Affording Tower

An Investment in Education

For many families, an independent school education represents a significant investment in their children's future. We believe that Tower's unique educational philosophy, that stresses both critical and creative thinking, develops well-rounded children whose academic success is fueled by creative exploration and expression.

We encourage families to explore the value of a Tower education, regardless of their ability to afford the entire tuition. Our tuition assistance program helps to make a Tower education a reality for families across a wide economic range.

Our boys have grown so much during their time at Tower, not just in academics but also in character. They truly look forward to going to school each day, and that means so much to us. While at Tower, they learn from the best and are in an environment that seamlessly balances support, comfort and nurture with challenge and constant striving. They are confident in who they are, while always continuing to grow and develop.

- Meredith and Matt Carter

5th grade science

Tuition Assistance at Tower

41% of Tower students receive tuition assistance.

$1.8 million in tuition assistance was provided to families during the 2017-2018 school year.

Families of 98 students are expected to receive tuition assistance during the 2018-2019 school year.

Income & Average Tuition Assistance Awarded During the 2017-2018 School Year

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Apply for Tuition Assistance

Parents may begin the application process as early as November 1, 2018. All documents must be received by SSS on or before February 1, 2019, to be considered for March notification. Applications received after this time will be considered when complete.

1. Visit NAIS/SSS online, and complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS).
Tower School's Code for SSS is 7696.

2. Gather the following forms:
2018 W-2 forms for both parents, and
2018 Tax Return (include all schedules).

If your 2018 taxes are not complete, please use your 2017 return. Tuition assistance grants will be finalized when we receive your 2018 tax return.

The NAIS/SSS Customer Service Center welcomes questions from parents. Call 800.344.8328, Monday through Friday, from 9 am-8 pm, and Saturday, from 9 am-4 pm.

3. Mail copies of all forms to one of the following addresses:

USPS mail:
P.O. Box 449
Randolph, MA 02368

Overnight Mail:
SSS by NAIS, Application Processing Center
437 Turnpike Street
Canton, MA 02021

529 Plan Use for K-12 Independent School Tuition

Due to new 529 Plan legislation, families may withdraw up to $10,000 per student per year from a 529 plan to pay for K-12 tuition.

Families should consult with a financial advisor prior to taking advantage of the 2018 change to the Federal Tax Law.

Tuition Payment Options

Families may choose one of the following payment options:
Plan 1 Payment in full
Plan 2 Quarterly payments due on the first of June, September, December, and March
Plan 3 Ten monthly payments June-March

2018-2019 Tuition

Half-Day Pre-Kindergarten$19,000
Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten$24,000
Kindergarten-Grade 5$30,500
Grades 6-8$34,330

Tuition includes all of the following:

  • Chromebooks for every student in grades 3-8
  • all books, school supplies and curriculum materials
  • field trips and overnight trips
  • morning snack
  • athletics and athletic uniforms, drama
  • School bus transportation from Nahant, Lynn, Swampscott and Salem
  • yearbook each year

Contact Tower.

An independent school education is a significant investment in your child's future. We encourage all families to contact us to discuss opportunities.

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