Financial Aid

Emma Willard School offers aid to qualified students on the basis of the financial need of the family and the availability of funds. For the 2017-2018 academic year we awarded nearly $4.1 million in need-based grants to Emma girls and their families. It may surprise you to learn how affordable Emma’s quality education really is.

2017-2018 Profile

A profile of our financial aid program for 2017-2018 is below:

Dollars awarded $4,178,215
Students receiving aid 145
Percent of student body receiving aid 41%
Average award, boarding $28,815
Average award, day $17,059
All financial aid offered is in the form of a grant and does not need to be paid back. The amount each family receives varies considerably depending on a family’s financial circumstances. To apply for financial aid, please visit the SSS by NAIS website and submit your Parents Financial Statement (PFS) by February 1st (January 15th for returning families). The majority of our financial aid budget is offered to families who have submitted their PFS and required income tax documents by the aforementioned deadline. Our ability to provide grants to late applicants is dependent upon our budget.

Start the Conversation

No two families are alike financially, so we offer one-on-one counseling on how you can afford an Emma education for your daughter. Talk with us directly, and we would be happy to answer your questions.

Please contact:
Laura Bernard
Director of Business Services and Financial Aid


All scholarships granted by Emma Willard are awarded on the basis of financial need and the availability of funds. There are no merit based awards. Many of these awards are endowed, in full or in part, through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations.

Emma Willard School is proud to offer the following named scholarships. No additional application materials are necessary.

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  • Davis Scholars (for international students)

    Together with Emma Willard School, the Shelby Cullom Davis family has established a program for international students to attract highly motivated potential future leaders. Emma Willard School will grant up to five need-based boarding scholarships for 2017-2018.

    As a Davis Scholar financial support continues throughout the student’s college years, provided she attends one of the Davis Scholar colleges.
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