Affording RE

Investing in your child's future

Ransom Everglades School is proud to offer a generous financial aid program to ensure that it enrolls a diverse and talented student body. An applicant’s financial circumstances are not considered during the admission process. The school provides over $8.3 million dollars in financial aid and tuition remission annually, which supports 19 percent of the student body with an average grant of $37,988.

2024-25 Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $51,960 including lunch daily
Matriculation Fee: $100 for new students only and not applied toward tuition
Enrollment Fee: $2,500 paid upon enrollment and applied toward tuition
Vouchers: Ransom Everglades does not honor vouchers

Ilija Wan-Simm '19, now a student at Harvard University

"I’m living, breathing proof that Ransom Everglades cares about its students, and if you deserve to be here, they will find a way to support you. With the help of generous financial aid, I can proudly say that I am the only person in my family to attend a private school, and soon I will be the first to go to college."

Donna Johnson, mother of two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashleigh Johnson '12 and Chelsea Johnson '14

“I could not afford what the girls got – but I got it. I feel like I won the lottery. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Financial Aid Instructions for Current Students and New Applicants

Financial aid applications for the 2025-26 school year will be available on September 1, 2024. Current families and new applicant families are encouraged to apply for financial aid starting on September 1. Completed applications using Clarity Tuition should be submitted no later than January 15, 2025. In the case of separated or divorced families, both parents and guardians must submit applications.
To ensure objectivity, Ransom Everglades School uses Clarity Tuition to evaluate applications. Using its assessment and the other documents submitted, RE’s Financial Aid Committee determines how much assistance can be offered to each family based on its financial need.

Questions regarding the financial aid process may be directed to:
Jackie Milanes
Director of Financial Aid and Assistant Director of Admission
305 250 6856

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

List of 2 items.

  • Step 1: Submit financial aid application by January 15, 2025

    Families should submit the online financial aid application with Clarity Tuition.

    If you have several children attending or applying to Ransom Everglades, you only need to complete one application.

    You will set a username and password so that you may save information and return to it at a later time before submitting it.

    As part of the financial aid application, you will e-sign form 4506C Request for Transcript from the IRS. Income information will be populated into your financial aid application directly from your tax information.
  • Step 2: Upload supporting documents to Clarity Tuition

    Families applying for financial aid should upload the following documents directly to Clarity Tuition:

    • January 15, 2025: 2024 W-2 forms for both parents. If unavailable on January 15, upload copy of last pay stub for 2024 for both parents and upload 2024 W-2 immediately upon receipt.
    • February 28, 2025: Complete 2024 Federal Income Tax Return with all schedules and W-2 forms for both parents. Please make any appointments with an accountant in time to have 2024 1040s completed prior to this date.
    • February 28, 2025: If either parent or guardian is self-employed, upload a copy of the 2024 corporate tax returns and all schedules.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Is there a tuition discount for multiple children who attend Ransom Everglades?

    We do not offer a tuition discount for multiple children, but financial aid is offered in the form of annual need-based grants, which are determined through an analysis of family financial need.
  • Are there payment plans available?

    The school has a plan that allows financial aid families to spread the cost over 10 payments without a fee. Full-pay families who prefer not to pay the tuition all at once can either pay in two installments or 10 installments with an additional fee.
  • How is financial aid eligibility determined at Ransom Everglades School?

    A family's eligibility for financial assistance is determined through analysis of information provided on the financial aid application and the family's previous two years of tax returns. The application asks for financial information related to a family's total income and assets (taking into consideration income allowances and certain indebtedness). The tax return copies are used to corroborate information provided on the financial aid application. The Financial Aid Committee then analyzes a family’s financial picture and conducts a review. Clarity Tuition and our financial aid methodology help us determine a family's discretionary income. We will consider a portion of a family's discretionary income available for tuition and related fees.
  • Do I need to re-apply for aid each year?

    Yes. We will ask you to file a new financial aid application and submit your tax returns each year. The school will continue to award a level of aid appropriate for your level of demonstrated need until your child graduates.
  • My spouse is not currently employed. How will that affect Ransom Everglades' analysis of our financial situation?

    We typically consider the earning power of a non-working spouse if there are no legitimate, documented reasons for the spouse to be unemployed.
  • What is the financial aid deadline?

    The financial aid application deadline is January 15.
  • When will I be notified of my award?

    Admission decisions will be emailed on March 1. Financial aid decisions for new applicant students will be included with acceptance of admission.
  • If our child is offered admission to Ransom Everglades with a financial aid grant in year one, can we expect to receive a similar grant in future years?

    Yes. Families of currently enrolled students must go through the financial aid application process each year. Assuming its financial picture remains largely the same, a family can expect to make a similar contribution to tuition and related fees in successive years. The Financial Aid Office will perform an analysis each year to determine eligibility for continued assistance.
  • It would be difficult for us to afford Ransom Everglades School. Should I use up savings and/or borrow to make things work without aid for a year or two and then request aid if I cannot?

    We discourage this approach. When a family submits a “full-pay” application to the school, this communicates that the family will be capable of covering all educational costs for the upcoming year and foreseeable future. Although the school maintains some emergency funds for families who request aid after admission, those funds are reserved for families who encounter unforeseeable financial reversals.
  • What do I do if my family can't afford the Clarity Tuition fee?

    Clarity uses family size, income and asset information in the application to assess a family's financial situation and automatically applies a fee waiver if the family qualifies. Qualifying families simply bypass all payment screens when their application is complete.
  • What financial sacrifices does Ransom Everglades expect families to make when evaluating how much they can afford for tuition and school-related expenses?

    We believe the primary responsibility for financing education rests with families. Our Financial Aid Committee’s goal is to evaluate each family's financial picture in such a manner that the family accepts some financial sacrifice for a Ransom Everglades education. The committee differentiates between necessary expenses and money spent for lifestyle choices. Beyond a certain point, we will not provide aid to offset lifestyle expenditures that could be directed toward education. The parental contribution calculated by the school might differ from the Clarity Tuition calculation. The committee will, for example, consider the potential for income to be earned by a non-working parent who does not have small children at home.
  • What if parents are divorced or separated?

    We believe both parents have an obligation to contribute, to the extent they can, to their children’s educational expenses. We take into account the assets and income of both biological parents. We cannot be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed legally or otherwise responsibility for educational expenses. If either parent has remarried, we will consider the income of the step-parent, keeping in mind the obligation of that step-parent to that parent's biological children. If either parent lives in a household with another adult, we may consider the assets and income of that person, depending on circumstances. In view of this, both biological parents and their current spouses need to fill out separate financial aid applications.
  • Are there exceptions to the above policy?

    Requests to consider extenuating circumstances (such as a missing parent or one who has not provided support and has not been in contact with the family for a lengthy period) should be explained in writing in a letter to the Financial Aid Office.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.