Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are now available.


The tuition for the 2019 - 2020 academic year is $52,320. This includes lunch, textbooks, instructional materials, and required class trips.

Browning offers two different payment plans that include a required non-refundable annual enrollment deposit:

1. Two payments that follow the enrollment deposit:

       a. July 1: 60% of tuition is due

       b. December 1: 40% of tuition is due (less the deposit)

2. Monthly installment plan through FACTS, which allows families to spread out tuition payments over time, using a variety of payment methods. Information about FACTS is included with your enrollment contract.

financial aid

The Browning School seeks to enroll high-achieving students of a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The School’s financial aid program is designed to bridge the gap between the cost of a full tuition and what a family can actually afford to pay. We recognize that investing in an independent school education for your son is a significant commitment, and to the extent that our funds permit, we make every effort to meet the financial needs of qualified applicants.

Financial aid is available at every grade level, and is awarded on the basis of demonstrated need. During the 2018 - 2019 academic year, 19% of our student body received some form of tuition assistance.


How To Apply

1. Browning uses TADS to process financial aid applications for all applicants and currently enrolled students. Families may begin their online TADS application on or after November 1, 2019. Applicants must create a username and password in order to begin the application; this will allow the applicant to log in and out and complete the application at any time. Please note that separated and divorced parents must each submit an application and the necessary supporting documents in order for the request for aid to be considered. The financial aid application deadline is January 8, 2020.

2. In addition to the application on the TADS website, we require both prospective and current parents applying for tuition assistance to submit the following:

  • Most recently filed federal taxes for all household members

  • Most Recent W-2’s received by all parents/guardians listed on application

  • Recent pay stubs of jobs that all parents/guardians currently hold

  • All documentation that establishes how much miscellaneous monthly or yearly income the parent/guardian currently receives (i.e. welfare, food stamps, unemployment, workers’ compensation)

  • All corporate, partnership and trust tax forms, if a parent/guardian owns 20% or more interest in a corporation or partnership or if any member of the household owns 20% or more interest in a trust

Prior to beginning the application, we recommend that you click on the links below to familiarize yourself with TADS and the application process:

Family Welcome

Family Guide

TADS Workshop

IRS Form 4506-T

TADS Frequently Asked Questions

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After November 1, 2019, you can also access the Financial Aid application on the TADS website by clicking one of the buttons below:

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Should you require assistance with your TADS account, login, password, or missing documents, please contact TADS directly at 800-477-8237 or Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. CT to assist you.

Frequently asked questions

Who may apply for financial aid? How do I know if I qualify for financial aid?

Anyone applying for admission to Browning may apply for financial aid. Requests for tuition assistance should be indicated on the application for admission, so that we can send you any pertinent information. 

Due to the fact that every family’s financial situation is different, we cannot provide any guidelines that would assist you in determining your eligibility. 

How is financial aid determined? 

TADS provides a framework through which household need can be measured fairly and equitably. Recommendations from TADS are used by Browning’s financial aid committee in accordance with its policies to determine the award amount.

The committee uses the report generated by TADS as a guide to determine a family’s financial aid award. Additional factors such as the sources of income, savings, investments and assets as well as the number of children in tuition-charging schools are also taken into account.

Is there an application fee?

Browning does not charge an application fee to families applying for financial aid. TADS charges a $34 processing fee. Please call the Office of Admission at 212.838.0205 if you feel that this fee is a hardship, as you may qualify for a fee waiver based on your annual income. Please note that we may not be able to grant all fee waiver requests.

What expenses should we expect in addition to tuition?

Additional expenses include non-required trips (i.e. soccer camp, spring training, foreign travel), as well as Encore and after-school activities. However, families receiving tuition assistance will be asked to pay the same portion of these expenses that they pay towards their annual tuition. These fees are determined on an individual basis.

Are merit scholarships available? 

No, financial aid awards are based on demonstrated financial need.

If parents are divorced, separated or never married, who is required to submit financial information?

In order for the Financial Aid Committee to review an application for tuition assistance, we must have all pertinent information regarding a family’s true financial situation. Separated and divorced parents must each submit an application for financial aid in addition to all of the necessary supporting documents. The School is not bound by any divorce agreement specifying a parent’s responsibility for educational expenses or the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for educational expenses.

If either natural parent has remarried, we ask that step-parent to submit a separate application and supporting documentation as well. The same is expected of natural parents’ domestic partners and any non-custodial parents. If this information is not provided, the Financial Aid Committee will not grant an award to the student.

Please contact Kelly West or Janet Lien in The Office of Admission, or John Campbell in the Business Office, if you have a question about your individual family circumstances.

How does a non-earning spouse impact financial aid decisions?

It is our expectation that both parents contribute financially to their children’s education. However, there are circumstances such as caring for a disabled or elderly parent or a preschool child that might exempt a family from this policy. Each application and circumstance is evaluated on an individual basis. Please be sure to include any information regarding special circumstances in your TADS application so that we have a complete and accurate picture of your family’s situation.

Will my financial aid application impact the admission decision?

 No, admission decisions are made independently of financial need.

Is financial aid automatically renewed each year?

Current families receiving tuition assistance must apply each year, as grants are awarded on an annual basis. In general, families who receive financial aid in one year will continue to receive a similar award in the years thereafter, unless a significant change of circumstances is demonstrated. Sometimes, changes in a family’s circumstances, such as a significant increase in income, may indicate that they are no longer eligible to receive financial aid.

 When will we learn of the Financial Aid Committee’s decision?

Applicant Families: information regarding tuition assistance will be communicated at the same time that you are notified of the admission decision.

Current Families: financial aid award letters will be mailed along with re-enrollment contracts as the Financial Aid Committee approves requests. Applications submitted by current families are reviewed in the order they are received, so it is recommended that you submit your application and supporting documentation as soon as possible. 

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