Affording a Laurel School Education
Laurel is committed to enrolling academically qualified students. We recognize that for some families, the full tuition stretches resources beyond the family budget. Through Laurel’s financial assistance program, we strive to make a Laurel education possible for these families. Over 46% of Laurel’s student body, Kindergarten – Grade 12, receives financial assistance, which this year totaled $3.3 million. Our generous financial assistance program supports our commitment to a socio-economically diverse student body.
Need-Based Financial Aid
(Kindergarten – Grade 12)
Laurel is committed to enrolling academically qualified students, regardless of their families' ability to afford full tuition. Our program supports our commitment to enrolling an economically diverse student body by assisting families in financing a Laurel education. For this academic school year Laurel offered over $2.6 million in financial aid, distributed to approximately one-third of the student body, Kindergarten-Grade 12. Financial Aid awards range from $1,000 to 95% of tuition.
Average Tuition and Fees
For families receiving need-based financial aid
On November 3, 2016, 7:00-8:00 p.m., the Director of Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid will present a financial aid seminar for parents of prospective students. This is an opportunity to learn how to apply for financial aid and how financial aid awards are calculated.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit or demonstrated financial need. Each endowed program offers qualifying students a chance to pursue a Laurel education at reduced cost. Scholarships may be renewed each year, based on continued academic excellence, good citizenship and leadership.
- Laurel School offers Dream. Dare. Do. Merit Scholarships for girls entering Laurel's Ninth Grade who demonstrate exceptional talent and promise as future members of Laurel's Upper School. Each year, Laurel School awards a range of $1,000 - $20,000 in merit scholarships to students designated as Dream. Dare. Do. Scholars. Scholarships are renewable for each of the student's years in the Upper School.
To qualify to apply for the scholarship, a student must achieve a minimum of a 5 stanine on each section of the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE). All students who perform at that level will receive a Dream. Dare. Do. Merit Scholarship application from the Admissions Office. For more information about the ISEE, please visit www.iseetest.org.
In addition to the Dream. Dare. Do. Merit Scholarships, we are pleased to award the Sarah Lyman Scholarship to a young woman who shows exceptional promise and who will inspire the Laurel Community. This scholarship rewards an accomplished new Ninth Grade student who has achieved excellence in academics and has demonstrated, through her classroom work and extracurricular activities, a true commitment to our values statement: "Committed to building a just and inclusive world, Laurel girls are courageous, creative, ethical and compassionate." This merit scholarship covers full tuition and fees for the student's years in the Upper School.
- The Lawrence Scholarship (for Ninth and Tenth Grade candidates) established by Harriet Buescher Lawrence ’30, awards up to $4,000 annually to students with exceptional academic records and test scores. It serves middle- to upper-income families.
- The Leitch Scholarship (for Ninth Grade candidates) awards assistance toward tuition for students with a financial need greater than 50% who reside in the city of Cleveland (preferred).
|Pre-Primary Half-Day||$8,500 – 11,000|
|Pre-Primary Full-Day||$14,200 – 16,600|
|Kindergarten – Fourth Grade||$20,200 – 23,100|
|Fifth Grade – Eighth Grade||$25,600 – 28,900|
|Ninth Grade – Twelfth Grade||$30,200 – 32,500|
We offer convenient payment plans, allowing families to pay the year’s tuition in one, two, four, ten or twelve payments. Credit card payments are also an option.
Important Information for Prospective Families (K-12)
- Applying for Need-Based Financial Aid http://sssbynais.org/parents
- Helpful information and deadlines for applying for Need-Based Financial Aid
- SSS Family Guide to Financial Aid
- Tuition and Payment Options: Outdoor Pre-Primary, Pre-Primary, Grades K-12