Tuition & Financial Aid - Admissions - McDonogh School


Tuition fees cover all charges for classroom instruction, meals, laboratories, and athletics (except riding and squash). Also included in the tuition fee are bus transportation and lunch for day students, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner for boarding students. Athletic uniforms for many sports are provided through the school's Athletic Department.

Tuition does not include books for Upper School students, instrumental music instruction, and private tutoring. Expenses for personal items such as school clothing and athletic equipment are the responsibility of the family. Other expenses will vary with the interests and wishes of the individual.

Lower School, Grades PK-4
Tuition (2021-2022 school year):
PK: $19,900
K-PF: $29,000
Grades 1 - 4: $31,300

Middle School, Grades 5-8
Tuition (2021-2022 school year): $33,100

Upper School, Grades 9-12
Tuition (2021-2022 school year): $34,700
Book fees vary.

Five-Day Boarding, Grades 9-12
Tuition (2021-2022 school year): $46,600
Book fees vary.


From the school's earliest years when all students attended on scholarship until today when approximately 22 percent of the student body receives financial aid, the provision of funds through endowment, gifts, and grants has been a primary objective of the school. McDonogh awarded more than $6.3 million in need-based financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year. The average award exceeded $20,300.

Financial aid grants may be awarded to new students entering kindergarten through twelfth grade. The school does not offer financial assistance for prekindergarten. Candidates for these awards must demonstrate academic and personal promise. All grants are based on the financial need of the family and the availability of funds. Grants are renewable each year upon the evaluation of current financial information.

Families who wish to be considered for financial aid should indicate this interest on their admissions application. Those families will then be sent an email detailing the financial aid process in early December. Families wishing to be considered for financial aid must submit (1) a copy of their 2019 federal income tax returns including all schedules and W-2's, (2) a signed and completed Supplementary Financial Aid form, and (3) a Parents' Financial Statement (PFS). The PFS needs to be completed online at All documentation should be submitted to School and Student Services for Financial Aid by January 8, 2021. Prior to enrollment, 2020 tax information, and W-2s will be required as well.

If your child is offered financial aid, the award amount will be mailed along with the acceptance letter on February 19, 2021. Because of the short turnaround time for financial determination, it is crucial that your forms arrive on time.