Tuition & Financial Aid

Marlborough enrolls a diverse group of students with the promise of participating fully, achieving their best, and contributing their talents and interests to benefit themselves and the school community. We recognize that independent school tuition requires a significant financial commitment, and we encourage families to apply for financial aid if the tuition is beyond your family’s budget. Marlborough currently supports approximately one in five students with awards covering 10-100 percent of school expenses, including tuition, books, transportation, and other activities that are essential to the Marlborough experience. In 2019-2020, the average financial aid award is $30,000, representing 71% of the annual tuition.

2019 - 2020 Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for 2019 - 2020 is $42,900. To extend greater transparency and provide families more predictable supplemental billings, the cost of most course-related and some extracurricular activities have been included in the annual tuition cost. 

Most course-related and some extracurricular activity fees are included in the tuition. In addition, financial aid is applied to most additional costs, including student fees, books, laptop computer, and transportation.

Senior Fee: $2,100 - required to cover additional expenses associated with a student's senior year.
New Student Fee: $3,000 - a one-time fee required of all newly enrolled students.


Textbooks: $800-$1,500

Costs vary based on grade and course load. Some books may be available to rent or purchase used. Financial aid is applied to the cost of books.

Bus Information

Marlborough offers bus service to eight different neighborhoods: Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Pasadena, Pico (East of 405), Santa Monica, South Bay, Valley, Westside.

Families can choose round trip or one-way service. In addition, students can purchase daily passes. Financial aid is applied to the cost of bus transportation.

Round Trip Service: $3,100
One-Way Service: $1,550
Senior Reduced Rate: $250

Marlborough offers two afternoon bus departures. The first leaves right after school; the second departs at 5:30 pm.

For more information, please contact Scott Appel at

Bring Your Own Laptop

Bring Your Own Laptop: $500 to $2,000
Each student is required to bring her own fully charged laptop to campus every day. Device requirements are provided to enrolling students. If a financial aid student needs to purchase a new laptop, her award percentage will be applied.


How to Apply for Financial Aid

Marlborough seeks students from all socioeconomic backgrounds and approximately one in five students currently receives financial assistance. We encourage all families for whom all or part of Marlborough's tuition is outside of their family's budget to apply for financial aid.

Marlborough School uses (SSS) by NAIS School and Student Services for financial aid applications and computing of family finances. The application for 2020-2021 will be available online after October 2, 2019.

Step 1: Indicate Financial Aid Interest

Indicate your interest in financial aid. Deadline Wednesday, January 8, 2020

On the Marlborough admissions application, indicate that you are applying for financial aid and complete steps 2-4 below. Families apply for financial aid at the same time students submit applications for admission. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for both processes and submit all information by the deadlines.

Step 2: Access the Parent Financial Statement

Complete and Submit the Parent Financial Statement (PFS)

The online application is available after October 2, 2019. Deadline to submit your application is Sunday, January 12, 2020

New applicants create a PFS account with your email and password (you will use this information each year when you apply for financial aid, so please keep this information in a safe place). Use Marlborough School’s Code 4875 to create your account. School and Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) assists the Financial Aid Committee in computing financial aid awards, Families supporting two households must complete a PFS for each household. All material submitted to SSS is secure.

Please note that the PFS Workbook and Instruction Booklet is available in English and Spanish.

The application for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available online after October 2, 2019.

Step 3: Submit Application Fee

Submit the application fee of $51.00. Deadline January 12, 2020.

The fee will automatically be waived for families qualifying for a fee waiver. This fee covers all applications for all dependents applying for financial aid at schools that use SSS for their financial aid process.


Step 4: Submit Tax Documents

Submit tax documents. See deadlines below.

Instructions on how to upload and submit additional documents will be on the SSS site. Please submit the following pieces of information:

1) 2017 & 2018 Federal Income Tax forms (Form 1040, including all schedules, W-2s, and/or 1099s). Deadline January 12, 2020

2) 2019 Federal Income Tax forms (Form 1040, including all schedules, W-2s, and/or 1099s). Deadline April 15, 2020

3) Completed, signed IRS Form 4506-T “Request for Transcript of Tax Return.” Deadline January 12, 2020

Important Note: Because admissions decisions will be released in mid-March before many families complete their tax forms, we make preliminary financial aid awards prior to receiving your 2019 Federal Income Tax forms. Awards are contingent upon the verification of the tax returns and subject to change and/or may be revoked should the 2019 Federal Income Tax forms differ from the information provided on the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through SSS.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for financial aid?

