Co-ed independent day school in Boston's Back Bay for academically adventurous students in grades 9–12

Tuition and Financial Aid

Since our founding, Commonwealth School has been dedicated to increasing access and welcoming as many qualified students as possible through a generous need-based financial aid program. This empowers us to attract strong applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and to compose a well-rounded and talented student body. And we are committed to partnering with families to meet the cost of a Commonwealth education. 



financial aid granted for the 2023–2024 school year


average financial aid grant


tuition and fees for 2023–2024


Financial Aid Grants and More

Commonwealth’s financial aid includes textbooks, all-school trips, participation in clubs and activities, and, in many cases, public transportation. We also offer discounted standardized testing, test preparation, and tutoring, and we extend additional grants for summer programs and school-sponsored international trips. For the 2023–2024 school year, Commonwealth also extended $11,600 in additional technology grants to eligible families for purchasing a MacBook Pro laptop, printer, and software at a reduced cost. On average, participants paid $450 for this package.
Families of returning students can find additional financial aid information on the Parent Portal (login required).


range of financial aid grants


Financial Aid Timeline for New Families

September 1

Commonwealth’s financial aid application opens for 2024–2025

February 1

Deadline to complete and submit your financial aid application through Clarity

February 15

Deadline to upload all 2023 W-2s and 1099s to Clarity

March 10

Commonwealth informs families of financial aid decisions along with admission decisions



Access and Affordability

Financial aid ensures that all students can avail themselves of all opportunities at Commonwealth through grants for technology, tutoring, international travel, standardized tests, transportation, and more.
  • $25,000–$40,000 annually typically goes toward Chatfield Cultural Scholarships so that students can participate in travel and exchanges, as well as travel-related independent projects.
  • $25,000–$40,000 annually goes to professional tutoring for students.
  • $11,600 in additional annual technology grants are made available to eligible families and can be applied to purchasing a MacBook Pro laptop, printer, and software at a reduced cost.
  • Discounted standardized testing and public transportation passes are also available to students with financial aid grants.
The financial aid program exemplifies our student’s engagement with Commonwealth’s spirit of community, diversity, and generosity. The support we receive makes it possible for her to immerse herself in a breadth of opportunities and camaraderie that inform and grow those very values, which she’s sure to take with her beyond her years here.Parent, Class of 2023

Financial Aid FAQs

Questions about the financial aid process? Be sure to review our FAQs. We are always happy to answer your individualized questions as well; please do not hesitate to reach out!

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Managing Other Costs 

Commonwealth is dedicated to ensuring that every opportunity is available to every student. Here you'll find more information about the range of costs associated with our program and what families with financial aid grants might expect to pay. 

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Our admissions team is here to help and happy to guide you through the financial aid process. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us to get answers to your questions.