Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Below you will find all the information on our financial aid program, including deadlines and a few frequently asked questions. Please call or email us at with any additional questions; we are here to help.

Our Financial Aid Policy

Holderness understands that not every family can afford the cost of an independent school education. Therefore, Holderness offers financial aid opportunities for qualified students. Approximately one–third of Holderness School students receive financial aid, totaling more than $3.5 million in awards annually.

An education from Holderness School is an investment in a child’s future. As such, it is our expectation that each family will contribute to the extent they are able, and, if qualified, with the help of a financial aid grant from available funds, make Holderness School a part of their child’s future.

Holderness School uses a nationally standardized system for financial aid offered by School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). Each family completes a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and submits it to SSS online at Upon your request, the PFS is sent to Holderness School (School Code: 3946). Financial documents required for submission to SSS will be handled with the utmost level of privacy.

The financial aid committee determines financial aid grants for admitted students based on a family’s demonstrated financial need. Although Holderness benefits from a robust financial aid budget, there is no guarantee that the full amount for which a family qualifies will be granted.

Any family with an “estimated family contribution” (assessed by SSS) less than the tuition charges for the year is eligible to receive a financial aid grant.


January 15

  • Submit Parent Financial Statement (PFS) form for returning students

February 1

  • Submit applications for admission.
  • Submit completed PFS online:, designating Holderness School as a recipient (School Code: 3946).
  • Business/Farm Owners – Submit completed SSS Business/Farm Statement:

February 15

March 10

  • Financial aid decisions are mailed to the families of newly admitted students.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

Tuition for 2020-21

These fees include all expenses except for books, laundry, medical insurance, and certain costs associated with our snow sports programs.
  • Boarding Students $68,050.00 (includes a $6,805.00 non-refundable deposit)
  • Day Students $45,360.00 (includes a $4,536.00 non-refundable deposit)

Additional Fees

Student Account Deposit:
A student account deposit is required to cover on-campus, school related expenses that are not included in the tuition rate such as purchases at the school store and snack bar. Prescriptions, off-campus infirmary care, school sponsored weekend activities, and travel to/from school via school scheduled transportation will also be charged to a student's account.
  • Domestic Boarding $400.00
  • Domestic Day $300.00
  • Canadian Boarding $600.00 for the first year; $400.00 for consecutive years
  • International Boarding $1500.00
International Student Fees:
Snow Sports Program Fees:
  • Students who intend to ski or snowboard will be charged additional fees. Please click here to view the fees for the various programs.
Holderness Academic Support Fees:
  • Holderness School partners with Knower Academics to provide academic support to student who request extra help. Please find information about their programs and fees here.
Tuition Refund Insurance Plan:
Smart Tuition:
  • Holderness School uses Smart Tuition for online account access, tuition and fee invoicing, and payment processing.

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Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness, NH 03245

MAIL P.O. Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
PHONE (603) 536-1257