Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition 2019-2020

Grades 6-8 Tuition        $40,665
Grades 9-12 Tuition $43,130

Tuition includes fees for textbooks, lab fees, art materials, student ID cards, and grade-sponsored field trips.

Activity & Insurance fees are $325 for Grade 6-8, $190 for Grades 9-11 and $490 for Grade 12.

Tuition is payable in two installments due July 1 and December 1 or via a commercial monthly payment plan. All other payment arrangements must be approved by the Business Manager.

Financial Aid

Our financial aid ensures that student can participate in all school-sponsored academic, athletic and social activities, thus ensuring that every facet of school life is open to every student.

Parents of applicants who are interested in financial aid should check the appropriate box on their Application for Admission. In addition, all Burke Financial Aid applications should complete the following:

1. The TADS Application. We use a third party vendor called TADS to help us process financial aid applications. Both parents should also submit copies of their 2018 W2 and 1040 forms. TADS provides information on their website about completing the TADS application.

Financial aid grants are not connected to admissions decisions and are based solely on financial need and availability of funds. Please note that most financial aid dollars are awarded in the first round of admission, so we strongly encourage you to apply by the January deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What kind of financial aid is available at Burke?

    Burke offers only need-based financial aid. Our Financial Aid program reflects the school’s mission for socio-economic diversity by offering need-based aid to families who otherwise would not be able to attend Burke. Our financial aid also allows students to participate in all school-sponsored academic, athletic and social activities, thus ensuring that all activities are open to every student.
  • What is the typical profile of a family that receives financial aid?

    There is no typical profile for families receiving aid. Our families come from a variety of backgrounds and families of all sizes and many income levels apply for and receive financial aid.
  • How do I apply for financial aid?

    We use TADS (a third party financial aid assessment tool), to help us process financial aid applications. Parents can visit our website for the link or go directly to TADS at to create an account and begin the application. Once a family is awarded financial aid they can expect their aid to continue each year so long as they demonstrate similar need and the funds are available. All families receiving financial aid must reapply for consideration each year.
  • Will applying for aid affect my child’s chances of being accepted?

    The admissions process at Burke is need-blind. Admission and financial aid decisions are made by different committees at different points in the process. Financial aid decisions are only made after a student has met the criteria for admission. However, because we often admit more students who require aid than we are able to fund, some admitted students do not always receive aid even if they qualify.
  • How much aid can I expect to receive?

    Financial aid is awarded based on demonstrated need and availability of funds. 
    The financial aid application takes into account income, assets, and debt of families, as well as family size and cost of living. We cannot accurately predict exactly how much financial aid a family will receive before we review all of the required information.

    Financial aid is not guaranteed to any student. We often admit more students that require aid than we are able to fund. We maintain a financial aid waiting list for students we are not immediately able to fund. As funds become available, they are reallocated to families on the financial aid wait list. However, some admitted students do not receive aid even if they qualify.
  • If we enrolled without aid, can we apply for aid in the future?

    Sometimes circumstances change that impact a family’s ability to pay full tuition. If this should occur, we encourage an application for aid. We cannot guarantee to meet all requests.
  • What happens when parents are separated, divorced or never married?

    We believe that it is the responsibility of all parents to pay tuition for their child’s education. Financial aid is limited, and available for families whose resources are not adequate to cover the total cost of education. To ensure that we have an understanding of the student’s full support system, we require financial information from the student’s biological or legal parents and their spouses or partners.

    In situations where a prospective student’s  parents live in different households, we ask that each household complete their own TADS application, including information about income and expenses as well as other dependents in the households. In certain rare circumstances, we waive the requirement for information from both parents. Families are welcome to bring further questions about this policy to the Director of Financial Aid.


Other Aid Resources

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  • Additional Funding Sources and Programs

    Financial assistance and scholarships are also available to Burke students from a variety of outside organizations.

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