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Affording Hackley

Affording Hackley Overview

Many believe that Hackley awards financial aid only to families who can afford to pay little toward tuition. This is not true.
Each year we have conversations with prospective parents who say, “Oh, we can’t afford Hackley.” When we mention our financial aid program, they say, “Yes, but we assume we wouldn’t qualify for aid.” Often, these parents find they are mistaken.

At Hackley, the “need threshold” begins with the first dollar of tuition that stretches a family’s finances beyond manageability; this means we provide tuition support across a wide spectrum of incomes. In fact, over one-third of our aid recipients come from households making over $200,000 a year. These families qualify because they also pay tuition elsewhere, or care for an elderly parent, or face other legitimate expenses our process takes into account.

Our founders believed that meeting different kinds of people creates more opportunities for understanding, for inspiration and for wisdom. For this reason we seek talented children of teachers and professors, scientists, artists, nurses, firemen, engineers, lawyers, bankers, small business owners, and more – students who will learn as much from one another’s families as they learn in class.

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

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  • The examples below stem from decisions Hackley’s Financial Aid Committee has made in recent years.


    While we have provided some basic financial information in each profile, it is important to understand that many other considerations can affect an award decision. If you would like to discuss your family’s specific circumstances in greater detail, please do not hesitate to contact our Financial Aid Office.
  • Student 1

    A Middle School applicant lives with both parents and a sibling who goes to a local public school.
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  • Student 2

    An Upper School applicant lives with one parent and two siblings, one of whom is in a tuition-based school.
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  • Student 3

    A Middle School applicant lives with both parents and has one sibling in a tuition-based school.
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  • Student 4

    A Lower School applicant lives with both parents and a sibling who also attends a tuition-based school.
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  • Student 5

    An applicant for Middle School lives with both parents and is an only child.
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  • Student 6

    An applicant for Upper School lives with both parents and sibling who attends public school.
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