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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition includes lunch, bus transportation, laboratory fees, and athletic fees. It does not include optional school supplies such as backpacks, personal calculators, or personal athletic supplies such as cleats or skates. Tuition fees vary according to the grade level in which students are enrolled.

Tuition for 2019-20

Pre-Kindergarten* $29,460
Kindergarten $34,635
Classes 1-2 $38,650
Classes 3-5 $40,450
Classes 6-8 $49,210
Classes 9-12 $51,965

*Pre-K is a half-day program with an extended day option until 3:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. (additional fee.)

Financial Aid Program

Dexter Southfield’s financial aid program provides grants-in-aid to accepted students who, without such assistance, would be unable to attend. The program is a need-based only program; there are no scholarships or merit awards available for academic, artistic, or athletic ability and grants-in-aid are based upon mandatory tuition-related School charges. Dexter Southfield’s tuition includes transportation and lunch. It is expected that every family assume some portion of the cost of their child’s education and provide for discretionary expenses relating to athletic supplies, photographs, laptop computers, and book fair charges. Dexter Southfield awards grants-in-aid without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin.  Preference is given to currently enrolled students.

Since financial aid is funded from the School’s operating revenue, the number and amount of grants-in-aid available are limited. Because the School’s resources and the needs of our families change from year to year, we request that families submit an application each year.

Application Timeline and Required Documents

Families are expected to adhere to the following deadlines. Failure to do so may endanger a student’s award.


January 15: Submit Parent Financial Statement (PFS)

The PFS is completed by going online to and clicking on the green “Complete Your PFS” button on the upper right-hand side of the page. If divorced or separated and filing separate tax returns, each parent must submit a separate PFS form.


February 15: Deadline for Tax Returns and other documents

Required documents include:

  • Completed and signed 2017 and 2018 Federal Tax Returns with ALL supporting schedules (1099, 1040, etc)
  • Completed and signed 2017 and 2018 Business Federal Tax returns, if applicable.
  • Mortgage statements on ALL owned properties
  • 2018 W2s


March 10

The Financial Aid Committee will communicate financial aid decisions to new families receiving an award.

Returning families are notified on a rolling basis, as soon as all documents are received.


April 10

On or before this date, new families must notify Dexter Southfield of their decision to accept or decline the financial aid offer.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for need-based financial aid, parents of currently enrolled students and parents of students applying to Dexter Southfield must complete a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) as soon as possible but no later than January 15, 2019. It is important that the PFS be filled out completely and that any explanations necessary are given as there is ample room to do so. The SSS information received is supplemented and verified by information contained on both the required W-2 statements and federal income tax returns.

The PFS is completed by going online to and clicking on the green “Complete Your PFS” button on the upper right-hand side of the page. If you completed an online PFS application last year, use your e-mail address and existing password. If you are a first time applicant, click on “Create an Account”.

Please follow the directions carefully and provide as much detailed information as possible. There is room for additional information at the end of the PFS.


Please note:

  • Only one PFS per household is necessary.
    • Parents that are divorced or separated must each submit a PFS application.
  • The Dexter Southfield Code is 2842. 

Monthly Payment Plan

A monthly payment plan is available. Arrangements may be made with the Business Office to budget tuition-related expenses over a 10 month period.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are financial aid decisions made?

So that equal consideration is given to each financial aid request, the School is guided by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) in calculating financial need. Based on the financial information provided in the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), SSS calculates an estimated family contribution for educational expenses. This is based on:

  • Family incomes
  • Assets held by a family
  • The number of dependents
  • The age of both parents
  • The number of children attending tuition charging schools


The Director of Financial Aid makes a recommendation to the Financial Aid Committee, which makes a determination based on the financial analysis, enrollment projections and the schools’ resources to accommodate the request.


If my child is admitted but not awarded aid, might we receive aid the following year? 

The School aids students it feels it can continue to support through their years at the School. Students who enter without receiving financial assistance should not expect to receive financial assistance in future years unless there is a documented significant change in a family’s financial situation.


If we are offered aid and decide to enroll, can we expect approximately the same level of aid in future years? 

A family receiving aid in one year should not expect that a grant-in-aid in subsequent years will be in the same amount. Because the School’s resources and the needs of families change from year to year, and financial grants-in-aid are awarded on a demonstrated need basis only, each recipient family must re-apply each year. Furthermore, action is not taken on the application of any student whose account is not current with the School or if the student is not in good standing.


What if I have children at or applying to other tuition-paying schools? 

The School expects that a family with children attending and/or applying to other tuition-charging schools is also applying for financial aid at those schools. Consideration of a grant-in-aid applicant will not be given when parents are paying full tuition-related charges for the applicant’s sibling(s) at other tuition-paying schools. The School may request confirmation of awards granted to a sibling.


What if I am a single parent? 

The School requires that all parents contribute to their children’s educational costs to the extent of their ability. Parents that are divorced, separated, or never married must each submit a PFS application and the required financial documents on behalf of their child. The School requires the complete financial information of both custodial and non-custodial parents. 


What if I have remarried/or entered into a permanent relationship? Is my new spouse’s information required? 

Yes, the addition of another adult into a household can change an applicant family’s financial circumstances. It is the School’s policy that those additional resources and expenses become family resources and expenses. Therefore, the same financial information is required for the additional adult and considered in the review and analysis of the family’s financial aid application. 


What if I am self-employed? 

Parents who are self-employed must submit their business tax returns, and any K1s if applicable.


If only one parent works outside of the home, will the student be considered for financial aid? 

The School recognizes and understands that families have the responsibility and ability to make choices that affect their financial circumstances. However, to be equitable to all of our financial aid applicants and recipients, if only one parent works outside of the home, a salary is imputed for the non-working spouse. The exception to this policy occurs if the non-working parent is ill or disabled, or home caring for a pre-school aged, disabled, or seriously ill child. This information should be included in the Other Considerations section of the Parent Financial Statement.


What if I have more than one child applying to Dexter Southfield? 

Complete only one PFS for several children applying to or currently enrolled at Dexter Southfield. 


If you have any questions, please contact Alex Melanson, Director of Financial Aid, at (617) 751-3624.


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