Tuition, room, and board for the 2017-2018 academic year is $28,900 per semester. Generally, the cost of attending Maine Coast Semester is roughly one-half of the full-year boarding tuition of our member schools.
In addition to tuition, students have a $350 student account to cover the cost of miscellaneous expenses such as field trip travel, entertainment, and personal academic supplies.
Travel to and from campus at the beginning and end of the semester, as well as during breaks, is the responsibility of the family and is not included in the cost of tuition.
Maine Coast Semester is committed to enrolling a talented and diverse student body. Need-based financial aid provides students with demonstrated need an opportunity for a high-quality academic experience that might otherwise be unavailable to them. We are eager to share in the cost of this education to the best of our ability. The ability to pay full tuition is not a deciding factor in determining whether or not a promising student is admitted to Chewonki. Any student may apply for financial aid.
Maine Coast Semester has established a program based on grants that do not have to be repaid. Financial aid applies to the cost of tuition, room, and board. In the case of extreme hardship, if Chewonki has the resources, the financial aid committee may also award funds to assist a student with travel, books, and equipment. We prefer to have the family obligation paid by the beginning of the student’s semester.
The average award for the 2016-2017 academic year is over $15,000, with approximately 40 percent of students receiving financial aid. In most cases, member schools continue their financial aid awards to students attending Maine Coast Semester.
Financial Aid Forms
A family applying for financial aid from Chewonki should fill out a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online at the School and Student Services (SSS) site of the National Association of Independent Schools, http://sss.nais.org. Select “Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki” to proceed. Our SSS code is 4788. A $47 application fee is charged by SSS once the PFS is submitted. In cases of extreme financial hardship, the fee will be waived.
For students wishing to be considered for financial aid, February 15th is the priority deadline for completing the PFS and submitting it to SSS. Chewonki requires your most recent year W-2 or 1099 and the 2015 federal tax return (see note about Tax Documents below). We prefer that you upload these documents on the PFS online form. If the student is currently receiving financial aid at his or her sending school, please submit directly to Chewonki a copy of the most recent award letter.
Chewonki requires parents’ 2015 federal tax returns, including all schedules, and most recent year W-2 or 1099. We may ask for the 2016 recent federal tax return, including all schedules.
Chewonki has partnered with FACTS Tuition Management Company to offer a payment plan. Families may choose to pay the tuition over several months, selecting the number of monthly installments. All installments must be made by the end of the student’s semester.
- The tuition amount financed will be equal to the full tuition less the enrollment deposit and financial aid (if applicable) plus the $350 student account fee.
- This interest-free plan involves monthly automatic withdrawals from a checking or savings account beginning August 5.
- FACTS will charge a non-refundable enrollment fee of $45 per student and a returned payment fee of $30 as specified on their Automatic Tuition Payment Agreement.
Set up your FACTS account online.
If you would like more information about the company, feel free to visit their website at www.factsmgt.com or call 1-800-624-7092.
Financial Aid Info Sheet
For more information about financial aid at Chewonki, please review our Financial Aid Policies and Procedures.
Questions About Financial Aid
For additional questions, please contact the admissions office at 207-882-7323.