Tuition and Value

Need-Based Financial Aid

Need-Based Financial Aid

At Nichols, our community is a tapestry of religions, genders and cultures, as well as economic situations. We seek a student body that represents a wide range of experiences and we encourage our students to gain a broader perspective by learning about others’ backgrounds and interests. The goal of our financial aid program is to close the gap between the total cost of a Nichols education and what a family can afford.

We encourage families with concerns about affording a Nichols education to apply for financial aid. For our Upper School families, please also consider our need-based Named Scholarship Program. To learn about our online financial aid service, School and Student Service (SSS), our Policy and Guidelines, How to Apply, and our Named Scholarship program, please see below.

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  • About SSS

    School and Student Service (SSS), part of Community Brands, is a division of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and used by more than 2,400 private schools and other organizations to help determine a family's ability to pay school costs. The service and process helps ensure that schools use objective procedures to evaluate your financial aid application.

    SSS does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give. SSS provides the school with a report, which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from SSS is kept confidential.
  • Policies and Guidelines

    As with all independent schools, Nichols believes that paying for an independent school education is primarily a family's responsibility. Need-based financial aid is provided as a supplement to the family's contribution. The Financial Aid Committee seeks evidence that a family's commitment to their child's education is at least as strong as the school's. Decisions are influenced by various factors each year, including the availability of school resources, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints.

    Financial aid awards vary widely to address the needs of families in different financial circumstances.
  • How to Apply


    Online Application available October 1. If you wish to be considered for financial aid, you must apply online at SSS after October 1. Click here for SSS application.


    Verification Documents: Please collect your recent tax documents (Federal and State), W2s and any other proof of income and upload them directly to your application in "My Documents." Please DO NOT send them to the School.


    • All financial aid applications for RETURNING families must be completed by December 1.
    • All financial aid applications for NEW families must be completed by December 15.
    • Note: Nichols will not grant a financial aid award until a candidate has completed BOTH their admissions application and financial aid application.
      For more information regarding our financial aid process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website.
    • Named Scholarship Program

      Named Scholarships are funds established by alumni and friends to support our financial aid program. For a complete list of named scholarships, please click here.

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