Affording Groton

One of the more persistent misunderstandings about independent school education is that it is not affordable. In fact, financial aid awards granted by Groton are, by and large, significantly more generous than those offered by American universities. Financial aid assessments at Groton are made with the assumption that families will eventually face the cost of a college education, too.

Do not assume you will not qualify for financial aid. Families from many different income levels qualify for aid each year. Groton is committed to inclusion. The popular depiction of boarding schools as places that only the wealthy can afford continues to prevent people from considering the option of this excellent form of education. At Groton, we want to ensure that the finest applicants can join our community regardless of their families’ financial situations.
Since 2008, Groton School has waived tuition, room, and board for students from families with incomes below $75,000. This policy reflects the School’s recognition that the great resources of Groton and the promise afforded by a Groton education should be available to all. Again, do not assume you will not qualify for aid. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bill Riley, Groton's Director of Financial Aid, at 978-448-7510 or

Applying for Financial Aid

  • Beginning on Oct. 2nd go to
  • Create your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) online account with your email address and a password. If you applied for financial aid last year, simply log in to the PFS online as a returning family, using the email address and password you set up last year.
  • Begin a PFS for academic year 2018-19. You can log out of the PFS online at any time, then return later to complete it.
  • After you have pressed submit, you’ll be brought to a payment screen. The fee of $49 is nonrefundable. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system.
  • After submitting your PFS you will be given instructions about uploading required documents to the "My Documents" section.
  • Please submit signed copies of the following:
    • Due January 31st: Signed previous year 1040, W2, and/or 1099 Form, Schedule C/K-1’s (if applicable)
    • Due February 15th: Signed current year 1040, W2, and/or 1099 Form, Schedule C/K-1’s (if applicable)
    • Non-U.S. residents must submit official income/asset verification forms, foreign tax returns, and/or wage statements.
All candidates for aid must complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS). We encourage you to submit this form to SSS as soon as possible and no later than January 31st

Groton School's SSS code is 3598



Tuition & Fees
Tuition 2017-18 Room & Board
Technology Fee
Health Fee

Other Expenses
♦Books $600
♦Laundry service (optional) $80-$989
♦Incidentals (art & other class supplies, bus vacation travel, equipment etc.) $500
♦Spending money $600

Percentage on Financial Aid: 38%
Average Boarding Grant:
Average DayGrant: $31,355
Financial Aid Budget:
$6.9 million

Important Points to Consider about Financial Aid

1) The School does not offer scholarships based on particular talents or attributes. Financial aid is for families who have a demonstrated need for financial assistance.
2) If a family believes they will need financial aid at any point during a child’s time at Groton, they must apply for aid at the outset. Families will not be considered for aid if it is not requested during the admission application process. If a family’s financial circumstances change significantly, the School will make every effort to provide assistance.

3) Groton School's financial aid committee will consider the financial resources of both biological parents. For divorced or separated parents, a separate Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) should be completed for each parent. 

4) Groton actively seeks students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. We allocate $6.9 million toward financial aid for our population of 381 students, and 38 percent of our students receive some degree of assistance.
5) Be sure to apply for financial aid in a timely manner. The deadline is January 31, 2018.

If you wish to submit required documents by mail, send to School and Student Services, P.O. Box 449, Randolph, MA 02368-0449. For overnight service, use: SSS by NAIS, Application Processing Center, 15 Dan Road, Suite 102, Canton, MA 02021. If you need help completing the PFS, contact SSS customer service at 800-344-8328.


Learn about the GRoton Affordability and INclusion (GRAIN) initiative and how it's making financial aid even more available to a wide range of students.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 8 items.

  • I am not sure if our family will qualify for financial aid. Is it worth applying?

    If you are unsure whether you will qualify, you may contact our Director of Financial Aid Bill Riley for advice. From the School's perspective, if you question whether you will qualify but recognize that tuition will be a significant financial hardship, you should apply. Karen White, in the Admission Office, also can answer many questions about financial aid forms. Feel free to take a look at our income/financial aid chart, and don't hesitate to be in touch with questions.
  • Will applying for financial aid affect my child's chances for admission?

    Decisions regarding admission to the School and decisions about financial aid eligibility are made independently by two separate committees. All families who are interested in financial aid are encouraged to apply. For nearly half of our candidate families, applying for financial aid is a normal part of the admission process. Groton's new GRAIN initiative allows the School to accept deserving candidates who in previous years may not have been admitted.
  • Does Groton have any merit scholarships for which I can compete?

    No. All financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated need, not upon academic, athletic, or other merit. We firmly believe all students who are admitted to Groton have sufficient merit and that our aid funds are best awarded only to those who truly need them.
  • Does Groton award financial aid to students from foreign countries?

    Financial aid is available primarily to citizens of the United States and Canada. International students are eligible to receive financial aid, however, Groton has limited funds available for this purpose.
  • What items do I need to complete my financial aid application?

    After completing your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS), all families must submit to a copy of their current and previous year income tax returns (1040), with all supporting schedules. We understand that preparing your tax returns in advance of the IRS deadlines is inconvenient. Please estimate your current tax information on the PFS. No financial aid award is final until the current year official tax return is received. If you have a partnership or S Corp, all supporting documents, such as K-1's, form 1065, or 1120S, also must be submitted to SSS. Form 4506T is also required.
    If you have questions about what forms are required, don't hesitate to contact Karen White or Bill Riley by email or at 978-448-7510.
  • When will we be notified of our financial aid award?

    Your admission decision letter will be mailed on March 10, and notification of your financial aid award will arrive a few days later. 
  • I've heard that sometimes free tuition is offered. How do I apply?

    Since 2008, Groton has offered free tuition to all families whose gross family incomes are under $75,000 per year. In this situation, the application process is the same as it is for any financial aid: you must submit the SSS form and your tax returns. Should you be accepted at Groton and fall within this income bracket, you will receive free tuition and expense money throughout your years at Groton, as long as your financial situation is unchanged.
  • How do you apply for financial aid at Groton School?

    To apply, all candidates for aid must complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS), available through School and Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). You may use the online version of the SSS application for aid. We encourage you to submit this form to the SSS starting in October, and no later than January 31. Groton School's SSS code is 3598.
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