Access and Affordability

Your investment in a Wheeler education for your family is among the most important decisions you will make.

The Wheeler Tuition Assistance Program

The Wheeler School makes tuition assistance considerations on the basis of financial assessments conducted by School and Student Services (SSS). Families confidentially submit documentation to SSS, and Wheeler’s Tuition Assistance Committee carefully reviews the organization’s recommendation before considering a Tuition Assistance package.

Your investment in a Wheeler education for your family is among the most important decisions you will make. We recognize the thought and time you devote to choosing the best education available, and through the enrollment process, it is our aim to build a school environment that is both accessible and affordable for everyone.

Our philosophy of access and affordability

As a welcoming, inclusive community, Wheeler embraces and celebrates the commonalities and differences of our school and the wider world. We believe that a meaningful, purposeful life includes learning from all people — all genders, ethnicities, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds. We know that the best standards of education — and our own school values — find that children build higher levels of empathy and achievement in a diverse environment.

Financial aid is available for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade based on need. To support families in making this investment, Wheeler’s Board of Trustees allocates a percentage of each year’s annual operating budget to providing tuition assistance. In addition, a legacy of alumni, parent and grandparent donors also make student tuition assistance a priority in their endowment and annual giving to the School, helping to ensure that children from all walks of life learn together. More than $4 million dollars of tuition assistance is awarded to 200+ students each year.

Returning families receiving aid can reasonably expect financial assistance each year assuming their financial profile remains the same. Applications for financial support must be completed by new and returning families every year by December 31 for the following school year. Late applications will be considered if there are remaining funds available. Awards are released only once all student accounts are current and in good standing with the business office.

Contact us for more information

We also invite you to speak with Meghan Kiley, our Associate Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid, to ask for any additional information or more detailed questions.

To download our complete list of tuition and fees click hereWhat is the Student Activity Fee? (see below or click here)

The Wheeler School 2020-21 School Year Fees

Nursery & Pre-Kindergarten ($150 Activity Fee)

  • $24,790 (includes 5 Day WOW AfterCare bundle)
  • $22,290 (until 3PM)
  • $18,540 (until 12PM)

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade ($300 Activity Fee)

  • $37,375 (includes 5 Day WOW AfterCare bundle)
  • $34,875

3rd – 5th Grade ($300 Activity Fee)

  • $38,425 (includes 5 Day WOW AfterCare bundle)
  • $35,925

6th – 12th Grade ($600 Activity Fee)

  • $39,415

The Hamilton School at Wheeler 2020-21 School Year Fees

1st-5th Grade

  • $55,085 (includes 5 Day WOW AfterCare bundle)
  • $52,585 (with $300 Activity Fee)

6th-8th Grade

  • $52,585 (with $600 Activity Fee)

Hamilton/Upper School Polaris Program for Gr. 9-12

  • $48,515 (with $600 Activity Fee)


Tuition and Fees 2020-21

Tuition and Fees 2020-21
Please download this chart to see all tuition and fees for 2020-21.

What is the Student Activity Fee?

The Wheeler Student Activity Fee was created in response to parent requests to combine various charges related to the yearbook, graduation, special supplies, field trips, and event fees into one annual account charge that varies by division. It has been the school’s aim to combine charges such as these into one annual billing as a convenience and something families can plan for each year. It differs based on division due to the varying activities (e.g. retreats, graduations, field trips, events). It also includes the $30 Parent Association fee which covers a variety of activities organized and run by parents including but not limited to, Celebration of Reading, Fall Fest, Faculty and Staff Appreciation, Unity & Diversity events, and Parent/Guardian socials. These fees are typically set when tuition is approved by the Board in the winter of the prior year, based on the costs of those activities. In this year’s case, that was last January, well before the planning began for a school year to come during a pandemic.

This year, the pandemic has inevitably changed a number of these regularly-scheduled events, so expenses will likely be reduced. While we are using activity fees this year for various COVID-related supplies and reinventing events for our students where we can, there will be inevitable savings. As a result of this, Wheeler will keep careful records of expenses taken from those lines and offer a credit towards next year’s activity fee based on what is actually spent this year. We will be able to apply this credit in the springtime as we assess this year’s spending. Please expect to hear from us in May as we take stock of the year. Thank you for your questions, your patience, and your understanding.

Begin the financial aid process

Visit the SSS website to begin the financial aid process by completing the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) for the 2020-21 school year. After completing the PFS you’ll need to upload your 2019 taxes and your 2020 W-2 forms to complete the application process.

Complete this online form to start the financial aid application process. **The SSS code number for The Wheeler School is 8170, entered into item Part B, “Student Applicant Information.”

Need help completing these forms?  Visit this page for more information.

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