Affording RCS

The more wonderful families we attract to our community, the more enriching everyone’s experience will be.
Rippowam Cisqua School is committed to enrolling talented students who believe in the pursuit of high academic achievement and contributing meaningfully to the world. We actively seek out families representing a variety of cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to enhance learning outcomes and build a strong, vibrant community.

Investing in an independent school education requires careful financial planning, but we realize that the cost of tuition may be beyond the reach of many families. To make RCS more affordable, we strive to help families manage costs by offering an all-inclusive education and tuition assistance program. Removing financial barriers helps us live our mission to create independent thinkers, confident communicators, and engaged leaders.

Tuition Schedule

Additional Costs

To help you better understand the total cost of your investment, below are additional school fees, many of which are optional.

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Tuition Assistance and Management

Last year, we awarded $3 million to 25% of students.
We understand that affordability is different for everyone. Therefore, we partner with families to make RCS more accessible. Here’s how:

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  • All-inclusive tuition

    To minimize expenses, the annual tuition includes meals, school supplies, textbooks, trips, counseling services, and much more.

  • Grants

    Last year, we awarded $3 million to 25% of students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Tuition assistance grants range from just a few thousand dollars to significantly more. Grants are awarded based on demonstrated need each year and do not have to be repaid.

  • Interest-free payment plans

    Flexible, interest-free payment plans are available to assist with family budgeting.

Applying for Tuition Assistance

We encourage families who believe RCS to be a good fit for their child to apply for tuition assistance.

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  • How do I apply?

    To apply, RCS employs the services of FAST, an online financial assistance application program. All families, both new and returning, can access the application by using the FAST link on this page. Click HERE to learn more about using FAST and click HERE to start your application.
  • Who is eligible?

    Families with students in Junior PreKindergarten through Grade 9 are eligible for tuition assistance.
  • How is need determined?

    We determine need through a careful review of each family's financial circumstances. Income, assets, and debts – as well as a family’s size and cost of living – are all taken into account. We also take into account special circumstances and use fair and individual judgment in determining aid awards.
  • How do I apply for tuition assistance?

    Rippowam Cisqua School employs the services of FAST, an online tuition assistance application program. All families, both new and returning, must reapply each year to maintain their award.

    • Please click HERE for more information on using FAST.
    • To start your application, click HERE.
  • What type of assistance is available?

    • All tuition assistance is awarded as a grant against the annual tuition.
    • RCS does not offer merit-based scholarships or direct parent or student loans.
    • Tuition may be paid using one of our three flexible payment plans.
  • What is the deadline to apply?

    • January 15: All new applicants interested in tuition assistance must complete a school application.
    • February 1: Current and returning families’ must submit an application for tuition assistance along with their W-2’s and current tax returns via FAST.
  • What documents are required to apply?

    Please click HERE for information about required documents.
  • Who sees my financial information?

    Rippowam Cisqua School employs the services of FAST, an online tuition assistance application program, which confidentially reviews your documentation and forwards a financial aid recommendation to the financial aid committee to make final award decisions. The process is completely confidential. Neither teachers nor other parents know which students receive funding.
  • What is covered in my award?

    The cost of tuition includes all meals, snacks, school supplies, science labs, textbook rentals, athletic uniforms, activities, elective arts, and field trips. It also covers all overnight trips including the seventh grade trip to Philadelphia, the eighth grade trip to Washington, DC, and the ninth grade year-end trip.
  • What kind of award can I expect to receive?

    Our grants range from just a few thousand dollars to significantly more and are given to students from a variety of economic backgrounds. However, affordability is different for everyone and each family’s situation will be assessed carefully according to need.
  • When can I expect to receive a decision?

    You will receive your award decision along with your enrollment contract on or around February 23 (if your FAST application was submitted by the deadline).
  • What if my financial situation changes?

    If financial circumstances change dramatically, we do what we can to accommodate our families. As with all of our Tuition Assistance applicants, you must submit all the paperwork for review.
Lower Campus (PreK-Grade 4)
325 West Patent Road
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
phone: (914) 244-1200
Upper Campus (Grades 5-9)
439 Cantitoe Street 
Bedford, NY 10506
phone: (914) 244-1250
Rippowam Cisqua School is a PreK-Grade 9 independent day school in Westchester County, New York. RCS offers challenging academics built on innovation, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, wellness, leadership, service learning, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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