LREI seeks to enroll strong, inquisitive learners, regardless of their ability to pay full tuition. Our Financial Aid program supports LREI's mission to build community and to foster a learning environment that includes a diversity of cultures, viewpoints and experiences.
Our financial aid program's key purpose is to help families to bridge the economic gap between what they can afford and the cost of tuition. LREI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other legally protected class in the administration of its financial aid program.
We strongly encourage all interested families to apply. Families from a wide range of income levels have qualified for financial aid, and aid is available to students at all grade levels. Awards are granted to students on the basis of need and availability of funds. Notification of awards is provided at the time of acceptance. Awards are granted for one year at a time, and must be applied for annually. An applicant's need for financial aid does not affect admission eligibility.
Families interested in applying for financial aid should check the appropriate box on the admissions application.  Families must complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) form on the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) website and submit federal tax returns with all schedules for two recent tax years. Both custodial and non-custodial parents must complete the PFS forms and submit tax information. If only one parent is legally and/or financially responsible for the applicant, supporting documentation must be provided. Additional documentation is also required for business owners and self-employed individuals. All financial information is kept confidential and is only shared with the financial aid committee.
The deadline for submission of all materials to LREI is December 15, 2017. Due to the high volume of requests, it is critical that families submit all requested materials in a timely manner. Award letters are mailed with acceptance letters according to the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) notification guidelines.

If you have questions, please contact Michele Blackwell, Director of Financial Aid at 212-477-5316 ext. 307.


Tuition is payable in three installments after the initial enrollment deposit: April 1, July 1, and November 1. A 10-month payment plan is available through Smart Tuition for families awarded financial aid. Tuition-refund insurance is recommended for all enrolled families. Current tuition for Fours through Twelfth Grades for the academic year 2017-2018 is $43,950.

LREI Financial Aid Instructions

Key Financial Aid Information

  • Families that enroll at LREI without Financial Aid are not eligible to apply for Aid until three years of attendance have elapsed. Families who are already attending the school will be asked to demonstrate a change in financial circumstances. Priority for Aid dollars will be given to those families who can demonstrate a significant change, however Financial Aid is not guaranteed to any student.
  • All financial information submitted is kept confidential.
  • Financial Aid decisions are made independently of Admissions decisions.
  • Decisions regarding aid awards are based solely on financial need.
  • Parent and student assets are considered in determining financial aid.
  • The cost for Afterschool is offered at a discounted rate to families receiving financial aid.
  • For new applicants to LREI, aid cannot be considered unless all financial obligations from previous schools have been paid in full.
An application fee reduction code is available to all applicants upon request. Applicants from partner programs will receive a fee waiver. Please submit all waiver and reduction requests by email to

Additional Fees

Each and every student will have access to the core experience at LREI, regardless of socio-economic background. Tuition covers the cost of most school-related activities and trips taken throughout the year. There are some years where an additional fee may be associated with a grade level trip or activity. When these instances occur, the school will provide additional support for each child to participate based on their family’s demonstrated financial need. Below is a list of grade level trips and associated fees:

 Trip Fee
 Third Grade Farm Trip
 Fourth Grade Farm Trip
 Fifth and Sixth Grade Ashokan Trip
 Seventh Grade Williamsburg Trip
 Eighth Grade Washington D.C. Trip
 Eighth Grade France Trip (optional) 
 Eighth Grade Spain Trip (optional)
 Eighth Grade China Trip (optional)
 Ninth Grade Orientation/Ramapo Trip
 No additional fee
 Tenth Grade Massachusetts Trip
 No additional fee
 Eleventh Grade Place-Based Research Trip
 No additional fee