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.  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.

2022 - 2023 Tuition

Preschool/Pre-K: Half-Day     $21,500
Preschool, Pre-K, Kinder: Full-Day     $34,500
Grades 1-5     $38,300
Grades 6-8     $41,800
Grades 9-12     $44,500

Tuition includes the costs of hot daily lunch, snacks, student accident insurance, and all books.

International Student Fee:  $3,900
This annual fee is assessed of students in grades 6-12 who require any of the additional oversight and services provided to international students as determined by the School, including but not limited to student visa, homestay, and language learning support.

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 over $3.3 million dollars are awarded each school year.  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 TA applications. TA applications are separate from admission applications and must be completed annually; families need to resubmit each year for which they are seeking assistance.

To begin your application, please visit Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) to create an account and upload documents. There is a $48 application fee. If you have difficulty accessing or navigating the application, please call the FAST 24/7 helpline at 877-326-FAST.  

Tuition Payment Plans

Kew-Forest offers three tuition payment plans to help families manage this expense. All families, new and returning, are asked to secure their child's enrollment by signing an enrollment contract and paying a non-refundable enrollment deposit applied toward the full tuition amount. Parents select a payment plan with their enrollment contract. Payment plan options are as follows beginning in June of the year of entry (i.e. June 15, 2022 for a September 2022 entry): 

Option A:
One payment in full of the balance of the tuition, after the deposit is applied, due on or before June 15.

Option B:*
Two payments made via automatic bank draft through the FACTS program, with the first installment of 60% of the balance of the tuition due on or before June 15, and the second installment of the remaining 40% due on or before November 15.

Option C:*
The balance of the tuition is payable in eight (8) equal monthly installments deducted via automatic bank draft through the FACTS program. The first installment is due on or before June 15, with the last installment due in January.

*Installment and credit card payments incur additional service charges.

Tuition Assistance Application Deadlines

2023-2024 School Year
Priority Admission - New Applicants

New applicants must submit their TA application between November 1, 2022 and January 1, 2023.

Returning families must submit their applications between November 1, 2022 and December 1, 2022.

Required Documents:
2021 Tax Documents *
2020 Tax Documents*
Bank Statements (for all accounts)
Mortgage Statements (if applicable)
Single Parent Supplement (if applicable)
Third-Party Verification (if applicable)

*Required tax documents include W-2s, 1099s, and other income-reporting documents; 1040s and accompanying schedules; and, for families who own businesses, business returns and schedules.
For questions about tuition assistance, please contact:

Soraya Díaz Tamayo
Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance

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.