All families for whom Marlborough’s tuition is outside of their family’s budget are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Financial aid awards are based on a formula that determines calculated financial need and awards can range from 10-100%.


How does applying for financial aid affect a student’s admissions decision?

Although Marlborough has a robust financial aid budget, we are unable to fund every admissible student who requests financial aid. Therefore, students who apply for financial aid are placed into a more competitive admissions pool.

Candidates who meet the admissions requirements and who have applied for financial aid are prioritized by the Admissions and Financial Aid Committees based on the school's enrollment goals. A student who applies for financial aid will receive an acceptance decision only if a financial aid award is offered or if it is determined that she does not qualify for financial aid.

Does Marlborough offer academic scholarships? Athletic scholarships?

Marlborough does not offer any merit, athletic, or talent scholarships. All financial aid awards at Marlborough are based on demonstrated economic need that is determined using the SSS national, standardized formula that employs an impartial third-party analysis of a family’s financial situation. Marlborough maintains that the primary responsibility for financing a child’s education rests upon the family.

On what factors is a family’s financial aid award determined?

Marlborough School subscribes to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) by NAIS. This calculation considers gross taxable income, assets, liabilities, family size, daily living expenses, and number of children in tuition-charging institutions, among other things. Based on this information, coupled with data gathered from tax documents you submit, the Financial Aid Committee determines what amount, if any, your family can pay for tuition.

Marlborough's calculated parental contribution may differ from the SSS's calculation. For example, Marlborough may disallow losses attributable to second homes, investment properties, hobby business, and certain types of depreciation.

What if parents are divorced or separated or never married?

Marlborough School considers the assets of both parents in reviewing students for a financial aid award. Custodial and non-custodial parents are responsible for educational expenses and therefore both must participate in the financial aid process by submitting the financial aid application form and tax information. Until both parents complete the process, the Financial Aid Committee will not review the financial aid application.

If either parent has remarried or is living with another adult who is contributing to the household income, the school will consider the assets of the step-parent or partner, always bearing in mind that the primary responsibility for payment rests with the natural parents.

Is there an expectation that both parents work?

Marlborough expects both parents to contribute financially to their child’s education. If a parent is not receiving a salary, the school will make a financial adjustment to the application to account for the income the parent might receive if she or he chose to work.

Since each application is reviewed individually, there may be exceptions to this policy, such as caring for a child not yet of school age, or another individual who cannot care for her/himself, or a parent who is not able to work. Under such circumstances, we ask that you explain in writing why the parent is not employed when you submit your initial application.

Can I submit an admissions application as a “full-pay family” and then apply for assistance after my daughter has been admitted?

If a family believes they will need financial aid at any point during a child’s time at Marlborough, they must apply for aid when they submit their application for admission. A “full-pay” application communicates that a family is capable of covering all educational expenses for the duration of their daughter’s time at Marlborough. In other words, Marlborough School will not consider an application for financial assistance at any time once a family applies and is admitted as a "full-pay" student. This includes financial assistance in the subsequent years following her first year of enrollment. 


What expenses are covered by financial aid at Marlborough?

A Marlborough financial aid award, which can range from 10-100% of school expenses, covers most necessary expenses that your child will incur as part of the Marlborough experience. This includes items such as books, transportation, and athletic participation. Our goal is to help parents with expenses, and to enable financial aid recipients to participate fully in school life.

Do I need to reapply for aid each year?

Yes. We will ask you to file a new PFS and submit your tax returns and W-2 and/or 1099 forms each year. The school will continue to award a level of aid appropriate to your level of demonstrated need until your child graduates from Marlborough.

When will I be notified of my award?

Newly-admitted students receive their financial aid award decisions with their Online Enrollment Contracts. Returning students receive their award decisions in mid-March.

Does Marlborough offer payment plans for tuition?

Marlborough School offers three payment plans: 1) Payment in Full (tuition protection plan is optional), 2) Two Payment Plan (payments due in July and December, tuition protection plan and finance charges apply), and 3) Nine Payment Plan (payments due July through March, tuition protection plan and finance charges apply).

Financial Aid Deadlines

- SSS Online Financial Aid Application and 2017 & 2018 Tax Returns (if not previously provided) due Sunday, January 12, 2020
- 2019 Tax Returns due Wednesday, April 15, 2020