Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Financial Aid at Tenacre

If you are just beginning the process of researching independent schools for your child, you have probably been attracted to the quality education, small class size, and attention to the needs of each child that schools such as Tenacre provide. At the same time, you may be concerned about meeting the high costs of this education. Tenacre believes that talented, motivated students should not be denied the chance to attend Tenacre solely for financial reasons. The vitality of our community is enhanced by the socio-economic breadth of our student body.

Applying for Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid does not affect your child’s chances of admission. The processes are simultaneous, but separate. That said, each family also bears the primary responsibility for financing a student's education. For example, financial aid awards will not subsidize a parents choice not to work if there are no dependents at home during the school day, or discretionary expenses such as those related to lifestyle.

For New Applicants to Tenacre

  1. The first step is to learn as much as possible about the process by clicking the link to the right entitled SSS Family Guide to Financial Aid.
  2. Starting in October 2021 you may begin the application process by completing your Parents Financial Statement (PFS) at: Clicking the link at right, entitled "2021-2022 PFS Workbook", will walk you through the process. (The updated version should be ready in September.) You will be asked to upload tax documentation; if your most current income tax return is not available, please submit the previous year’s and update your application when it is complete.  Financial Aid grant decision letters will be sent to accepted applicant families as close to March 10 as possible.
  3. We know this process can seem daunting at first, but we'd like to support you. If you have questions about the process itself, call the SSS Help Desk at 800-344-8328. They really are helpful. Questions about the amount of your grant? Please don't hesitate to call or email Meg Burke at 781-591-7401.

For Returning Tenacre Students

  1. SSS is open to receive your forms as of October 2021. Your previous password is still usable.
  2. PFS forms must be completed by January 15, 2022. You will be asked to upload tax documentation; if your most current income tax return is not available, please submit the previous year’s and update your application when it is complete. Aid applications are reviewed each year, and if there is no significant change in your income status, you can expect a comparable level of aid from year to year.
  3. Financial Aid grant decision letters will be sent to each applicant family as close to March 10 as possible.   Please don't hesitate to call or email Meg Burke at 781-491-7401 if you have questions or concerns about your grant. 
All financial aid information submitted to Tenacre is strictly confidential

Financial Aid for Afternoon Programs

MidDay Program
For families receiving assistance with their regular tuition, grants for our MidDay program are available and will be proportional to your financial aid grant. 

After School Program

We make a sincere effort to keep the After-School program affordable for all in our community. The cost depends upon which day(s), how many days per week, and how long each day your child stays. Siblings pay 50% of that rate when they attend at the same time. Financial aid is available for After-School. Your cost is based on the percentage you pay of your child's tuition. However, all families must pay at least 25% of the cost, regardless of their tuition aid grant. 

Please contact the Admission Office with any questions.

Meet the Office

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Meg Burke

    Meg Burke 

    Director of Enrollment
  • Photo of Elizabeth O'Connell

    Elizabeth O'Connell  

    Assistant Director of Enrollment

Important Dates

October 2021
The SSS website, at, is open and ready to accept your application.

by February 8, 2022
Your PFS and all tax documents must be submitted to SSS.  Either upload these to SSS or mail to:
School and Student Services, PO Box 449, Randolph MA 02368. Mail at least 10 days prior to our deadline.
  • 2020 1040 form with all filed schedules and attachments
  • W2 and 1099 form, as applicable
  • SSS Business & Farm Statement, if applicable
In addition, submit copies of the above documents to Meg Burke, Tenacre Country Day School, 78 Benvenue Street, Wellesley, MA 02482.

* Please note that missing the Financial Aid deadline may affect your financial aid grant.
March 10, 2022
  • Admission decisions are sent electronically. Financial aid grant decision letters are mailed on March 10.
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