Affording Kew-Forest

Education costs can be daunting.  This is especially true at non-profit independent schools, like Kew-Forest, which receive no financial support from government or religious organizations.  Our small classes, expert teachers, and diverse extracurricular offerings can only exist with the support of tuition dollars, auxiliary programs, and charitable contributions.  We know the price tag is steep.  Our commitment to you is simple: every dollar we collect will be used to keep your children’s classes small and their schooling rich, vigorous, and thorough.

2020 - 2021 Tuition

Preschool (3-year-olds) / Pre-K (4-year-olds) Half-Day: $20,150
Preschool (3-year-olds) / Pre-K (4-year-olds) Full-Day:  $32,370
Kindergarten (5-year-olds) Full Day:  $32,370
Grades 1-5:  $35,980
Grades 6-8:  $39,240
Grades 9-12:  $41,750

International Fee:  $3,900

The above tuition includes hot daily lunch, snacks, student accident insurance, and all books.

Tuition Assistance

At Kew-Forest, we recognize that there are countless prospective families who will enrich our community, but who are unable to contribute full tuition.  That’s why 45 percent of students receive tuition assistance (TA).  The premise of TA is simple: we ask families to pay only what they can reasonably afford.  Independent school education requires financial sacrifices, but we do not expect or want families to bankrupt themselves paying tuition.
Kew-Forest uses the Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) system to process tuition assistance applications.  For details about the application process, please see the panel to the right.  

Tuition Assistance Application Instructions

Tuition assistance applications are separate from admission applications.  The application is annual, meaning families need to resubmit each year, as long as they are seeking assistance.  For priority consideration, please pay close attention to the deadlines:
2020-21 Tuition Assistance Deadlines

FAST application due (all families applying for TA):
February 1, 2020

2018 tax documents* (all families):
February 1, 2020

2019 tax documents* (new families):
February 6, 2020

2019 tax documents* (returning families):
February 23, 2020
*Required tax documents include W-2s, 1099s, and other income-reporting documents; 1040s and accompanying schedules; a signed (but not dated) 4506-T; and, for families who own businesses, business returns and schedules.  All tax documents should be submitted to FAST for verification.  Tax documents should not go directly to the school.
If your family includes both a new and returning student, please follow the deadlines for new students.
To begin your application, please visit FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) and create an account.  If you have difficulty accessing or navigating the application, please call FAST’s 24/7 help line: 877-326-FAST.  For other questions about tuition assistance, please call or email Brad Walters, Director of Enrollment Management (, 718-268-4667)

The Kew-Forest School

119-17 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 268-4667
The oldest independent school in the borough of Queens, The Kew-Forest School is an independent co-educational, college preparatory school for students in Preschool through Grade 12.