Financial Aid

The Ellis School is committed to attracting the very best students from all economic, racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Each family’s circumstance is distinctive, and the application for financial aid is a chance for you to explore how your family and Ellis may partner to support your daughter’s independent school education. The financial aid process is separate from the Ellis admission process, and applying for financial aid will not jeopardize your daughter’s opportunity for admission.
Beginning in November, parents are invited to attend financial aid workshops to learn more about the financial aid process at Ellis. Attendees will receive information about School and Student Services (SSS), the organization which will ultimately assesses a family’s ability to pay for an independent education. New applicants for financial aid are required to attend a workshop or watch a recording of the presentation online.

  • Pre-K to grade 4 families may receive aid for up to 50 percent of tuition based on financial need.
  • Middle and Upper School families may receive aid up to the full cost of tuition based on financial need.
  • In the 2016-2017 school year, Ellis provided $1.8 million in financial aid grants.
  • Currently, 37% of Ellis students receive need-based financial aid.
  • A financial aid application must be completed online and submitted with copies of your most recent IRS Form 1040 and W-2(s).
  • The School asks families to apply for aid each year and reserves the right to change a student’s financial aid grant to reflect changes in the family’s circumstances.
  • The School will consider offering financial aid to a student who did not receive financial aid previously if her family’s financial circumstances have changed substantially.

For more information about financial aid, or to attend a Financial Aid Workshop, please contact the Enrollment Management Office at 412-661-4880.
If you are interested in learning more about our financial aid options, you are encouraged to attend one of our financial aid workshops. Please note the financial aid application deadline for current Ellis families is December 15, and the deadline for prospective families is January 15. New applicants are required to attend a workshop and returning applicants are strongly encouraged to do so. If you are unable to attend a workshop, please email Emily Scott to learn about other options for familiarizing yourself with the financial aid process. 

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