Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition includes all educational expenses, lunch and snacks, and participation in extracurricular activities such as athletics, arts, and most field trips. Boarding tuition also includes room and board. Tuition does not include books, music lessons or instrument rental, transportation to and from school, or the 9th grade service learning trip. Optional costs such as before or after-school care and may also be additional charges. The Bement School is dedicated to enrolling students from different backgrounds, and we offer several payment plans and financial aid.

Tuition 2019-2020  
Kindergarten $18,000
Grades 1-2 $19,700
Day Student Grades 3-5 $20,940
Day Student Grades 6-9 $26,830
Five-Day Boarding Student $52,040
Seven-Day Boarding Student $62,710

Financial Aid at Bement

We believe a diverse socioeconomic student population enriches the Bement experience for all students. We understand the cost of attending Bement can be a challenge, and our Board of Trustees set aside funds to assist families that demonstrate financial need. For the 2019-2020 school year, Bement awarded $1,205,799 in financial aid to 38% of the student body.

Bement offers financial aid to U.S. citizens based on the demonstrated financial need of the family. Our school does not offer scholarships or merit awards for academic, athletic, or artistic ability. Historically, our financial aid budget has allowed us to award between 50% to 70% of demonstrated need.

Important Dates:
  • Applications for financial aid are available on November 1 and are due February 1
  • Apply at School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) and use The Bement School code 1570
  • Notification of decisions occurs on or by March 10

Financial Aid FAQ

How much aid does Bement give?

For the 2018-2019 school year, Bement awarded $1,071,000 in financial aid to 38% of the student body. Aid awards are determined by level of demand and level of funding as set by our board of trustees. Recently, we have been able to make aid awards at approximately 70 percent of demonstrated need. For day students these awards typically range from $1,000 to $19,000. Boarding students receive somewhat higher awards. Aid awarded has no repayment requirements.

Are there any scholarships?

Through the generosity of a former trustee, the school has established The Bement Bridge Grant Fund. This grant provides additional financial aid to cover the remaining balance due for tuition. This grant is available to a new lower school applicant in our local geographic area. In order to qualify, families must have a demonstrated need for full financial aid. There is no additional application process for this grant; by applying for financial aid through School and Student Service (SSS) you will be considered for The Bement Bridge Grant. Bement commits to support this student’s tuition balance throughout her/his experience here. Each year, the Financial Aid Committee will renew the grant as long as the family continues to demonstrate appropriate financial need and Bement remains a good fit for the student. Bement’s Financial Aid Committee may use a lottery system to determine the recipient of this grant if multiple families qualify.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Applying for Financial Aid

We use School and Student Services (SSS) to process financial aid applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. Based on the financial information you provide, SSS estimates the amount your family can contribute to educational expenses and sends a report to both you and the school. This helps the school make fair and objective financial aid decisions. To begin your financial aid application, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Start your application

Starting on November 1, go to SSS at:

Click on the prompt to complete or update your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). You will be asked to create an account. If you applied for financial aid last year, simply login to the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year. You only have to complete one PFS even if you have several children applying to our school or other independent schools.

The Bement School code is 1570.

*You don’t have to complete the form in one sitting. You will be given a password so you can save your PFS and return to finish it at any time.

Step 2: Complete your application

Complete the financial aid process by the application deadline, February 1. Since the total demonstrated need of our applicants exceeds Bement's financial aid budget, our funds can be depleted quickly. Knowing the total need by the time of our first meeting helps us distribute the awards in an equitable manner. In the event that funds become available later, some applicants on the financial aid wait list might then become eligible for financial aid awards.

Step 3: More Information

For additional information and resources, please check the following link:

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Ken Cuddeback in the business office or Kimberly Loughlin in the admission office.

When should I apply for aid?

You should begin applying for financial aid at the same time you apply for admission. You can apply online beginning November 1:

When is the financial aid application deadline?

February 1.

Must I reapply for aid every year?

Yes, every family must apply for financial aid each year. Families can generally expect to receive the same amount of aid if their financial circumstances remain the same. A significant change in a family's financial profile may change the financial aid award.

When are financial aid awards made?

New families at Bement can expect financial aid awards along with admission decisions on or by March 10. Returning families will receive financial aid awards along with their re-enrollment agreements on or by March 10.

How is aid determined for parents who are divorced, separated, or were never married?

Bement requires that all parents contribute to the cost of education for their child to the extent of their ability. Both parents should go to the SSS website and complete the online financial aid application: