Admissions

Tuition & Financial Aid

A Rashi education is the most important investment you can make in your child’s future.
It is during the Kindergarten through Grade 8 years that children develop the foundational academic preparation, critical thinking skills, social-emotional intelligence, intrinsic values, and relationship with Judaism that will determine their success not only in their next schools but as individuals and members of society. Choosing Rashi now means a lifetime of benefits.

We understand that private school is a significant expense. Since our founding in 1986, we have committed to ensuring that a Rashi education is accessible to families from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. This is demonstrated by the fact that 35% of students receive financial aid, totalling more than $2 million annually. Families pay a minimum of 10% of tuition up to full annual tuition, depending on circumstance.

You may be thinking, “we aren’t the right fit for financial aid” or “I think I make too much to qualify.” The fact is, your family may be eligible for assistance through our Traditional Financial Aid process, Discover Rashi grant, or Clergy Incentive. Rashi Director of Finance & Operations Barbara Burnim Day (bburnimday@rashi.org) would be pleased to speak with you about affordability options.

Financial Aid Options

The Rashi School has one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country. Cost of living, temple membership, Jewish summer camp, and family expenses during the b’nei mitzvah year are just a few of the factors that are taken into consideration when calculating your aid package.

List of 2 items.

  • Traditional Financial Aid

    Rashi offers a traditional need-based financial aid program through School and Student Services (SSS), a third-party service. Families awarded Traditional Financial Aid may receive up to 50% in additional aid for After School, transportation, Middle School trip fees, and certain other incidentals. Details will be included in your award.

    The application for 2021-2022 will open on Monday, November 3, 2020. Please use our online financial aid application at https://www.solutionsbysss.com/parents. If you need assistance with the traditional financial aid application process, please review our step-by-step instructions. Please contact Barbara Burnim Day at bburnimday@rashi.org with any questions.

    Application Deadline
    • New Families: Monday, February 8, 2021
    • Returning Families: Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Clergy Incentive Program

    Recognizing the enormous contribution of our clergy to Jewish life in Boston, Rashi extends a professional courtesy of $6,000 per student each year for the duration of the child's time at Rashi. Please contact Barbara Burnim Day at bburnimday@rashi.org for more information.

    Application Deadline

    • New Families: February 8, 2021

Ways to Pay Tuition

Rashi uses a third-party service called FACTS to collect tuition payments. We offer payment plans and also accept payment from 529 Plans.

Payment Plan Options

  • One single payment due July 1
  • Two payments: 60% due July 1, 40% due December 1
  • Nine equal payments: June through February (requires a $51 fee per account)
  • Twelve equal payments: June through May (requires a $51 fee per account)
  • FACTS charges a 2.85% service fee on each credit card transaction

Tuition & Financial Aid FAQ

Eligibility

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I know if I am eligible for financial aid?

    The financial aid process looks at many different variables to determine eligibility. The process measures the Total Family Financial Capacity by looking at income (earned and unearned, taxed and untaxed), assets, extraordinary and unusual expenses in addition to many other factors, like the size of your family and the age of parents. The only way to know for certain if you qualify is to apply.
  • Who can apply for financial aid at Rashi?

    Any student enrolled at Rashi or applying for admission to Rashi may apply for financial aid by completing an application with SSS and submitting the 2019 tax return. Current students are to apply by December 4, 2020. Financial aid awards will be included with the enrollment contracts in January. Students who have not applied by December 4, 2020 will receive a contract for full tuition. Late applicants run the risk of being placed on a financial aid wait pool. Prospective students are encouraged to complete an application for enrollment and an application with SSS (PFS).

    Prospective students learn their tuition obligation with their admissions decision.

Awards

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Do I need to apply separately for financial aid for each child?

    No. Complete only one PFS per household.
  • Do I need to re-apply for financial aid each year?

    Yes. Applying each year is a clear indication of your desire to be considered for assistance. Any number of factors may change in your family profile that will affect the outcome.
  • Does anyone receive 100% of financial aid?

    No, the maximum financial aid award is 90% of tuition.
  • How much aid will I receive?

    The financial aid process looks at many different variables and so it is not possible to predict the amount of aid that will be awarded without completing the financial aid application process.
  • Is there financial aid for costs beyond tuition?

    Families awarded traditional financial aid through SSS may receive up to 50% in additional aid for after school, transportation, middle school trip fees, and certain other incidentals. Details will be included with your award.
  • What percentage of students receive financial aid?

