520
    (228)467-9057
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    30 School Street
    TiltonNH 03276
    (603)286-1733
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    Trinity-Pawling School
    Trinity-Pawling School Photo - Find your home away from home on our stunning 230-acre campus. We're a buzzing community, with 8 dorms, state-of-the-art athletic facilities, a chapel, and an Arts Center with a theater and painting studios. Zip into New York City by train for cultural activities, or enjoy the great outdoors just minutes from campus.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    50%-60%

    Grades: 8-12, PG | 7-12, PG (day)
    700 Route 22
    PawlingNY 12564
    (845)855-4825
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12
    101 North University
    Beaver DamWI 53916
    (800)860-7725
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 7-12 | 6-12 (day)
    319 Webb Road East
    Bell BuckleTN 37020
    (931)389-6003
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1079 Firetower Road
    ColoraMD 21917
    (410)658-9279
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    Westtown School
    Westtown School Photo - Main building
    (Society of Friends)
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    975 Westtown Rd
    West ChesterPA 19382
    (610)399-7900
  • 29.-55.Rank: #29-55
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School
    Wyoming Seminary Upper School Photo - Wyoming Seminary's athletic success stretches across all three seasons of competition. The Blue Knights field hockey team won their seventh state championship in 2018, while the wrestling team is ranked No. 2 in the country. Sem offers 22 varsity sports, including rowing and girls wrestling.
    (United Methodist)
    50%-60%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    201 North Sprague Ave.
    KingstonPA 18704
    (570)270-2160
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%
    Grades: 9-12, PG
    345 South Figueroa Street
    Los AngelesCA 90071
    (213)400-4585
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 7-12
    80 chemin Moulton Hill
    Sherbrooke, QuebecCanada J1M 1Z8
    (819)566-0238
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 600
    BlairstownNJ 07825
    (908)362-6121
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    Blue Ridge School
    Blue Ridge School Photo - Our lake offers students a chance to relax, fish, canoe - in the center of campus.
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    273 Mayo Drive
    St. GeorgeVA 22935
    (434)985-2811
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    1701 Brandon Hall Drive
    AtlantaGA 30350
    (770)394-8177
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    1051 N Houston
    BullardTX 75757
    (903)894-5000
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    Buffalo Seminary
    Buffalo Seminary Photo - Graduation 2017 - 66 girls celebrate the way generations of SEM graduates have.
    All-Girls 
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    205 Bidwell Parkway
    BuffaloNY 14222
    (716)885-6780
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    Christ School
    Christ School Photo
    All-Boys  (Episcopal)
    40%-50%

    Grades: 8-12
    500 Christ School Road
    AshevilleNC 28704
    (828)684-6232
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    500 Holden Way
    CarbondaleCO 81623
    (970)963-2562
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    1014 Cave Spring Road, SW
    RomeGA 30161
    (706)235-6051
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 5-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    20950 SW Rock Creek Road
    SheridanOR 97378
    (503)843-3521
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    Emma Willard School
    Emma Willard School Photo
    All-Girls 
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    285 Pawling Avenue
    TroyNY 12180
    (518)833-1320
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    Fork Union Military Academy
    Fork Union Military Academy Photo - The cadets in parade formation. The first full dress parade of the year begins usually at the end of April and is on Sunday.
    All-Boys  (Baptist)
    40%-50%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    P.O. 278, 4744 James Madison Hwy
    Fork UnionVA 23055
    (800)462-3862
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    6155 Fountain Valley School Road
    Colorado SpringsCO 80911
    (719)391-5251
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    745 Main Street
    FryeburgME 04037
    (207)935-2013
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 8-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    300 Garrison Forest Road
    Owings MillsMD 21117
    (410)559-3111
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    Grier School
    Grier School Photo
    All-Girls 
    40%-50%

    Grades: 7-12, PG
    2522 Grier School Road
    TyronePA 16686
    (814)684-3000
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    Groton School
    (Episcopal)
    40%-50%

