Financial Aid

At Columbus School for Girls, we are committed to making our empowering educational experience accessible to bright, talented girls from all economic backgrounds.

We offer need-based financial assistance to students whose families would otherwise be unable to afford our tuition. For the 2014 - 2015 school year, we awarded over $1,500,000 to 27% of our student body. While we strive to meet the demonstrated need of as many families as possible, it is unusual for financial aid to cover more than half of tuition. All full-day girls, Program for Young Children through grade 12, are eligible to apply for financial aid.

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Process for Current CSG Families

Application Deadline December 1, 2014

Application Process for New Applicants to CSG

Application Deadline February 9, 2015

CSG Financial Aid Policies

  • Financial aid grants at CSG are based on demonstrated need and are intended as a supplement to a family's financial resources. Every family is required to invest something toward their daughter’s education.
  • Families of students receiving financial aid must reapply every year, and financial aid awards will be adjusted to reflect changes in tuition and in a family’s financial circumstances.
  • CSG makes a long-term commitment to continue to provide financial aid to a family as long as they demonstrate need.
  • CSG maintains the same standards of behavior and academic performance for recipients of financial aid as it does for non-recipients.
  • Columbus School for Girls administers its admission, financial aid, and employment policies without regard to race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, or national origin.
  • The financial aid committee uses the analysis provided by School and Student Services by NAIS, our financial aid management system as a starting point, and will consider additional information provided by the family when determining each family’s ability to pay tuition.
  • CSG’s policy regarding divorced, separated, or never-married parents is that both natural parents must complete the financial aid application process (if living). We look for each family’s ability to pay, not their willingness to pay. If the custodial parent has remarried, we also will consider assets of the step-parent (bearing in mind the obligations of that step-parent to his or her own natural children). CSG reserves the right to impute income in the absence of required information.
  • CSG expects both parents to maximize their earning potential. We reserve the right to impute an income for a non-working parent who does not have young children or other family members to care for at home.

The Alumnae Board Scholarship

$15,000/year for 4 years of Upper School

The Alumnae Board Scholarship is a new four-year merit scholarship for rising ninth-grade students. This award will be based solely on academic achievement and potential, and we encourage all intellectually motivated eighth-grade students to apply. For more information, please visit the Merit Scholarship page