Affording PS1

Affording A PS1 Education

At PS1 Pluralistic School, we proactively seek socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and gender diversity. Students are considered for admission based on their qualifications without regard to their financial status.

Payment Plan

Tuition may be paid annually, semi-annually, or on a seven-month payment plan.

Financial Aid

The decisions to accept a student and to award financial assistance are two separate, simultaneous processes. Financial Aid grants are awarded on the basis of need and with two priorities. Our first priority is to increase the diversity of the student body. Our second is to support currently enrolled students in completing their PS1 education.

We believe that the primary financial responsibility for a student’s education rests with the family. Because our available funds are generous but limited, we expect that families applying for Financial Aid have made use of all other available resources.

Applying for Financial Aid

PS1 is a member of School & Student Services (SSS), an organization that helps independent schools manage their financial aid programs. A complete PS1 Financial Aid application includes: (1) SSS’s Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) submitted to SSS, (2) a copy of the family’s complete 2019 Federal Income Tax return (Form 1040) sent to both PS1 and SSS, and (3) PS1’s Application for Financial Aid sent to both PS1 and SSS. In the case of separation or divorce, both parents must submit required materials. A family must reapply for Financial Aid every year to determine the exact amount of, and need for, continuing aid. As a new family applying for admission and Financial Aid, please indicate on your application for admissions that you intend to apply for Financial Aid. Families applying for Financial Aid will be sent relevant forms via email in late December.

Sources of Financial Aid

Financial Aid at PS1 is funded by a combination of operating income, endowment income, school fundraisers, contributions, and grants from foundations and other groups. Nearly 18% of our tuition income each year goes to Financial Aid. Over $1.3 million in Financial Aid was awarded for the 2019-2020 school year.

PS1 is not subsidized by any government agency or private organization. We are an independent school and non-profit, tax-exempt corporation run by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Additional Considerations

As a school built around participation and inclusion, we rely on our parent community to contribute beyond tuition, in ways big and small, as they are able. Parents are actively involved in everything from planning and executing large events, fundraising, and heading up committees to volunteering in the classroom, driving for field trips, and distributing hot lunches around the campus and much, much more.

The PS1 community thrives on the participation and generosity of each family’s time and talent. CLICK HERE to learn more about philanthropy at PS1.


Admissions Application Fee:

$125 One Time Only

Tuition and Fees:

$ 32,550Annual Tuition (8:45am – 3:00pm, except early dismissal days)
$425Parents Community Fee: one per family
$200Student Activities: per child
$1,000Capital Fee: per child
$1,500New Student Enrollment Fee (one time only
$300Childcare deposit


Optional - before and after school - fees do not include enrichment classes with require separate sign-up

$7.50Hourly rate for 8:00-8:30 am Early Morning Care and After School Child Care (available from dismissal until 6:00 pm)
$2,475Annual rate - Total for the entire year (can be payable over 9 months)