• Rolling Admissions

2019-20 Tuition & Fees

Affordable tuition to Besant Hill School’s unique boarding school experience is important to our admissions team. Below you’ll find helpful materials and links as well as information about:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Financial aid
  • Important financial aid deadlines

If you have questions about the information below or about our admission process, please browse our website or contact our admissions office. You can reach us by email or by calling 805-646-4343 ext.111.

Domestic Boarding Tuition$51,510
International Boarding Tuition$58,140
Day Tuition$23,900
Required Fees*$3,400
Instructional Support$9,500/$7,500/$5,500
New Student Fee$600
Commencement Fee$300
*Required fees include books, transportation for school activities, technology fees, science lab fees, and health center fees.

Financial Aid

Besant Hill School is committed to working with applicants to make our unique school affordable to a wide range of socio-economically diverse families. Awards are calculated based upon the information provided through the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) system, the expected cost of attendance and estimated family contribution for the upcoming academic year. All financial aid awards are grants that do not need to be repaid and are made possible through the generous support of school alumni, parents, and friends. This year, over $500,000 was awarded to nearly one-fifth of the student population.

Families granted an award in their first year can plan to be granted a similar award in subsequent years provided there has not been a dramatic change (10% or more) in income or assets, and the supporting documents are submitted by the required deadline. Financial assistance may be modified or cancelled at any time due to lack of satisfactory academic performance, changes in enrollment, violation of major school rules, residency, eligibility and available funds.

Students who enroll without receiving financial aid will be expected to pay full tuition each year. Unless your family circumstances change dramatically while your child is a student at the school, financial aid will not be awarded in subsequent years.

Financial Aid Application Process

BHS is a member of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) which assists schools in making financial aid decisions. All financial aid information and awards are kept confidential.

Financial Aid Timeline

January 15

Financial Aid Application Due to SSS

January 31

Most recent tax forms and W-2’s due to Admission Office

March 10

Notification of Admissions and Financial Aid decisions for accepted boarding and day student applicants

April 15

Prior year tax forms due to Admission Office

Important to Know Helpful Hints

Here is some useful information regarding our financial aid application process:

Our SSS CODE is: 3695

  • Prepare your taxes as early as possible to meet the application deadline. Note for the 2020-2021 school year, 2019 federal taxes will be required to complete this process.
  • If you are a business owner and/or self-employed, the application will require you to reference and potentially submit copies of your 1099s, K-1s (including Forms 1120S and 1065). Furthermore, we may request copies of these additional forms from the past two tax years if we need further information to complete your financial aid application.
  • Families are required to report tuition support for their children other than the applicant and may be required to provide a copy of award letters from independent schools and/or Form 1098-T from colleges and universities.