Tuition and Affordability

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  • Affording Steward

    Building our community
The Steward School offers Variable Tuition for students in JK-12, as well as merit-based grants for Upper School students. We believe a diversity of talents, abilities, and cultures among our student body provides a rich and well-rounded educational experience, and our merit grants and Variable Tuition program support this goal. We never stop working to make Steward as affordable as possible.

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  • Variable Tuition

    Every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition and fees, thereby supporting the community to the extent circumstances permit. Among our families are those who can afford tuition at the top of the range and whose philanthropic generosity provides a vital component of annual operating expenses. There are also families who manage to pay tuition at the highest level only by making substantial sacrifice, those who are able to afford only minimal tuition, and those across the spectrum.

    Steward's Variable Tuition program enables greater access to Steward by customizing tuition based on each family's individual financial situation.

    We provide more than $2.8 million annually to reduce tuition each year. This program is designed to help all academically qualified students have access to a Steward education. We understand that families have many financial priorities, and school costs must fit into your budget, today and in years to come.

  • Merit Grants

    A recent survey by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) established that out of all the private schools in Richmond, Steward is a city and statewide leader in offering merit awards.

    We are pleased to offer the Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship, which provides four years of full tuition for a rising ninth-grade student who has distinguished him or herself academically and in extracurricular areas such as athletics, arts, innovation, or community service. This student must be new to Steward in ninth grade. For more information and to apply, click here.

    Steward also offers additional merit awards for students who are new to Steward in the Upper School. The awards are granted based upon character, which is central to the Steward mission, and other factors. For more information about these awards and the application process, click here.

    For more information, please contact any member of the Admissions team.

Curious what your variable tuition might be?

Use the calculator below to estimate your family’s Variable Tuition per student by providing answers that most closely resemble your financial picture.
This is only an estimate. Actual Variable Tuition will vary based on more detailed information reviewed during the application process, including your household income, mortgage or rent, assets, consumer debt, investments and savings, and number of children in tuition-paying schools. There is a separate application for Variable Tuition, which can be found here. Final determination is based on this application as well as the remaining budget available for Variable Tuition.
    • Steward School

Dan and Kathi Campbell, Parents of Abbie ’19, Emma ’17, and Ben ’14

"Steward is an atmosphere that fosters confidence — something we have seen in all three of our kids. Whether it is playing a new sport, running for a seat on the Honor Council, or singing a solo on Talent Night, they have been encouraged to try, to experience, and to grow."

Meet the Admissions Team

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    Rebecca Harris 

    Director of Admissions
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    Jane Carter 

    Associate Director of Admissions, Grades JK-5
  • Photo of Elizabeth Farmer-Smith

    Beth Farmer-Smith 

    Assistant Director of Admissions, Grades 6-11
  • Photo of Bobbie Fass

    Bobbie Fass 

    Admissions Assistant, International Admissions
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