Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Calendar

The Financial Aid Committee will accept applications for financial aid any time prior to the beginning of the Kildonan academic year or Camp Dunnabeck summer session. Understand, however, that most of the financial aid available is awarded early, so the sooner the forms are completed and information is sent in, the better.

How do I apply for financial aid?

The Kildonan School uses the School and Student Services (SSS) of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to collect basic financial information on income, assets, family size, and the number of siblings in tuition-charging schools. A need analysis report is prepared by SSS which suggests the amount families can contribute for educational costs. Since not all families’ financial circumstances are equal, the Financial Aid Committee uses the SSS evaluation as a starting point for financial aid.

  • The Kildonan School SSS Code # is 4382

Visit the following links to start your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS):

Divorced or Separated Parents

In considering applications for financial assistance, the matter of divorce or separation of parents is a difficult one. The school will consider the assets of both natural parents, if living, before making any award, and cannot be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility of educational expense. If either parent has remarried, we will also consider the assets of the stepparent, always bearing in mind the obligation of that stepparent to his or her own natural children.

If the parents are divorced or separated, It is necessary that both natural parents and their current spouses, if any, fill out the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). The information provided will be kept in strictest confidence. It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to ask the noncustodial parent to fill out a PFS. If this information is not provided, the Financial Aid Committee will be unable to consider awarding a grant to the student. An extra form for the noncustodial parent may be obtained from the Admissions Office. Once the family’s contribution is determined, the Committee will award a grant if funds are available.

Will my financial aid stay the same each year?

The amount you can reasonably contribute toward meeting the cost of a Kildonan education is reviewed annually. Your contribution may increase, decrease or remain the same depending on the change in your financial circumstances from year to year. The amount of financial aid awarded will also be based on the number of families requesting assistance and on the availability of funds allotted for financial aid.

We understand the many sacrifices families and extended families must make when they decide on an independent school education for their child. While the primary financial responsibility of tuition rests in your hands, we are committed to helping families afford a Kildonan education.

Our financial aid funds come directly from our Annual Fund appeal and private donations; we do not receive federal or state funding. We offer financial aid awards in the form of grants that do not need to be repaid. Our budget is limited and we seek to distribute grants to students based on need. Awards are made on a first come, first served basis. If you are in due process or considering due process with your school district, please contact the Admissions office directly before continuing with the financial aid process. Families who are in due process with their school district will not be awarded financial aid until the district reaches a settlement agreement with the family.

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Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at 845-373-2012 at any time during the financial aid application process.

The Kildonan School/Camp Dunnabeck does not and will not discriminate against applicants or students on the basis of physical handicap, race, sex, sexual orientation, creed or national origin. This policy applies, but is not limited to admissions, financial aid, use of school facilities and participation in all school activities.