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.


Each year we award over $3MM dollars in tuition assistance.  
Additionally, we offer an installment payment plan to help families manage their monthly cash flow.

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  • TUITION ASSISTANCE - Description

    At Kew-Forest, we are committed to creating an inclusive community and to that end aim to ensure through our Tuition Assistance program to make our educational program accessible to academically qualified students regardless of their family's ability to afford the full tuition.  The premise of TA is simple: we ask families to pay only what they can reasonably afford after meeting their essential cost of living expenses.  
    To be considered for TA, an annual application must be submitted through Clarity. The Clarity application can take as little as 30 minutes to complete, is mobile-friendly, will not ask you redundant or irrelevant questions, and will even transfer tax documents directly from the IRS. You can complete it from anywhere, save your progress, and return at any time. At the end of the process, there is a one-time, per family fee of $60 to submit the application to as many schools as accept the Clarity application. Return to your Clarity dashboard upon submission of your application to check for additional documents required by each school and track your status.

    If you need assistance during the process of completing your application, there is in-app chat support available as well as email support at and telephone support at (206) 210-3752 in both English and Spanish. The application itself is available fully translated into Spanish.

    Please note that TA applications are separate from admission applications and must be completed concurrently. Notifications of acceptance will be released with a tuition assistance award included in the enrollment contract. Also, please be aware that families must resubmit an application each year for which they are seeking TA. Clarity will be helpful in that case as well as it will save your information year-over-year and give you a head-start each application cycle.

    To begin your application, please click on the links on this page or go to to create an account. Please refer to the useful links to the right for user guides and tips for completing the Clarity application.
  • TUITION ASSISTANCE - Requirements

    2024-2025 School Year
    Priority Admission
    (February and March Notifications)

    Clarity school code for Kew-Forest: 1918

    New applicants must submit their TA application along with their admission materials. The TA application deadline is January 1, 2024. Admission and TA decisions are released simultaneously. TA applications will not be considered once an offer of admission is made.

    Returning families must submit their applications by December 15, 2023.

    Required Documents:
    2022 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. You will be asked to complete IRS form 4506 in the Clarity application to authorize automatic transfer to Clarity from the IRS.
    For additional information on the TA process, please refer to the Tuition Assistance Overview.

    For questions about tuition assistance, please contact:

    Soraya Díaz Tamayo
    Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance

    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 (equivalent to 10% of the family contribution) 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, 2024 for a September 2024 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 partial payments with the first installment of 60% of the balance of the tuition, after the deposit is applied, 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, after the deposit is applied, is payable in eight (8) equal monthly installments. 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.

2024 - 2025 TUITION

Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten     $35,900
Grades 1-5     $39,900
Grades 6-8     $43,500
Grades 9-12     $46,300

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.

Click on the link above to begin your application.

School code: 1918

Refer to these helpful resources to guide you through the tuition assistance application process:

Contact Information

For questions about tuition and 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.