Are You Connected to a Headstart Program or Community-Based Organization? If so, you might be eligible for reduced or waived application and/or testing fees.
We would love to hear from you. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 212-860-1401 or
(Directors of Headstart Programs or Community-Based Organizations are encouraged to contact us regarding partnership opportunities!)

Reduced Fee Application

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  • Reduced Fee Text

    The application fee must be paid at the time of submission. However, students in foster care, or those from low-income households, or those who demonstrate financial need based on the federal guidelines listed below, will qualify for a reduced application fee AND/OR reduced testing fees. Any one of the following will be considered:
    • Is the applicant a foster child or a ward of the state, and is s/he considered a household of one person*? (Documentation from the court or social service agency must be provided.)
    • Does the child's family receive some form of public assistance from a city, state, or federal agency? (Official documentation must be provided with this request.)
    • Is the child a member or legal ward of a family with year 2017 gross annual income/resources at or below the following levels? (2017 tax returns must be provided.)
    *1 family member - $22,459 
    2 family members - $30,451
    3 family members - $38,443
    4 family members - $46,435 
    5 family members - $54,427
    6 family members - $62,419
    7 family members - $70,411
    8 family members - $78,403
    *”Household size” is counted as the person who files the taxes AND the number of dependents listed on the family’s current tax statement. 

    Income guidelines are based on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Income Eligibility Guidelines of the National School Lunch Program, effective 7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019.

    For each additional member, add $7,992.
    If eligible, the family must request the reduced fee at the end of the online application submission. When the “Checkout" section of the application is reached, the reduced fee of $20.00 must be paid. Afterward, the supporting (income) documentation for BOTH PARENTS must be submitted to the Admissions Office. Detailed instructions for this part of the process will be emailed to the parent after the application is created. Official documentation must be submitted in the form of 2017 (1040) tax returns, or official documentation of public assistance or grant awards (i.e. budget letter).

    If the reduced fee request is not approved, or if you have additional questions about eligibility, please contact us at the following numbers:

    Elementary School Applicants: 212-860-1401
    High School Applicants: 212-860-1261