Tuition and Financial Support
High Mowing’s tuition levels compare favorably with other independent schools in New England. We are proud of our inclusivity, and we work with each individual family to make a High Mowing education possible.
Admissions decisions are not based on financial need. Applying for financial aid does not hinder your application in any way. We provide the support you need to get here by working closely with you to understand your family’s individual circumstances.
If your family is unable to meet our tuition levels, we invite you to complete a financial aid application. Our financial aid program embodies the school's commitment to enter into a relationship with members of our community.
We use School and Student Services (SSS) in determining financial aid awards. All parents — including unmarried, divorced or separated, or stepparents — must submit all of the required financial aid application documents to be considered for financial aid.
We use the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) and the Report of Family Contribution (RFC) as a guide to making an award determination. If the RFC determines that a family needs more financial aid than we are able to provide, we offer the most generous aid possible and ask the family to explore additional options.
All offers of financial aid are awarded on an annual basis. Application must be made each year, and the offer is calculated using the most recent financial data. The student must remain in good social and academic standing. Parents must be up-to-date with their school account to be considered for financial aid in a subsequent year.
Step 1 | Indicate Interest
As you complete your child's application for admission, select Yes at the Applying for Financial Aid prompt.
Step 2 | Submit Forms
Submit all required financial aid forms to School and Student Services (SSS) by the deadline for priority consideration. Our school code is 3878.
SSS charges an application fee of $60. You will be prompted to pay by credit card or ACH debit prior to submitting your application.
Step 3 | Receive Award
We send financial aid awards, together with our admission decision, to admitted families.
Step 4 | Accept Award
Accept your financial aid award. The deadline for this step is two weeks after you receive your financial aid award, unless otherwise noted.
High Mowing School was born and grew through the exemplary patronage of its founder, Mrs. Emmet. Generosity continues to define and shape our vibrant and unique character and is evident in the scholarships that help make our school accessible.
Scholarship applications are considered in addition to applications for financial aid. All prospective high school students are eligible to submit a scholarship application; if you also want to be considered for financial aid, please be sure to complete that process as well.
- ABBY YANDELL '10 SCHOLARSHIP
- ALEXANDRA BARNES NORTON '57 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
- ANN FRIEDL SCHOLARSHIP
- BEULAH HEPBURN EMMET SCHOLARSHIP
- DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
- FOUNDERS MERIT SCHOLARSHIP
- GUS MEISSNER '10 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE FUND
- H. LEE ROWELL '45 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
- MUSIC FUND IN MEMORY OF DAVID ANDERSON '96
- ROBERT PITTMAN '44 SCHOLARSHIP
- SANDY BROOKS SCHOLARSHIP
In 2012, our Board of Trustees created the Founders Merit Scholarship in honor of Mrs. Emmet and the people who supported her in establishing and growing High Mowing. The competitive Founders Merit scholarship recognizes academically exceptional students with excellent character as demonstrated through their academic achievement, activities, and community service. Awards are available to new students applying to grade 9, or to grade 10 if coming from a school where the program ends in grade 9.
Named in honor of its first recipient, this fund supports the athletic program at High Mowing by providing scholarships to scholar-athletes who successfully balance achievement in athletics and other disciplines, and by providing funds for equipment, uniforms, materials and supplies to enhance the scholar-athletes' experience and support the athletic teams.
For New Hampshire residents, the Children's Scholarship Fund provides two ways to apply for financial assistance for your child’s educational needs:
- Education Freedom Accounts (EFA) provide scholarships for students who are looking for a school that is a better fit for them. Funds are awarded to students based on highest financial need, funds raised, and the metrics in the Education Tax Credit law for tuition for private school. Several of our students have received awards from these funds as they entered the school, and we encourage you to investigate this opportunity to see if you are eligible.
- Education Tax Credit (ETC) scholarships allow New Hampshire students who are struggling in their current public school to attend a private school, online school, or homeschool that is a better fit for them and their learning needs. ETC scholarships can also be used to attend out-of-district public schools.
A 529 plan is a savings plan originally developed to help families save money for college while earning tax-free interest. If the money is used for tuition upon withdrawal, no additional taxes will be taken out.
Plans are managed by individual states. Each state selects an administrator to broker investments in the plans. Most families open plans—either on their own or with the help of a financial advisor—in their own state of residence, but one can also open a 529 plan in other states.
Previously, the purpose of 529 accounts was to provide families with a long-term savings option for higher education. As of January 1, 2018, those benefits have extended significantly to allow families to use up to $10,000 annually from their 529 accounts to cover the cost of tuition for K-12 private schools.
If you already have a 529 account and you’ve had a chance to let the interest accrue, it may be beneficial to use some of those savings now. If you have not yet started a plan but think you might like to, now is a good time to take another look. A variety of options is available, depending on the age of your child and other factors.
Follow these simple steps:
- Select a beneficiary (likely your child, though the account may be transferred to a different beneficiary later).
- Gather the address, social security number, and date of birth of the beneficiary.
- Work with an investor to determine which account is best for you. You may choose an age-based option taking into consideration the risk level you are comfortable with: conservative, moderate, or aggressive plans. Additionally, you can custom-select from individual portfolios.
- Have your bank account information (account and routing numbers) handy to set up transfers.
To help you with your budgeting and financial planning, we offer two payment plans:
- One single payment due by June 1 — a 2% discount applies. Note: This discount is available only to families who are paying full tuition; it does not apply to families receiving financial aid, scholarships, or other tuition discounts.
- A 12-month plan with payments from June through May
We offer a personalized, needs-based tuition model. For additional information, complete our tuition inquiry form.
Applications now accepted on a rolling basis.