Financial Aid

Cistercian Preparatory School is committed to enrolling students who will most benefit from the Cistercian program. The decision to offer a student admission is made on the basis of a student's application file, independent of his financial circumstances. The School actively recruits students of all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds.

The School holds that parents have an obligation to pay for the educational expenses of their children. Within the limits of the School's financial aid resources, however, the Financial Aid Committee seeks to assist those families who are not able to meet the financial costs of their son's education at Cistercian.

Families are awarded financial aid on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Cistercian offers no merit scholarships. Financial aid awards are for one year only, and families must reapply for financial aid every year and demonstrate continuing financial need. All financial information submitted is kept in the strictest confidence.

Procedure and Timetable for Applying for Financial Aid

The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) from The School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) in Princeton, New Jersey should be submitted online at Please refer to Applying for Financial Aid for guidance and more information about SSS.

Parents must submit the online Parents’ Financial Statement Form to SSS before April 1. If a student’s parents are divorced or separated, each parent must complete a separate Parents’ Financial Statement and submit it to SSS. The processing time for the online application is normally less than 48 hours.

Parents must submit a copy of the 2016 Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040 and all attached schedules to SSS by April 1. In the case of divorced or separated parents, each parent must submit a copy of the Form 1040 to SSS.

The Financial Aid Committee meets in early May to make financial aid awards. Families are notified by May 15.

Given limited financial aid resources, the School may not be able to meet all demonstrated need for financial aid.

If you have any questions, you may call MaryClare Milner at 469-499-5433 or email her at

Cistercian Preparatory School does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin.