Frequently Asked Questions About The Sage School
Why do you have Flexible Tuition instead of financial aid?
The Sage School is committed to making the school as open to as many families as we reasonably can. That means, on our end, we have sought to keep tuition low, we have sought to keep overhead low, and we have worked to develop a significant portion of our budget towards accessibility. Flexible Tuition fits more with the philosophy of the school. It allows us to serve people of various means and for those people to pay what is reasonable for their specific financial bracket. It doesn’t create a set of people who receive ‘aid’ who are pitted against those who don’t. Instead, it creates a community where everyone contributes an amount that fits within their means.
How do I apply for Flexible Tuition?
There is a simple application available on this page: https://thesageschool.org/home/inquiring-families/financials/. The form is due by March 1 of each application year and must be filled out entirely and submitted by that date. If you apply to the school after that date, you can still apply via the same form, but it may be more challenging for the school to meet more needs beyond the March timeframe. There is also a calculator on the same webpage to give you a rough idea of what your tuition may be for the year. This, we find, is a helpful tool to give you a range of possible tuitions so you can begin to see what is realistic, although the range is no guarantee of an actual award amount.
Are there merit scholarships?
All Flexible Tuition is based on family need and capacity to pay. No merit scholarships are offered at Sage.
If I cannot pay any tuition, is that possible? Does everyone pay less than full tuition?
Every family pays some tuition at The Sage School. A full 50% of our student body is paying less than the top tuition range, as we believe in the importance of creating a student body with diverse backgrounds and experiences. There are often more needs than we can reasonably meet but we do our best to ‘top off as many cups’ as we can. However, some applicants demonstrate a capacity to pay the maximum tuition range we offer. We do not, as a result, guarantee support to every applicant.
Why do you no longer use SSS to determine tuition rates?
We found the SSS system to be cumbersome for some families. Our current system is a simplified version which should be more accessible to a wider range of families. By designing our own system, we are also able to make it free to apply, and have removed the fee system attached to the application.
How is the information from my application handled?
Every year, the Tuition Committee (made up of the Head of School, the Head of Admissions, and other staff members) will review all of the applications and seek to balance the demands of all of the families with the capacity of the school to meet those needs.
Will the tuition I pay remain the same every year?
No. Families must update their financial information every year (unless they are not applying for Flexible Tuition). Family situations change every year, as does the school’s economic profile. Every year, a new calculation will be created for each family.
How will I be notified of my tuition?
The school will send each family a letter in April or May notifying them of their tuition for the coming year.