Affording PCD

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Red and Black Scholarships

Providence Country Day School scholarships are awarded to middle and upper school students in recognition of their academic achievement, commitment to extracurricular and community service activities, leadership, and potential to be a strong PCD community member.

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  • 1923 Scholarship

    The 1923 Scholarship is awarded to a limited number of students applying for admission to either grade five, grade six, or grade nine. A 1923 Scholar candidate demonstrates consistent academic excellence, strong character, commitment to extracurricular, club, and/or community service activities, and a capacity to contribute as an engaged citizen at The Providence Country Day School. Candidates will demonstrate commitment to academic achievement and excellence as reflected in classroom grades, teacher comments, and the student application essay. To ensure a fair process, the children of PCD administration, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees are not eligible for the 1923 Scholarships.

    How to Apply
    1. Apply for PCD admission by February 1.
    2. Submit a 1923 Scholar Nomination Form by February 1 (available here).
    3. Submit the Scholar Project by February 1 to

    Scholar Project
    Demonstrate, through the medium of your choice, how one of PCD’s core values expresses who you are. The core values are: Commitment and Participation, Diversity, Hard Work, Honesty, Intellectual Curiosity, Respect, and Teamwork. Written submissions should not exceed 300 words. Audio and video submissions should not exceed three minutes. Portfolios should not exceed ten pages.
  • 1991 Scholarship

    The 1991 Scholarship is awarded to female students in recognition of PCD's commitment to co-education since 1991. A qualified candidate will demonstrate significant leadership potential, as well as achievement in one or more of the following areas: academics, arts, extracurriculars, and citizenship.

    How to Apply
    1. Apply for PCD admission by February 1.
    2. Respond to the following essay prompt: How have you used your voice to change the game? Responses should not exceed 300 words. Please submit your responses to to
  • Core Values Scholarship

    The Core Values Scholarship is awarded to new students whose applications reflect excellence and commitment in one or more of PCD's core values: Commitment & Participation, Diversity, Hard Work, Honesty, Intellectual Curiosity, Respect, and Team Work. All applicants are automatically considered for this award.
  • Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships

    Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships are awarded to students in each category who best display the qualities of a PCD student and whose artistic, musical, or theatrical talents would enrich our school community.

    How to Apply
    1. Apply for PCD admission by February 1.
    2. Submit a letter of recommendation from an Art, Music, or Drama director, teacher, instructor, or conductor. Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to Melanie Parsons, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, at
    3. Visual Arts applicants: Submit digital photographs of 5-7 pieces of original artwork.
    4. Music applicants: Submit a musical sample of a piece of your choice (vocal or instrumental) not to exceed three minutes.
    5. Theater applicants: Submit a resume of performance experience. Videos or highlight clips are welcome, but not required.
    All submissions should be emailed to

Scholarship Renewal Criteria

Scholarships are renewable each year through graduation. Recipients do not need to reapply, provided they have met all the academic, citizenship, and participatory requirements as follows:
  1. Upper School: academic honors for year-end grades.
    Middle School: academic citizenship honor roll for the year.
  2. Fulfilled the after-school participation requirement.
  3. Upper School recipients have completed 15 hours of community service during the academic year.
Academic scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000 of the tuition in the award year. Students may qualify for need-based financial assistance in addition to a merit award. Notification will be included in an offer of enrollment at the end of February.

Applying for Financial Aid

The steps below explain how to apply for Financial Aid at Providence Country Day School. If you have questions or would like guidance through this process, please email Melanie Parsons or call 401-438-5170 x105.

PCD partners with School and Student Services (SSS) in determining a family’s financial aid. To begin your application, you will need to complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). New applicants should submit their initial PFS and 2021 W2s and 1040 tax forms (all schedules) by December 31, 2022. Returning families must submit their PFS and tax documents by December 1, 2022. Both new and returning families should submit 2022 tax documents as they become available.

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  • Completing the PFS Online

    • Starting on October 1, go to Click the “Apply Now” button to enter PFS Online.
    • If you are applying for financial aid for the first time, you must create a PFS Online account with your email address and a password.
    • If you applied for financial aid to any school through SSS last year, login as a Returning Family using the email address and password you set up last year.
    • Begin a PFS for the 2022–2023 academic year. You may want to download the PFS Online Workbook and refer to on-screen help for guidance. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time and return later to complete it.
    • Be sure to include our school code, 5926.
    • After you have pressed "Submit," you will be brought to a payment screen. The application fee is nonrefundable and is paid directly to SSS.
    • You only need to complete one PFS, even if you have multiple children applying for financial aid.
  • Additional Required Documents

    • 2021 federal 1040 tax form with all filed schedules, attachments, and W2 wage statement(s)
    • 2022 federal 1040 tax form with all filed schedules, attachments, and W2 wage statement(s)
    Recognizing that your 2022 tax documents will not be available by the December 31 deadline, the Admissions Office will make a preliminary determination based on your 2021 tax information received by the application deadline. Any offer of financial assistance will not be finalized until we receive your 2022 tax information.
  • Submitting Additional Documents

    • All required forms must be submitted directly to SSS.
    • Approximately 24 hours after you pay for and submit your PFS, you will have access on PFS Online to the “Manage Documents” section of SSS. You should upload additional documents here.
    • Make sure to remove password protection from your tax documents before uploading to SSS.
    • It will take a couple of days for SSS to make uploaded documents available to PCD.
  • Notification of the Financial Aid Decision

    We will communicate our financial aid decision to you directly. To make our decision, we use the information from the PFS as a starting point. We also consider our school policies and practices, as well as the budget we have available.
  • Note for Divorced/Separated Parents

    If you are separated or divorced, both parents are required to complete and file a PFS form.

Tuition & Fees

PCD announced a major tuition reduction—called a tuition reset—for the fall of 2021. After listening carefully to the concerns of PCD parents and as a direct response to the skyrocketing tuitions of private education, we thought it was time to take a different path.

Why the big change? Learn more about PCD's tuition reset here.

Please also note: tuition has been FROZEN for the 2022-2023 school year!

Tuition Including Meal Plan

Grades 5-8
Grades 9-12

*Single Full Payment

HBS Tuition

Pre-K Full-Time
Pre-K Part-Time (age 3 only)
Grades 1-5

*Single Full Payment

Payment Plans

PCD offers three different tuition payment plans.
  • PCD Single Full Payment Plan: Due in full by July 31
  • PCD Monthly Installment Plan: 12 payments due on the last business day of each month beginning on May 31 ($300 Payment Plan Fee)
  • 50/50 Payment Plan: two equal payments due by June 30 and November 30 ($300 Payment Plan Fee)

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  • Middle School Field Trip Fees

    • Grades 5, 6, and 7: $500
    • Grade 8: $550
  • Other Fees and Charges

    • New student enrollment fee: $500 (nonrefundable)
    • Books: $200–$500 (estimate)
    • The Learning Center fee: Variable; for users only
    • Athletic fee: variable (covers off campus facility rentals for tennis, ice hockey, golf, sailing and swimming)

Contact Us for More Information

Please call 401-438-5170 x137 to speak with an admissions representative to discuss how you can afford a PCD education.

Please note: Tuition Refund Insurance (approximately 1.35% of total tuition amount) is required for all first-year students, families on monthly and 50/50 payment plans, and families paying a reduced tuition based on financial aid regardless of payment plan chosen. For those families receiving financial aid, the premium is based on the total amount of full tuition and not the amount of financial aid. Click here for more information.