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Please contact the admissions office for additional information or to schedule a visit.

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Meet the department

Diane Palazzo

Admissions Administrative Assistant

Melanie Parsons

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Peter Walsworth

Assistant Director of Admissions

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.


What does a completed PCD financial aid application consist of?

A copy of your most recent federal 1040 tax form and W2 wage statements. These forms should be submitted online to SSS through the following link:

Does PCD offer scholarships?

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.

If we apply on time, are accepted for admission, and qualify for financial aid, do we automatically pay the tuition for which we qualify?

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.

If we receive financial aid the first year, do we pay at the same level in subsequent years?

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.

If my child enrolls at PCD without financial aid, can we apply for financial aid in subsequent years?

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.

If parents are divorced, who must submit financial information in order to apply for financial aid?

PCD requires that both the custodial and the non-custodial parent (or both co-custodial parents) complete and submit a PFS form to SSS for review. Copies of both the PFS form and the most recent federal 1040 tax returns must be sent to SSS.