    Approximately 38% of students receive financial aid.
  • Who can apply for financial aid at Rashi?

    Any student enrolled at Rashi or applying for admission to Rashi may apply for financial by completing an application with SSS and submitting the 2018 tax return. Current students are to apply by December 15, 2019. Financial aid awards will be included with the enrollment contracts in January. Students who have not submitted an application by December 15, 2019 will receive a contract for full tuition. Late applicants run the risk of being placed on a financial aid wait list.

    Prospective students are encouraged to visit the school, complete an application for enrollment and an application with SSS (PFS). Prospective students may learn their tuition obligation prior to an admissions decision.
  • Does Rashi consider religious financial contributions when awarding financial aid?

    Our accessibility plans recognize your commitment to a Jewish life. Adjustments will be made to the qualifying criteria for Discover Rashi and Traditional Financial Aid for the cost of synagogue membership (adjustment up to $3000), Jewish day camp ($1000 per student), and bar/bat mitzvah celebrations ($5000).
  • How do I know if I am eligible for financial aid?

    The financial aid process looks at many different variables to determine eligibility. The process measures the Total Family Financial Capacity by looking at income (earned and unearned, taxed and untaxed), assets, extraordinary and unusual expenses in addition to many other factors, like the size of your family and the age of parents. The only way to know for certain if you qualify is to apply.
  • Does applying for financial aid affect admission?

    No, the financial aid process is separate from the admissions process and only the financial aid applications of admitted students are reviewed by the financial aid committee.

Factors Affecting Financial Aid

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Does Rashi consider religious financial contributions when awarding financial aid?

    Our accessibility plans recognize your commitment to a Jewish life. Adjustments are made to the qualifying criteria for Discover Rashi and Traditional Financial Aid for the cost of synagogue membership (adjustment up to $3,000), Jewish day camp ($1,000 per student), and bar/bat mitzvah celebrations ($5,000).
  • What is a 529 plan?

    529 plans have offered families tax-free earnings, growth, and tax-free withdrawals for college expenses for over 20 years. Families may now withdraw up to $10,000 tax-free from a 529 plan to pay for up to $10,000 per year in K-12 tuition expenses. Massachusetts offers a tax benefit for contributing to a 529 plan. Speak with your accountant or financial advisor to find out how this option can benefit you.
  • Does applying for financial aid affect admission?

    No, the financial aid process is separate from the admissions process and only the financial aid applications of admitted students are reviewed by the financial aid committee.
  • How does financial aid work for separated, divorced, or never-married parents?

    Both custodial and non-custodial parents must apply for financial aid. Applications may be entirely separate or completed jointly. The information is collected to determine the ability, not the willingness, of all parties to financially support the education of their children. The school considers the financial resources of all living parents, stepparents, and domestic partners, and requires the cooperation of all parties before financial aid awards are determined. No financial information will be viewable to another parent online, nor will the school share any financial information submitted by another parent.

    The school is not bound by any disclaimers of financial responsibility or legal arrangements that may bind either parent.

    The school does not act as an intermediary between parents and asks that all parties involved communicate directly with each other regarding the education of their children.
  • Is tuition for children at other schools considered in calculating financial aid?

    Yes. SSS considers tuition commitments with other institutions from preschool through high school.
  • Do you accept 529 Plans?

    529 Plan payments are accepted for tuition charges only.
  • What happens if I miss the deadline for filing my application?

    Late applicants run the risk of being placed on a financial aid wait pool. We will consider fully completed applications first.

2020-2021 Tuition

Tuition is set annually by Rashi’s Board of Trustees in January for the upcoming year. Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year is as follows:

Kindergarten:
$29,900
Grade 1: $32,250
Grade 2: $34,825
Grade 3: $35,800
Grade 4: $37,000
Grade 5: $38,000
Grade 6: $40,750
Grade 7: $41,950
Grade 8: $41,950

Additional fees for Middle School:
Grade 6: $510 for a two-night class trip to Nature’s Classroom; $410 for a Chromebook
Grade 7: $1,650 for a three-night class trip to Washington, D.C.
Grade 8: $4,600 for a two-week class trip to Israel

Transportation

Morning Bus Route: $1,720
Afternoon Bus Route (3:00 PM): $960
Ride Packets: $155

After School Program

After School prices vary depending on your child's age and frequency of attendance. Learn more about per semester fees here.