    Grades: 8-12
    282 Farmers Row, Box 991
    GrotonMA 01450
    (978)448-7510
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | K-12, PG (day)
    65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road
    KamuelaHI 96743
    (808)881-4321
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    860 Beech Street
    PottstownPA 19464
    (610)326-1000
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    Holderness School
    Holderness School Photo - In the Holderness classroom, each student is literally in the front row, with an average class size of 12. We offer AP courses spanning multiple disciplines and encourage students to pursue an intellectual passion of their own in their twelfth-grade year as part of the Senior Thesis program.
    (Episcopal)
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 1879
    PlymouthNH 03264
    (603)536-1747
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    616 High Street
    BathME 04530
    (207)443-7101
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 257, 1614 Main St., Rte. 17
    Kents HillME 04349
    (207)685-1606
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    The Kiski School
    The Kiski School Photo - Kiski's Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) class.
    All-Boys 
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    1888 Brett Lane
    SaltsburgPA 15681
    (724)639-8035
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    McCallie School
    McCallie School Photo - Current students and alumni will tell you that a single-sex academic environment makes classes at McCallie more dynamic, honest, and productive.
    All-Boys 
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    500 Dodds Avenue
    ChattanoogaTN 37404
    (800)234-2163
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    PO Box 8
    Los OlivosCA 93441
    (805)688-5114
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1000 Samuel Miller Loop
    CharlottesvilleVA 22903
    (434)823-4805
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    Mount Michael Benedictine School
    Mount Michael Benedictine School Photo
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    22520 Mount Michael Road
    ElkhornNE 68022
    (402)238-1457
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    70 Main Street
    New HamptonNH 03256
    (603)677-3401
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12 | 6-12 (day)
    22 Spackenkill Road
    PoughkeepsieNY 12603
    (845)462-4200
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 3-12 | Pre-K-12 (day)
    723 El Paseo Road
    OjaiCA 93023
    (805)646-1423
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    Oldfields School
    Oldfields School Photo - Oldfields' campus is 130 acres located in Maryland's scenic horse country, and is close to cultural centers including Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City and only 30 minutes from the international airport, BWI.
    All-Girls 
    40%-50%

    Grades: 8-12
    1500 Glencoe Road
    Sparks GlencoeMD 21152
    (410)472-4800
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    1000 Orme School Road, H.C. 63, Box 3040
    MayerAZ 86333
    (928)632-7601
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    201 South Main Street
    HightstownNJ 08520
    (609)944-7501
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    The Phelps School
    The Phelps School Photo - There is strong school spirit at Phelps. Many boys participate in various sports, playing in the Tri County Independent School League.
    All-Boys 
    40%-50%

    Grades: 6-12, PG
    583 Sugartown Road
    MalvernPA 19355
    (610)644-1754
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    180 Main Street
    AndoverMA 01810
    (978)749-4050
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    20 Main Street
    ExeterNH 03833
    (603)777-3437
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    PO Box 128, 398 Pomfret Street
    PomfretCT 06258
    (860)963-6120
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    418 Houghton Brook Road
    PutneyVT 05346
    (802)387-6219
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 6-12, PG | Pre-K-12, PG (day)
    18 Goodfriend Drive
    East HamptonNY 11937
    (631)907-5400
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG | 6-12, PG (day)
    63 Federal Road
    BarringtonRI 02806
    (401)246-1230
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    350 Noxontown Road
    MiddletownDE 19709
    (302)285-4231
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    St. Paul's School
    St. Paul's School Photo - SPS 1
    (Episcopal)
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12
    325 Pleasant Street
    ConcordNH 03301
    (603)229-4700
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    St. Thomas More School
    St. Thomas More School Photo
    All-Boys  (Catholic)
    40%-50%

    Grades: 8-12, PG
    45 Cottage Road
    OakdaleCT 06370
    (860)823-3861
  • 56.-114.Rank: #56-114
    St. Timothy's School
    St. Timothy's School Photo - Completed in 2012, Dixon Hall is our state-of-the-art academic building. The technology-rich facility features the Taft Lecture Hall, the Coleman World Languages and Cultures Center, and a Center for Learning and Teaching.
    All-Girls  (Episcopal)
    40%-50%

    Grades: 9-12, PG
    8400 Greenspring Avenue
    StevensonMD 21153
    (410)486-7401
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Parents considering schools should read New York Times columnist Frank Bruni's book about college admissions entitled Where You Go Is Not Who You Will Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. Much of what he says applies in the private K-12 world.
Readers send dozens of questions via Facebook, Twitter and email. What do they ask? Readers want to know which is the best school in a particular country or region. A close second is figuring out how to pay for a private school education. Here are some readers' questions with my answers.
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