We believe that the cost of a PCD education should not be a deterrent to any family, regardless of income. We know that the published cost of tuition can make it seemingly impossible for many families to consider independent schools as an option, and we have worked hard to change that perception.
At the Providence Country Day School, we believe that the advantages of an independent school—especially those at PCD (small class size, individualized instruction, abundant opportunities for leadership in the classroom, arts, athletics, and the community), should be available to as many academically qualified students as possible. That is why financially qualifying families may be able to take advantage of financial aid, designed to increase access and give families the opportunity to pay according to their demonstrated need.
- What does a completed PCD financial aid application consist of?
- Does PCD offer scholarships?
- If we apply on time, are accepted for admission, and qualify for financial aid, do we automatically pay the tuition for which we qualify?
- If we receive financial aid the first year, do we pay at the same level in subsequent years?
- If my child enrolls at PCD without financial aid, can we apply for financial aid in subsequent years?
- If parents are divorced, who must submit financial information in order to apply for financial aid?
PCD offers need based financial aid, merit scholarships, as well as one or more "1923 Scholarships" each year for students entering grades 6 and 9. Your family’s unique financial circumstances—including factors such as income, assets, and the number of children enrolled in tuition-charging institutions—play an important role in determining if you qualify for financial aid.
No. Each year, despite PCD’s generous financial aid, the demand for reduced tuition exceeds available funds. The Tuition Committee determines which applicants receive financial aid based on the availability of funds and our enrollment needs. Each year the Committee places a small number of students on a financial aid waiting list.
Yes, assuming you still demonstrate financial need. All families who currently receive financial aid at PCD must file a new PFS with SSS by January 15 each year. PCD attempts to keep a family’s tuition at a similar level each year as long as no major changes have occurred in a family’s financial situation during the previous year.
You are welcome to apply. However, there is no guarantee that you will pay reduced tuition in subsequent years. In most situations, PCD makes every effort to respond to a family’s financial need, but it is unlikely that we will be able to meet your full need for several years due to budgeting restraints.