Admissions

Affording RCS

Make an investment that has the power to make a difference in your child's future.
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.

Tuition Schedule

The annual tuition includes meals, school supplies, textbooks, day and overnight school trips, athletic uniforms, wellness and counseling services, science labs and elective arts, and computer access.  Families may also take advantage of our uniform swap and borrow sporting equipment from the Athletics office.

Additional Costs

RCS works hard to include many of day-to-day expenses in the annual tuition. To help you better understand the total cost of your investment, below are additional school fees, many of which are optional or subject to a waiver if applying for tuition assistance.

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Tuition Assistance and Management

Last year, we awarded $3 million to 25% of students.


Affordability is different for everyone. We partner with families to make RCS accessible to every family.

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  • All-Inclusive Tuition

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

  • Interest-Free Payment Plans

    Flexible, interest-free payment plans are available to assist with family budgeting. Families select a payment plan for the school year when they submit their enrollment or re-enrollment contract.


  • Tuition Assistance Grants


    Last year, we awarded $3 million to 35% 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.

    Click HERE to apply for tuition assistance.


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. New and returning families can access the application HERE. Click HERE to learn more about using FAST.


  • Who is eligible for tuition assistance?


    All 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, debts, family 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?



    All new applicants interested in tuition assistance must also complete an admissions application in conjunction with the tuition assistance application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Priority applications are due by January 15.

    Current and returning families’ must submit the tuition assistance application along with their W-2’s and current tax returns via FAST by February 1.
     
  • What documents are required to apply?


    Please click
    HERE for information about the 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 lunch, snacks, school supplies, science labs, textbooks, athletic uniforms, elective arts, day and overnight field trips, wellness and counseling services, computer and iPad access, school uniform swap, and athletic equipment (as available).  

  • What kind of award can I expect to receive?


    Grants range from just a few thousand dollars to significantly more. Grants are given to students from a variety of economic backgrounds and do not have to be repaid. E
    ach 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. Applications submitted by the priority deadline of January 15 will receive a notification early to mid-February. Applications submitted after January 15 will be notified on a rolling basis.

  • What if my financial situation changes?


    Tuition assistance applications must be submitted for review each year. If your family's financial circumstances change dramatically, we will do what we can to accommodate families.


     
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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