Affording a Stoneleigh-Burnham Education

In recent years, private school tuitions have increased much more rapidly than family incomes, so, in an effort to make our incredible educational experience accessible to more families in our local community, we have significantly decreased day student tuition and held boarding tuition flat for the 2020-21 school year.

SBS is committed to making its education affordable to families from a wide economic range. Enrolling a talented and diverse student body – bright students with a variety of experiences and backgrounds – is central to our mission. Where possible, qualified families may defray a portion of the cost of an SBS education through our allocated funds. Please contact Kristen Mariotti in the Admissions Office for more information.

2020-2021 Tuition (reflects a remote Fall 2020)
Boarding Students $46,312
Day Students (Grades 9-12 & PG year) $21,250
Day Students (Grades 7-8) $17,250


By implementing a new commitment to private school affordability, Stoneleigh-Burnham School is on the leading edge of an important trend in independent school education. The School’s new tuition rates will make an SBS education a possibility for more local girls and will enrich the academic and co-curricular experience for all SBS students.

 Reason for Reset

SBS has been a part of the Pioneer Valley community for the past 150 years and is committed to giving back to that community as we move into our next 150 years. With this tuition reset, our goals are to:

  • Enrich the classroom and co-curricular experience for all through the addition of more local girls who will thrive at SBS.
  • Join the ranks of independent schools that are taking the lead in making independent school education more affordable.
  • Connect us more closely with the Pioneer Valley community.


Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) is committed to enrolling a diverse student body comprised of students who are appropriate for our mission and our program. In order to enroll, families are expected to be responsible for full tuition each year. We realize that this is a considerable investment. We also are aware that not all families are able to afford the total cost of this exceptional education.

Financial Aid awards are determined by the financial need of the family, taking into consideration a family’s income and expenses, assets and debts, number of family members, cost of living index, etc. In addition to need-based financial aid, Stoneleigh-Burnham School offers scholarships.

When granting financial aid awards, SBS is, in essence, investing in a partnership with each of the most qualified students requesting financial aid. It is expected that these students uphold their commitment to the partnership by exhibiting their greatest efforts in academics, athletics, arts, leadership, community service opportunities, and all other aspects of school life.

SBS has an annual financial aid budget of approximately $2.5 million, and provides need-based financial aid awards to approximately 40% of our students. The requests and need for financial aid far exceed our budget. Therefore, we are not able to offer all accepted students a financial aid award. Some students will be put on a financial aid waitlist, with no promise of receiving financial aid, even if they qualify for such aid.

Financial Aid Procedure

The Admissions Committee reviews application folders and determines which students receive letters of acceptance, regardless of the financial need of the family. Those accepted students whose families have completed and submitted the required financial aid paperwork in a timely manner will then be reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee. Both parents are required to submit all necessary financial documentation, regardless of marital status.

Applying for Financial Aid Online

Applications for financial aid can be made online starting October 2. To apply for financial aid online, visit the School and Student Services’ website. Click on “Apply”. The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) should be completed by both custodial and non-custodial parents/guardians by February 1. Families may estimate income and expenses if exact numbers are not known. The Financial Aid office will make corrections by referring to the IRS form 1040.

SSS resources make it easy to communicate to obtain the financial aid information you need. The Parents’ Financial Statement Workbook is a comprehensive guide to completing the PFS from start to finish featuring line-by-line instructions. The How to Apply for Financial Aid flyer and Family Guide to Financial Aid booklet are available on the SSS website on the Resources tab. Spanish versions of the PFS Workbook and Family Guide are also available.

You can also download free informational webinars that provide valuable tips for completing the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).

Stoneleigh-Burnham School offers seven scholarships annually. Six of them require no formal application; the seventh requires an essay (see C. Robert Wray Scholarship below). All scholarships honor exceptional applicants who will enhance the community of Stoneleigh-Burnham and, ultimately, the broader world. Scholarships do not preclude other financial assistance and are available to both domestic and international students.

Sally Mixsell ‘69 Scholarship

The Sally Mixsell ’69 Endowed Scholarship Fund was created in 2017 through a gift from Laura Richards ‘60S. It honors Sally Leach Mixsell ‘69, Stoneleigh-Burnham Head of School from FY08 to FY18. The donor’s intent is to recognize the outstanding leadership provided by Sally Mixsell to Stoneleigh-Burnham School in her various roles serving on the Alumnae Board, the Board of Trustees, and as Head of School. The donor wishes to encourage alumnae, parents, and friends to contribute to the Scholarship in Sally’s honor. The scholarship will be awarded to a new or returning student who demonstrates leadership and school spirit.

