An independent school education, with its high-level of personalization, small classes, high expectations, and focus on college preparation, is a significant investment in your child's future. The Gunston School understands that affording such an education is a concern for all families, regardless of income. Our Board of Trustees is committed to making Gunston education affordable for any motivated and talented students who meet our admissions criteria. Year after year, Gunston works to the best of its ability to meet the financial needs of each family through our generous financial aid program. Our hope is that every applicant that is accepted to Gunston can attend.
Need-Based Financial Aid
All families who are interested in financial aid are encouraged to apply. Gunston's financial aid awards are need-based grants, which result in reduced tuition for its recipients. Admission to Gunston is not dependent upon a family's ability to pay full tuition. Once students are admitted, the Financial Aid Committee meets to review the financial aid application and determines the amount of each grant. If a family qualifies for financial aid, award amounts will be included with a family's letter of acceptance. Therefore, it is best for financial aid applications to be submitted at https://www.solutionsbysss.com at the time of, or shortly after submission of the application for admission to Gunston. But please keep in mind the deadlines listed below.
Financial aid awards are only for one academic year, so families must reapply each year. Adjustments to an award can occur because of a change in a family's financial situation. However, barring such a change, Gunston is committed to providing aid during the child's entire time at school.
Apply for need-based financial aid at https://www.solutionsbysss.com. Be sure to enter Gunston's school code (3634) as a recipient of the generated financial report.
Deadlines for financial aid applications:
Families new to Gunston:
"Early Decision" applicants - Jan 7
"Regular Decision" applicants - Feb 10
"Rolling Decision" applicants (applicants after Feb 10) - concurrent with application for admission
Returning Gunston families:
Gunston's Merit Scholarship Competition is open to any 8th grade student who is applying to the school for the following academic year. The scholarship is earned by superior achievement on the SSAT and on Gunston's Merit Exam, which contains sections in English and mathematics. In recent years, an average of two incoming freshman have had the opportunity to earn this scholarship; the value of which is equal to between 25-50% of the student's 9th grade tuition. The dates for the SSAT (must be taken by the February test date) and the Merit exam are posted on the Admissions page on Gunston's website. Students must have a Gunston application submitted by February 1st in order to be considered for one of the Merit Scholarships.
Full tuition for the 2020-2021 school year is $26,260 (includes tuition and lunch).
Additional costs include:
- Books: approximately $400-$600
- Bay Studies Fee: $400
- Bus Transportation: TBD available from Annapolis, Arnold, Centreville, Chestertown, Church Hill, Easton, Galena, Kent Island, Queenstown, Dover and Middletown, DE
Tuition Payment Plans
A 10% deposit is due with the contract. TGS offers the following interest-free payment options with Smart Tuition:
Option One: Interest-free monthly payments
All payments will be completed by February of the following year.
- 12-month plan begins in March 2020
- 11-month plan begins in April 2020
- 10-month plan begins in May 2020
- Tuition Protection Plan is required.
Option Two: 60/40 Payment Plan
This plan consists of 2 payments per year.
- 60% of the balance is due August 1
- the remaining balance is due January 1
- Tuition Protection Plan is required.
Option Three: Payment in full
- After the deposit, the remaining balance is due August 1
- The Tuition Protection Plan is optional
Tuition Protection Plan
The Tuition Protection Plan is a cost of 3.1% of the net tuition amount.
Gunston also has information on loan programs available through various sources. Contact David Henry, Director of Admission for details.