Affording Steward

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Affordability at Steward

The Steward School offers need-based aid for students in JK-12, as well as merit-based grants for Upper School students.

Financial Aid

The Steward School grants more than $1.8 million in need-based aid each year. This program is designed to complement our families’ investment in their children’s education, and help ensure that all academically qualified students have access to a Steward education. Families have the opportunity to confidentially inquire about financial aid during the admissions process or at any time during a student’s enrollment at Steward.

Our team works with each applicant family to guide them through the financial aid process. As in everything we do, we strive to treat every family with care and respect for the individual. The Steward School follows the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) principles of good practices for private school financial aid.

All aid is awarded on the basis of need and requires a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) from School & Student Services (SSS) by NAIS, as well as a copy of IRS Form 1040. The application form also provides space to provide a written statement explaining the need for aid. Identified need is calculated by SSS, an independent, third-party organization, that works directly with The Steward School. The analysis of need provided by SSS along with other information provided by the family on the PFS is used by the school to calculate the financial aid award. All awards are reviewed and revised on an annual basis. The first deadline for financial aid applications for 2018-19 is February 1, 2018, though awards are granted on a rolling basis as students are admitted. NAIS provides many resources to guide you through the financial aid application process, from in-depth webinars, to a written step-by-step online guide, to workbooks and flyers. Access these tools and tips at

For more information about financial aid or merit scholarships please contact any member of the Admissions team or Controller Dena Dickson at

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 up to two rising ninth-grade students who have distinguished themselves academically and in extracurricular areas such as athletics, arts, innovation, or community service. 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, made possible by a generous and anonymous donation. The awards will be 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 about financial aid or merit scholarships please contact any member of the Admissions team or Controller Dena Dickson at

2017-18 Tuition

Junior Kindergarten (half-day): $10,500
Junior Kindergarten (full-day): $15,400
Grades K-5: $21,800
Grades 6-8: $23,350
Grades 9-12: $24,570

2017-18 Activity Fees

Lower School: $375
Middle School: $375
Upper School: $375

Fee Schedule

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required and should accompany all new applications.
  • A required $600 payment is due upon the acceptance of all students new to grades JK-12. This is a one-time payment in addition to tuition and other charges.
  • A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration for all returning students in grades K-12 and is applied to the student's account for 2017-18. If enrollment is cancelled in writing by May 2, 2017, the $1,000 deposit is forfeited. If not cancelled in writing, parents are responsible for the full year’s tuition.

Tuition Payment Plans for 2017-18

  1. 100% due July 31, 2017.
  2. 65% due July 31, 2017, and 35% due January 31, 2018.
  3. Ten (10) equal payments - first payment due April 30, 2017, and tenth payment due January 31, 2018.

Financing Options

Financing options are available through Your Tuition Solution. For more information, you may contact Controller Dena Dickson at or (804) 565-2336.

Additional Costs

  • Books/Supplies (as required*)
  • Extended Day
  • Lunch Program (if desired)
  • Tutoring (as required)
  • Advanced Placement Exams
  • Yearbook $45/per child
  • Graduation Fee (Seniors) $125

*Students in grades K-2 are billed in July for books and supplies. Students in grades 3-5 are billed for certain books and supplies in July. Students in grades 5-12 are responsible for purchasing books as required by their class schedules.

Applying for Financial Aid

Click here for more information regarding financial aid.

Click here to apply online for financial aid. 


Steward Voices

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

Steward Voices

Steward is the right place for Micah and Kiri because they are able to develop strong connections with their teachers, which in turn facilitates confidence and resilience in their learning. Everyone at Steward knows your name and makes you feel so welcome.
- Paul and Janet Yoon, Parents of Kiri ’27 and Micah ’26

Steward Voices

Steward helped me develop the skills I needed to succeed in college and the courage and confidence to set competitive career goals for myself. But, these skills weren’t lessons I learned just in Steward’s classrooms; they came from the athletic fields, in the hallways, and during Honor Council meetings, too.
- Grace Henderson ’10

Steward Voices

Steward provides Andrew with a nurturing environment which fosters his individualism, develops exemplary character traits, and continuously provides him with creative learning experiences. Consequently, Andrew ‘loves’ school and anticipates each day with joy, enthusiasm, and excitement.
- Betsy Jollay, Grandmother of Andrew O’Leary ’25

Steward Voices

I love all that The Steward School has done for Trace. Steward has uncovered Trace’s talents, celebrated his individuality, and strengthened his belief in himself. The faculty and staff offer an amazing balance of challenge and comfort, encouraging the best from all students. I can’t imagine Trace being anywhere else. Thank you, Steward School.
- Ron Coles, Father of Trace Coles ’19 and Grade 5 Teacher

Steward Voices

Being a member of The Steward School international program has been an awesome experience. The community has helped me tremendously along the way.
- Bowen Chen ’15


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