Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

We recognize the need to empower students with the means to reach their highest potential. This is why Trinity welcomes financial aid applications from all families for whom full tuition would prove difficult to provide. There is no ceiling on either family income or assets. All applications at any grade level, Kindergarten to Twelve, are examined sympathetically and thoroughly. Financial need is calculated by an analysis of a family’s financial aid application made through the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), together with the most recent tax return(s) and supporting documentation. A cost of living index is applied to the calculations in order to offset the financial exigencies of living in New York. Awards range from a few thousand dollars to almost total aid, though all families must pay some part of the cost of a Trinity education. Many factors are considered in the awarding of aid: the number and ages of children and adults in the family, the employment status of those adults, medical expenses, and the specific circumstances of each family. Trinity’s financial aid officer works closely with each family to determine the best way to finance a Trinity education.
Financial Aid Applications are Due by December 1, 2022

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  • Access and Equity: Trinity School Financial Aid Program

    Consonant with its origins as a charity school, aligned with its mission to educate talented, motivated students who embody our city’s diversity, Trinity’s financial aid program exists to make its educational program accessible to highly qualified students, regardless of family income. In service of this commitment, Trinity offers need-based financial aid to newly-admitted students who will enrich and be enriched by our educational community. For families receiving aid, the school is also committed to underwriting the costs of required or essential  educational  resources, services, and opportunities not covered by tuition and to providing funds and resources to support participation in school-sponsored enrichment opportunities. In support of our commitment to students enrolled at Trinity, the school also encourages families whose financial circumstances change during their children’s school careers to be in dialogue with us about the availability of aid.
    In applying our financial aid policies and practices, we will seek to be transparent and will encourage open dialogue between the school and families. Aware that the process of financial aid application requires a family to provide the school with significant personal and financial information, we are committed to exercising the greatest possible degree of sensitivity, respect, and confidentiality.
    Finally, knowing that a Trinity education requires a significant investment on the part of all families and is, for many families, their single greatest financial commitment, the school is committed to stewarding its resources well, to considering carefully the impact of its budgetary decisions on families of limited means, and to communicating those decisions clearly.
    We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin in the administration of our financial aid.
  • Tuition 2022-2023

    Additional Fees:
    Lunch fees: $2,470
    Parents’ Association dues: $100
    Grade Twelve fees: $560
    As part of the School’s commitment to ensure that a Trinity education remains accessible to all, the following expenses are covered entirely or partially for all families receiving financial aid. 
    Entirely Covered:
    Fees for science laboratory courses
    Visual Arts class costs, including materials
    Physical Education and Fitness uniforms
    The cost of musical instrument rental for use in Performing Arts classes
    Required calculators for mathematics classes
    Fees for standardized college tests
    Field trips taken by a grade or a class
    Theater tickets to productions outside Trinity that have required attendance by a class
    Fee for Trinity’s yearbook
    Theater tickets to all productions at Trinity
    Partially Covered:
    For Middle School students: a $600 allowance for books
    For Upper School students: an $800 allowance for books
    Proportional coverage of After school classes and Kids Club for students in Grades K-6
    Proportional coverage of Private music lessons
    Fees associated with Model Congress (a student club)
    Fees associated with Model UN (a student club)
    School-sponsored SAT preparation program
    Costs associated with school team athletic equipment
    Cost of the annual spring athletics training trip
    Cost of school-sponsored global travel opportunities
  • Applying for Financial Aid

    Step 1: If you wish to apply for financial aid at Trinity for the 2023-2024 academic year, please apply online at School and Student Services (SSS) at starting October 15, 2022. Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2022.
    To complete your application, you will need to upload and submit:
    • SSS application
    • 2022 W2s, and/or 1099s, and
    • 2022 Federal income tax. Do not upload NY State tax.        
    Step 2: Before February 3, 2023 upload your 2022 W2s and/or 1099s.
    Step 3:  If you enroll your child at Trinity, a copy of your 2022 federal income tax, including all the schedules you file, must be uploaded to SSS on or before April 15, 2023.
  • FAQ and Considerations

    Q: How should a family file for financial aid if the parents are divorced?
    A: The Financial Aid Committee will consider the financial resources of both parents. In the case of separated or divorced parents, we require that both parents file SSS forms and send us copies of their most recent W-2s and/or 1099s and taxes.
    Q: What considerations does Trinity take in calculating financial aid awards?
    A: The School and Student Service (SSS) will provide parents with a report of parents’ financial need. To avoid any confusion, we think it important to state that Trinity is not bound by the SSS analysis. We have an $8,000 contribution per year limit per family for retirement savings, and we add back to gross income other pretax dollar accounts. We also impute the minimum wage for non-working parents in families where the youngest child has completed 6th grade. On the other hand we use a cost of living index to mitigate the unusual expenses associated with living in New York City. Allowances are also made for medical expenses, health insurance, and other non-discretionary demands on families’ income such as childcare when both parents work. Please be as descriptive as possible in referencing expenses particular to your family’s needs.
    Q: What are financial aid awards based on?
    A: 1) An objective assessment of financial need; 2) money available from the financial aid budget. Although the SSS assessment is not binding on the school, the figures do serve as a guideline aiding the Financial Aid Committee in its determination of awards.
    Q: How are late applications considered?
    A: Late applications for aid are accepted but are subject to the availability of funds and are processed only after those families whose applications were received  on time have been notified.
    Q: How are families notified of the financial aid award?
    A: Applicants to Trinity will be sent their financial aid decision along with their enrollment contract if they have submitted all required financial documents.
    Q: How is financial aid managed with currently-enrolled families?
    A: Families of currently-enrolled students who would like to be considered for a financial aid award must apply annually. Families whose circumstances change while their children are enrolled at Trinity are encouraged to be in touch with the Office of Financial Aid.
    Q: What are some factors considered in reviewing financial aid applications?
    A: Childcare expenses
    Current job status of working age adults
    Extended family responsibilities
    Medical expenses, including the cost of medical insurance
    Number of dependents
    Number of members of the household
    Contributions to employer provided pretax accounts. (Such as retirement accounts, FSAs, HSAs, dependent care, transportation, section 125 and cafeteria plans, etc.)
    Q: Do you offer financial assistance at all grade levels?
    A: Typically the financial aid awards are disseminated to families applying to our key entry points (KG, Prep for Prep grade 7, and grade 9). However, if there is attrition in any of the non-typical entry points (grades 1-8, 10 and 11) and funds are still available, we will surely include financial awards with offers.
Located on the Upper West Side of New York City, Trinity School is a college preparatory, coeducational independent school for grades K-12. Since 1709, Trinity has provided a world-class education to its students with rigorous academics and outstanding programs in athletics, the arts, peer leadership, and global travel.