Admissions

Tuition & Affordability

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  • HOW TO MAKE AN FCDS EDUCATION

    ACCESSIBLE TO EVERY FAMILY
At FCDS, we believe that the cost of an independent school education should not be a deterrent for any prospective family.  We recognize that the cost of an FCDS education is a significant investment, so we offer need-based Tuition Assistance in the form of a financial aid grant.  
 
More than 30% of our student body receive tuition assistance or remission.  Almost $1.7 million is awarded annually with the average grant totaling $25,000.  To apply for Tuition Assistance, please complete an application via School and Student Services (SSS)
 
We make every attempt to consider the unique circumstances of each household when determining financial aid grants. If you have questions concerning your family’s eligibility for Tuition Assistance, please don’t hesitate to call the Admissions Office.
Email: admissions@fairfieldcountryday.org  |  Phone: 203-259-2723
Caroline Savage, Director of Enrollment
Farrell Gerges, Associate Director of Enrollment

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Does applying for an award have an impact on my admission decision?

    Unfortunately, our tuition assistance budget is not limitless. Though award decisions and Admissions decisions are made by separate committees, we cannot tout need-blind admission. It’s for this reason that we encourage families who intend to apply for aid to submit their application as early as possible.
  • Q. How will FCDS assess my family’s financial needs?

    To determine a family’s financial need, FCD uses School and Student Services (SSS), a division of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), to help compute the financial complexities inherent in the cost of living in Fairfield County and other financial circumstances unique to each family.
  • Q. What information does the application require?

    The SSS application consists of two parts. The first part is the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) to compute your expenditures and expenses. The second part provides space to upload your IRS tax and W2 forms to verify your income.  All awards are distributed by the Business Office at FCDS. For more information directly from SSS, call 800-344-8328 or visit their web site at: www.sssbynais.org.
  • Q. What is the timing of the tuition assistance process?

    Your SSS application shares the same priority deadline as your admission application. We distribute admission decision letters together with applicable tuition assistance awards.  Of course, if your family starts the admissions process after our priority deadline, we will work with you to try to get your application reviewed on a timely basis.
  • Q. What if our family is separated or I am a single parent?

    Our students come from a variety of family structures. Each family’s situation is considered on an individual basis. In cases of divorce or separation, both the custodial parent and the non-custodial parent are required to provide financial information to qualify for Tuition Assistance.
  • Q. What about tuition refunds?

    Your family is enrolled in a Tuition Refund Plan when you enroll your son at FCDS. If your son withdraws after the school year is underway, the Tuition Refund Plan will pay benefits (subject to the terms of the policy and the amount insured) to the school, which provides substantial assistance in meeting your financial obligation.
  • Q. Will my son’s award change from year to year?

    You will be required to complete the application process every year.  Awards will remain approximately the same percentage of tuition each year as long as your family’s financial situation remains constant.
  • Q. Will our family have to pay back an award?

    Never. A family’s award from FCDS is considered a grant. Our institution does not issue loans.

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  • 2022-2023

    FCDS Tuition

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  • $33,700

    Kindergarten
  • $41,700

    Grade 1
  • $42,700

    Grades 2 - 3
  • $44,700

    Grades 4-5
  • $46,700

    Grades 6-8
  • $47,200

    Grade 9
Fees include tuition, books, lunch, sports, drama, laptops, technology equipment, other activities, and tuition refund and accident insurance. Charges for field trips, personal athletic equipment, after school and other incidentals are billed separately during the year.
Fairfield Country Day School (FCDS) is a private, all-boys day school in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Founded in 1936 by Laurence W. Gregory, the school has admitted only boys since its inception. As per our mission: Fairfield Country Day School provides an educational community dedicated to the development of impactful young leaders of character and purpose; ready to face the everyday challenges and pivotal turning points of their lifetime with confidence, courage and compassion. Its balanced and challenging program is designed to help each student expand his desire and ability to acquire knowledge, capture his imagination, stimulate his curiosity and creativity, and enhance his self-esteem and respect for others. Each boy’s individual growth is encouraged in an environment that anticipates the future while appreciating the past.

FCDS admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

FCDS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status.