Carey's tuition and extended care costs are comparable to those of other independent schools on the Peninsula. We also offer a robust financial aid program that aims to bring a Carey education within reach for families from a variety of economic backgrounds.
Annual Tuition (2021-2022)
- Pre-kindergarten: $28,630
- Kindergarten – fifth grade: $34,186
- Afternoon only (3:00 - 6:00 p.m.): $4,000/year
- Drop-in: $12/hour
About our Financial Aid Program
The Carey School believes in developing and sustaining a socioeconomically diverse student body. This commitment to inclusion is an essential part of Carey’s mission.
We award more than $700,000 annually in financial assistance, which is allocated to current and newly admitted students on the basis of demonstrated need. This is determined by factors such as income, family size, assets, and liabilities.
The financial aid committee makes every effort to maintain a student's financial aid award throughout his or her entire career at Carey, when there is no significant change in a family’s financial situation. Families do need to reapply for financial aid annually, submit all forms as requested, and meet the stated deadlines.
All admission decisions are made without consideration of a family’s financial circumstances. After the admission committee makes its decision, a separate financial aid committee reviews the completed financial aid applications for both current and newly admitted students.
To ensure objective analysis of parent financial information and provide a standardized calculation to determine financial need, The Carey School uses the services of the National Association of Independent Schools' School and Student Services (SSS).
Complete the financial aid application process through the SSS website. It includes three parts:
The Carey School Financial Aid Application. Please download the blank form and upload a signed copy.
Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). Fill in the requested information about family size, total income, savings, investments, debts, medical and dental expenses, any unusual expenses, and other assets, such as home equity. (SSS analyzes the information on the PFS to estimate your family’s ability to contribute to educational expenses.)
The most recent two years' (2019 and 2020) W-2s, 1099s, and IRS Form(s) 1040 or 1040A.
The SSS Customer Service Center is available – at (800) 344-8329 – to assist parents with completing their PFS and submitting documents. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.
For divorced, separated, or never-married parents: Each parent is required to complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) for his/her household and submit the required tax documents (W-2s and/or 1099s and IRS Form 4506).
NOTE: October 2 is the first day families can begin applying for financial aid for the 2021-22 academic year via the SSS website.
Applying for financial aid for returning students & applying sibling applicants:
- January 8, 2021: Deadline for submitting all financial aid application information via SSS (except 2020 tax documents)
- February 3, 2021: Financial aid decision letters emailed
- April 15, 2021: Deadline for submitting 2020 W-2s, 1099s, and IRS Form 1040 or 1040A
Applying for financial aid for prospective students:
- January 29, 2021: Deadline for submitting all financial aid application information via SSS (except 2020 tax documents)
- February 15, 2021: Deadline for submitting 2020 W-2s, 1099s, and IRS Form 1040 or 1040A (Do not send them to The Carey School. Please upload directly to SSS.)
- March 18, 2021: Admission and financial aid decision letters emailed