Financial Aid | Tilton School

Financial Aid and Scholarships

We know the sacrifices families make in choosing an independent school, and we offer several options to make school affordable, including need-based Financial Aid, Merit Scholarships, and Education Loans.

Financial Aid

More than 50% of Tilton families receive financial assistance from Tilton in the form of need-based financial aid and/or merit scholarships.  To manage financial aid requests, we rely on Clarity to collect financial information from families and make a recommendation for an affordable tuition payment. The application can be completed at any time, but should be submitted by February 1 for priority consideration.  Families of newly accepted students typically receive  financial aid award decisions from Tilton by March 10.  After this date, financial aid awards will be made on a funds-available basis. 

 If you plan to apply for Financial Aid, please download a detailed Financial Aid Application checklist which makes this complex process a bit easier to follow.  

Adhering to the guidelines and deadlines will ensure that your financial aid application is submitted properly. Families wishing to apply for financial aid should make sure they review this information carefully. Financial aid that is awarded as a grant or merit award does not have to be repaid.

In addition to the  mentioned above, international families (except our neighbors from Canada) must also complete the  International Student Financial Aid Profile which is uploaded to the “documents” section of the Family Application on Clarity. International families should be prepared to  provide documentation that verifies their financial information; Examples of required documentation would be tax forms, a statement from employer, or an income statement.  

We know that divorce or separation can add complexity to financial matters. Unfortunately, the financial aid process cannot be bound by any assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for educational expenses. Tilton, like virtually all schools, considers the assets and income of both parents, if living, before making any financial aid awards, and if either parent has remarried, Tilton also considers the financial circumstances of the stepparent, bearing in mind the obligation of that stepparent to his/her natural children. Both parents and any current spouses must complete the Family Application and submit to Clarity all of the documents as outlined in the above checklist. 

To smooth the process and respect legal obligations, custodial parents should ask non-custodial parents to complete the required forms, separately.  Information provided separately by divorced parents is held in strict confidence by the School. Naturally, each family is unique, so please don’t hesitate to call and discuss your situation.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded to competitive applicants who demonstrate quality academic performance, a strong work ethic, and the potential to contribute to the Tilton community beyond the classroom. There are a limited number of awards and all qualified applicants will be considered. The awards have designated requirements for eligibility and are renewable each year a student is enrolled in good standing. 

The Bradford W. Gile Scholarship is awarded to a student from a nearby community who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement,  character, honor, and integrity—and should demonstrate leadership and participation in multiple areas of student/campus life. To maintain this scholarship the recipient must achieve academic honor roll status by the end of their 10th grade year. 

The Masiello Scholarships are awarded to students with need from a NH community with preference given to students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement,  exemplary character, honor and integrity and should demonstrate leadership and participation in three areas of student/campus life. To maintain this scholarship the recipients must achieve academic honor roll status by the end of their 10th grade year. 

Ranging from $7,500 to $15,000/25,000 (day/boarding), the Trustee Scholarship is for students with high-level academic performance, demonstrated leadership, and participation in three non-academic areas such as arts, music, community service, athletics, or the outdoors.

Ranging from $5,000-$10,000/20,000 (day/boarding), the Head of School scholarship rewards academic performance and participation in multiple non-academic areas such as arts, music, community service, athletics, or the outdoors.

A scholarship of up to 7,500/10,000 (day/boarding), the Deans Scholarship awards consistent academic effort and  participation in two non-academic areas such as arts, music, community service, athletics, or the outdoors.

Mr. Bauer came to Tilton as a postgraduate. He completed his postgraduate year at the Tilton School then went on to earn a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Mr. Bauer felt that his time at Tilton School played a pivotal role in his life and achievements.

The Shaughnessy Scholarship is presented each year to one student who exhibits a love of athletics, seriousness of academic purpose and warmth of personality.

The Skinner Fellowship will provide financial assistance to a student or students who exhibit a consistent sense of personal integrity, loyalty, curiosity and who have demonstrated a commitment to fight injustice in all its forms.

Mr. Rosenfield was a four-year student at Tilton School. His experiences at Tilton provided the opportunity to be involved in everything from sports to editing the school newspaper, The Tiltonian. Stanley and his wife, Elaine, are strong advocates for access to a well-rounded education. Their scholarship will be awarded to a student eager to experience all that Tilton has to offer. Provided the student remains in good standing, the Stanley ’66 and Elaine Rosenfield  Scholarship will continue throughout the tenure of the student at Tilton School. 

The Tilton Young Women’s+ Leadership Scholarship, established in 2021, provides merit aid to student scholars who contribute to multiple areas beyond the academic program. 

Each qualified candidate should demonstrate a strong work ethic, exemplary character, leadership, and maintain an academic performance  average of B or higher. 

Orion Military Scholarships

In recognition of the sacrifices of our nation’s military, Orion Military Scholarship Fund is dedicated to promoting educational opportunities for eligible children of active duty military families, by providing scholarships to select boarding schools across the United States. Visit the Orion website to learn how to apply.

Independent Scholarship Programs

Families are encouraged to research independent  financial aid and merit scholarship opportunities. New Hampshire residents may want to research opportunities provided by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF). Residents from other states should research charitable giving organizations in their town and state.


Extended Loan Program

In an effort to provide additional funding options, we refer families to Your Tuition Solution,  which allows you to divide educational costs into affordable monthly payments extended up to several years.