Poughkeepsie Day School has a flexible tuition program.

The flexible tuition program supports families who cannot afford the full cost of tuition and who demonstrate financial need through the NAIS School and Student Services (SSS) program. Currently, 41% of PDS families participate in the program. Our goal is that no mission-appropriate student will be denied a PDS education solely for financial reasons.

Does Our Family Qualify?

Here are some potential examples of flexible tuition based on the 2016-2017 admissions season. SSS factors in a number of different pieces of financial information: for example, the salaries of adults in the household and whether other children are at tuition paying schools, including college. We do not include credit card debt or home equity, but SSS does ask families to add information about cars, vacations, after school activities and summer camps and savings. Our goal is to see that an education at PDS is a family’s priority. If that is the case, then we want to help make education here a reality.

Family A

The family has two children under 18. One child attends a public school, the other attends PDS in the lower school. The family earns $101,000. One is self employed, the other is a professional. They own their cars, and are paying a mortgage. Their award is $7,050.

Family B

The family has two children just starting high school at PDS and another at college. One parent is in start up manufacturing and the other is self employed. They rent their house and own two 5 year old cars. The family income is $72,000. The award per child is $12,000.

Family C

This family has one child in high school at PDS. Family income is $117,000. They have two cars over 5 years’ old and own their own home. One parent works in construction and the other is self employed. Their award is $8,000.

Family D

This family has two children, one in public school and one in the middle school at PDS. Family income is $125,000. They have one 15 year old car and a small mortgage. One parent works in industrial design. Their award is $6,000.

Family E

This is a single parent family with one child at PDS in the middle school. The parent earns $58,900. The family rents and drives an older car. The award is $21,000.

Family F

This family has one child in lower school. Both parents are professionals with a combined salary of $210,000. They own their home with no mortgage, and drive two cars, one new, one over 10 years old. They receive no award.


Tuition for 2017/18

The figures below indicate the top end of the range for 2017-2018, if your family does not apply or qualify for financial aid.  


Pre- K – Grade 12 Tuition for 2017/18

5 mornings,

5 mornings,
plus Tu, W, Th afternoons

5 days,
8:15am -3:15pm


Grades 1-3

Grade 4 & 5

Grade 6

Grades 7 & 8

Grades 9 & 10

Grades 11 & 12

Please contact our admissions office
at 845.462.7600 ext 201
any time if you have questions or you are an international student.

How Do I Enter the Program?

We encourage any family that thinks they may qualify, to apply for flexible tuition.

  • Families of students in  Pre-K through Grade 12 are eligible to apply for flexible tuition.
  • When a parent does not work and there are no child care or other family care needs at home, the school will impute an annual income of at least $25,000 to the non-working parent/guardian.
  • PDS will not consider an application for flexible tuition until all required documents have been submitted by parents who have legal parental rights.
  • A family’s financial need does not affect a student’s acceptance by the school. Flexible Tuition awards are determined separately; application does not affect the admission process.
  • PDS does not require repayment of flexible tuition awards; however, recipients must reapply annually. In most cases, an award will remain at the same level, adjusting for tuition increases, except in cases of significant change in financial circumstances.

If at any time you have questions about the Flexible Tuition Program, please contact Tammy Reilly in the PDS Admissions Office (845.462.7600 ext 201).

How Does the Program Work?

Step 1

For new families, submit your application as soon as you decide to apply for admission. As a starting point to calculate a family’s flexible tuition level, we use information reported directly to PDS by NAIS School and Student Services in the form of a completed Parents Financial Statement (PFS). The SSS is used by hundreds of schools across the country to help assess a family’s ability to pay for independent education and to ensure that their request for assistance is being evaluated objectively and professionally. Only one completed PFS is required, even if you are applying for more than one child.

Returning families are invited to submit applications for the following year beginning on November 1 of the current school year. PDS also considers the level of funding available for flexible tuition in a given year. As funds are limited, we recommend submitting your application and required documentation as soon as possible.

For questions regarding how to complete a PFS, contact SSS by NAIS at 800.344.8328, Monday–Friday: 9am–8pm EST or Saturday: 9am–4pm EST.
Step 2
Beginning in January of the current school year, submit the following documents to the PDS Admissions Office:*

  • Previous year’s federal income tax return (signed, with all supporting schedules and forms, including business taxes)
  • Previous year’s W-2s and 1099s (if applicable)
  • Current year’s W-2s and 1099s (if applicable)
  • Current year’s federal income tax return (signed, with all supporting schedules and forms, including business taxes) to be received by PDS no later than May 31st of the current school year.
  • If PDS needs more information for a fuller understanding of your family’s financial situation, we may require additional documentation, such as bank statements and monthly budgets.

*Every adult who contributes to the support of the child must complete a PFS and submit a set of required documents.

Confidentiality Statement

PDS holds all information concerning flexible tuition  in the strictest confidence. Only those persons directly involved in the flexible tuition decision-making process, or in its administration, will review this information.