Financial Aid FAQs

Financial Aid FAQs

Below you’ll find frequently asked questions about the financial aid process at Nobles. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for, please contact Stephanie Boulay, Director of Financial Aid at

Are there any merit awards available at Nobles?

No, Nobles does not offer any merit awards. All financial aid award calculations are based on a family’s demonstrated need. Since financial aid is granted annually, families must reapply each academic year.

How does Nobles determine financial aid awards?

Information from the Clarity Application generates an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. We use this estimate as a starting point to help us make fair and objective financial aid decisions. Home ownership, family size, the number of children at tuition-charging schools, regional cost of living adjustments and other factors are considered in the evaluation of a family’s ability to pay.

How do I apply for financial aid and is there a fee?

If your family is interested in applying for financial aid, please go to the Clarity Application and create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is also mobile-friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time. At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge. Simply use the dropdown menu in the application to select those schools. The deadline for completing the financial aid application is January 15 and accepted families will receive their award letter with the admission decision on March 10.

To get started, we recommend downloading and reading the SSS Instruction Booklet (in English or in Spanish).

If our family is eligible, how much financial aid is awarded and what does it cover?

Financial aid awards will vary based on your family’s demonstrated need. Nobles is committed to fulfilling 100% of each family’s demonstrated need. Awards can range from $1,000 up to the entire cost of tuition and additional expenses. The average direct grant is $44,935. The tuition total that families are asked to pay can be spread out over up to ten months.

When determining a financial assistance award, Nobles considers the total cost of attendance. In addition to financial aid for tuition, Nobles gives an additional $1,000 in aid to all award recipients to help cover other fees which can include textbooks, athletic equipment, field trips, school social events, etc. Financial aid is also given for optional programs such as instrumental lessons.

While awards do vary, we strive to help make an independent school education affordable for all families (including middle-income families who think they might not qualify).

Could I apply for financial aid for my child attending Nobles if I have children attending other tuition-charging schools?

Nobles expects that a family with children attending other tuition-charging schools will also apply for financial aid at those schools. The Financial Aid Committee at Nobles believes that, in general, no consideration of financial assistance should be given to a student whose parents will be paying full charge for siblings at other institutions. As a rule, Nobles will expect proof of enrollment for other children in tuition-charging schools from financial aid recipients.

How do I fill out the Clarity Application if I have my own business?

Parents who own their own business or who have a partnership are required to submit copies of their federal 1065 or 1120 business tax forms along with any K-1 forms.

Do both parents complete a Clarity Application even if they are separated, divorced or were never married?

Yes, Nobles requires that each parent complete Clarity Application by January 15. Parents can be assured that all financial information received from one parent will not be shared with the other.

Do I have to reapply for assistance each year?

Yes, each student’s need is recalculated annually. Therefore, parents are required to submit a Clarity Application each year.

If our family does not qualify for financial aid, what options do we have regarding tuition payments?

Through the Nobles business office, families can set up payment plans, choosing to either make two payments (in July and November), or spreading out payments over ten months (May to February).

Families who are interested in education loans can contact Your Tuition Solution, a program of Springstone Financial, LLC based in Westborough, Mass., that provides low fixed rates, low monthly payments, no application or origination fees, no prepayment penalties and the opportunity to increase the original amount in future years to keep payments affordable.

How do I proceed as a current family interested in applying for financial aid for the first time?

Current families wishing to apply for financial aid for the first time will need to contact Stephanie Boulay, Director of Financial Aid at In order for a returning family to qualify for aid for the first time, there must be evidence of a significant change in financial circumstances from the previous tax year (such as sending another child to a tuition-charging school or loss of employment).