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Affording Hillel

Each year we have conversations with prospective parents who say, “Oh, we cannot afford Hillel.” When we mention our generous tuition assistance program, they say, “Yes, but we assume we would not qualify for aid.” Often, these parents find they are mistaken.
Hillel believes that all families wishing to give their child a Jewish day school education should be able to do so, regardless of financial ability. We realize that for many tuition is a significant barrier to entry. An important hallmark of our school has been our ability to make the school financially accessible to all. For the 2017-18 school year, Hillel allocated more than $3.2 million in tuition assistance to 54% of the student body.

Our tuition assistance program makes Hillel more affordable for all families. Each family’s tuition is individually determined based on a percentage of income and several other factors, including family size, number of children attending Hillel or other tuition-based schools (including college), and other liabilities and assets. Tuition is based on a family’s financial resources, regardless of how many children are enrolled in the school. For example, a family with one student enrolled may pay $7,000 in tuition. Tuition will not double when a second child is enrolled but will stay within affordability.

We welcome and encourage families to contact us about tuition assistance – particularly those families who assume they will not qualify.

The value of a Hillel education resides in the small size of our classes, the quality and passion of our faculty, the innovative design of our curriculum and campus, the Jewish values weaved throughout the educational experience, and the success of every student. Best said by one of our parents, “No one can take an education away from you.” Our parents see tuition as an investment in their children’s future.

Our Board of Trustees, in consultation with the school leadership team, sets tuition each year to support our students, faculty and staff, and our programs and facility.

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  • ECC Tuition

    Terrific Twos 
    DaysTimeAffiliated TuitionNon Affiliated Tuition
    3 Half Days*9:00 a.m.-12:30 a.m.$3,935$4,915
    5 Half Days9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.$5,485$6,855
    3 Full Days9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.$5,690$7,115
    5 Full Days9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.$8,385$10,480

    Thriving Twees: Child must be 31-35 months old by September 1, 2018 
    DaysTimeAffiliated TuitionNon Affiliated Tuition
    3 Half Days*9:00 a.m.-12:30 a.m.$3,935$4,915
    5 Half Days9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.$5,485$6,855
    3 Full Days9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.$5,690$7,115
    5 Full Days9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.$8,385$10,480
    M,W,F Half Days +
    T, TH Full Days
    9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    $6,715$8,395
    MWF Full Days +
    T, TH Half Days
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    $7,285$9,110

    Thriving Threes: Child must be 36-47 months old by September 1, 2018 
    DaysTimeAffiliated TuitionNon Affiliated Tuition
    3 Half Days*9:00 a.m.-12:30 a.m.$3,935$4,915
    5 Half Days9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.$5,485$6,855
    3 Full Days9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.$5,690$7,115
    5 Full Days9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.$8,385$10,480
    M,W,F Half Days + 
    T, TH Full Days
    9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    $6,715$8,395
    MWF Full Days + 
    T, TH Half Days
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    $7,285$9,110

    Fabulous Fours: Child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2018 
    DaysTimeAffiliated TuitionNon Affiliated Tuition
    5 Half Days*9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.$5,485$6,855
    5 Full Days9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.$8,385$10,480
    M,W,F Half Days + 
    T, TH Full Days
    9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    $6,715$8,395
    MWF Full Days + 
    T, TH Half Days
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    $7,285$9,110
    * Half Days includes lunch time for everyone.
  • K-8 Tuition

    Tuition by grade level for the 2018-2019 school year: 
     
    Tuition for grades 1-8
    $20,595
     
    Tuition for kindergarten
    $12,950
  • Tuition Assistance

    Families must apply online for financial aid. We encourage families to contact our Chief Operating Officer, Scott Reed, sreed@hillelday.org to learn more about the Tuition Assistance process.

    Eligible families need only apply once for tuition assistance. Subsequently, the only requirement is to submit annual tax returns. As long as income does not change more than ten percent in either direction, the award will remain relatively the same and tuition will only adjust to reflect the annual percentage increase of tuition. This increase is based on the tuition a family is paying, and will not be based on the dollar amount of the percentage increase on full tuition.

    Hillel safeguards the confidentiality of all financial information supplied by applicants and does not publicly identify recipients of financial aid. Only those persons directly involved in the financial aid process review this information.
     

Elana Burnstein

I send my kids to Hillel for many reasons. They are educated in their faith, their soul, and their hearts as Jews there. Sadly as a single parent, I have no time, nor do I have the resources, to provide for them what Hillel does. No more Hebrew school or Sunday school.  My girls are definitely Jewish because of Hillel. I thank God every day for the opportunity to be a parent of a Hillel child. Please, before anyone says it's too expensive, you have no idea the options until you investigate. I can't afford NOT to be there.

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