Tuition, Financial Aid & Hours

Hours of Operation

  • Small School Hours: 8:30 am - 1 pm with the option of Extended Day through 2:30 pm
  • Small School with Extended Day every day: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Upper School Hours: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm with the option of Extended Day through 5:10 pm
  • Middle School Hours: 7:55 am - 2:15 pm with the option of Extended Day through 5:10 pm


For information on tuition, please contact our office at 508.228.0427

Available payment plans:

  • In one full payment by February
  • After a commitment fee of $750, with one payment by March
  • After a commitment fee of $750, in four payments, April through August
  • After a commitment fee of $750, in ten payments, April through January

Financial Aid:

Families requesting financial aid must demonstrate a financial need and file United States IRS tax documents. Nantucket Lighthouse School subscribes to the principles of good practice and services of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). Nantucket Lighthouse School requires families who are applying for financial aid to complete the Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS). The PFS is administered by SSS.  These forms are available on line at

The PFS form is analyzed by SSS and the results are mailed directly to Nantucket Lighthouse School. The results guide the Financial Aid Committee in determining whether or not a family qualifies for grants and, if so, how much should be awarded. Please note: admissions decisions are made independently of financial aid awards.

In 2015, Nantucket Lighthouse School launched the Head, Heart and Hand Scholarship Fund to provide additional financial support to qualifying families where there is demonstrated need and the typical financial aid award is simply not enough. 

How is Financial Need determined?

SSS determines need by using a formula which takes into consideration all areas of a family’s financial situation. For example:

  • Incomes of both parents (taxable and non-taxable)
  • Number of dependents
  • Number of children attending tuition-charging schools
  • Living expenses
  • Retirement
  • Medical expenses
  • Debts and unusual expenses

Please remember that because a family’s financial situation may change from year to year, it is necessary to apply for aid annually.

How do I apply for Financial Aid?

Step #1:
Submit a completed PFS form to SSS with the appropriate fee online at  Request that the results be sent to the Nantucket Lighthouse School (code 3107).

Your form should be submitted to SSS no later than Friday, February 8, 2019.

Step #2:
Send a letter to the Lighthouse School Financial Aid Committee describing your family’s financial situation.  If you are a currently enrolled family, list the ways in which you have participated in the fund raising and/or maintenance of the School in 2018-2019.

This letter should include financial information not included on the PFS and state a specific monetary request for funds. 

Your letter should be submitted to Lighthouse School no later than Friday, February 8, 2019. Letters can be dropped off at 1 Rugged Road or emailed to

Step #3:
Upload a signed copy of your 2018 Federal Tax Form 1040 with all your supporting schedules and a copy of your 2018 W-2 to SSS no later than Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

If parents file separately, both parents must submit their tax information.

Awards will be announced by mail on or before March 31, 2019.

In the case of divorce or separation, the assets of both parents are taken into consideration. Both custodial and non-custodial parents are required to fill out the PFS and submit the necessary tax documentation. When a parent has remarried, the assets of the step-parent may also be considered a resource, bearing in mind the obligation of the step-parent to his or her own children. The assets of the step-parent should also be included on the custodial parent PFS. Note: the omission of this information may be a determining factor in the granting of financial aid.

All financial aid applications and information are held in the strictest confidence. 

Late forms, errors, omissions in the PFS or letter may negatively effect your child’s chance of receiving an award.

Learn more about the Nantucket Lighthouse School's Financial Aid program here.

Questions?  Call or email our Business Manager Tracy Murray at 508-228-2609.

Attend an Admissions Event

Space is limited and so we ask you to pre-register for these sessions by calling our office at 508.228.0427 or registering online.