Tuition & Financial Aid
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"Chartwell showed me that the way that I think and the way that I see the world is NOT a disability. Now, it's actually a huge advantage in my industry."
~ Dugan O'Neal, Chartwell Alum
A Chartwell education means going from the back row to the front. Our average class size is 6 to 8 students with a 4:1 student to faculty ratio.
Chartwell School understands that an independent education for your child requires a major financial commitment. We are committed to working with families to help them make a Chartwell education a reality and we encourage you to contact the Admissions Office regarding annual tuition costs, payment plan options (administered online through Smart Tuition), K-12 Education Loans and, if needed, how need-based financial aid can assist qualifying families.
Tuition Support Fund
Through the generous support of a benefactor, the Tuition Support Fund (TSF) provides a limited number of financial discounts reducing the cost of tuition for new students wishing to enroll at Chartwell. To be eligible for TSF, students must be accepted into a program at Chartwell. Availability of space may determine a student's eligibility. The TSF will discount tuition fees by 5% for students in grades K-3; 10% for students in grades 4-8; and 15% for students in grades 9-12. New families should contact the Admissions Office for TSF application information.
Financial Aid opens in January for returning families and new families may apply if they have been accepted into a Chartwell program. Chartwell offers need-based financial aid awards in the form of grants that do not need to be repaid. Our budget is limited and we seek to equitably distribute grants to students based on their family’s financial need. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis, so timely applications are important.
Financial aid requests are submitted online through the FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) link below. Please click on the FAST button below to access our online financial aid application.
FAST provides a Parent User Guide for you reference. Upon completing the FAST application online, families are required to upload the requested tax returns and other financial documents to the FAST website or mail them to FAST:
Independent School Management, Attn: FAST Processing
1316 N. Union St.
Wilmington, DE 19806
Once the school receives notification from FAST that the application is complete and tax returns are verified, then the application review and awarding process is conducted by the Financial Aid Committee. The Admissions Office will contact all families to notify them of their award once the Financial Aid Committee has recommended their award. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 831-394-3468 ext. 1025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: Meeting all deadlines is an important part of the financial aid process, as late information can jeopardize the awarding process for a family. Financial aid is awarded annually and for one year at a time.
Financial Aid Donors
Our financial aid program is funded through the generous support of numerous caring individuals and foundations, including The William McCaskey Chapman and Adaline D. Chapman Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, The Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Quest Foundation, The Robert and Audrey Talbott Foundation and other charitable organizations.