Amy M. Spencer Scholarship

The Amy Spencer Endowed Scholarship Fund was initiated in 2001 by Robert and Sally Spencer in memory of their daughter Amy Marie Spencer ’03. The scholarship was officially established in 2011. Gifts from family and friends have also contributed to the Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a Franklin County resident, based on financial need, to help pay for the cost of day student tuition.

Elizabeth Guyer Ebel Scholarship

The Elizabeth Guyer Ebel Scholarship Fund was established in September 2018 through the Elizabeth Guyer Ebel Trust in memory of Elizabeth Guyer Ebel. Elizabeth “Betty” Guyer Ebel ’49 was a student for just one year at the Mary A. Burnham School. After completing her education, she enjoyed a long career at The New Yorker as a reporter and editor, and maintained a lifelong connection with Stoneleigh-Burnham as a donor. Sadly, Mrs. Ebel and her husband, Donald, passed away within months of each other in 2017. This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving recipient as determined by the Director of Enrollment Management.

The Dorrance Scholarship in Memory of Bonnie Benn Jesser SPH ’63

The family of Jacquelynn Dorrance SPH ’64 has endowed this scholarship in memory of Bonnie Benn Jesser SPH ’63, whose life ended tragically soon after her graduation from Stoneleigh-Prospect Hill School. The Dorrance Scholarship is awarded to a girl who exhibits interest in and enthusiasm for extra-curricular activities. Like Bonnie Benn, she should also have contagious enthusiasm, a strong sense of sportsmanship, and an interest in service to others. This scholarship is granted each year to an incoming student.

The Mr. and Mrs. “E” Alumnae Scholarship

The Mr. and Mrs. “E” Scholarship is named for Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Emerson who led Stoneleigh-Prospect Hill and then Stoneleigh-Burnham from 1950-1970. It is awarded annually to a candidate who has demonstrated above-average academic ability and well-rounded interests and talents in their school community. A strong sense of community responsibility and care for family and friends, traits instilled by the Emersons, are also considered. Preference for this award will be given to a relative of an alumna.

The Iampietro Scholarship

The Iampietro Scholarship was created by alumnae of the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. The scholarship honors Tom and Candy Iampietro, who taught History and English, respectively, at SBS from 1983-2003. Many alumnae, parents, and friends contributed. The scholarship was established to reward a student who demonstrates passion for the Humanities, mirroring what Tom and Candy displayed in their teaching.

The C. Robert Wray Scholarship

The Wray Scholarship is awarded annually to a girl who embodies the characteristics that Mr. Wray endeavored to instill in his students over his 18-year tenure as Headmaster of the School. The recipient must show character, integrity, and a genuine interest in attending Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Equally important is her demonstrated potential for leadership and contribution to the school community as well as proven academic success.

By February 1 of the current school year, the applicant must submit an essay of at least 1,000 words in an editable format (Microsoft Word or Google Doc) expressing what leadership means to her and why she is particularly determined to attend Stoneleigh-Burnham. A panel of alumnae and local leaders helps determine each year’s awardee.

For more information, please email the Admissions Office or call 413-774-2711, ext. 272.

SBS deeply values diversity among its student population and as a result seeks to attract students from all corners of the world. Global scholarships are available to our top international applicants once they have been accepted to SBS. The Global Scholarship provides students with an award ranging from $2,500 – $10,000 USD. The committee reviews the whole student and values strong academic performance, involvement in extracurricular activities, and strong character traits.

Questions? Please contact the admissions team at 413.774.2711 or

Financial aid and scholarship deadlines: 

October 2:  Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) service opens.
February 1: Submit a completed online financial aid application through School and Student Services (SSS).
February 1: C. Robert Wray scholarship essay is due. It is available to both new and returning students.
February 15: Families upload 2018 & 2019 tax returns to their SSS account.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School strives to make the cost of an education affordable for all families. To that end the School offers several payment options that can spread the cost of tuition payments over time. These financing options can help to supplement any need-based financial aid you may already be receiving from Stoneleigh-Burnham School, or they can also be utilized by families who are ineligible for financial aid.

FACTS Monthly Payment Plan (available for domestic students)

The Monthly Payment Plan begins on May 1 and ends on February 1. The enrollment fee to participate in the 10-month plan is $40. The enrollment fee to participate in the four-month payment plan is $20. Participating in the Monthly Payment Plan allows you to make smaller monthly installments throughout the course of the school year to spread out the cost of your daughter’s tuition. Further information can be found on the FACTS website.

 Your Tuition Solution Education Loan (available for domestic students)

This loan offers an interest rate as low as 4.99 percent APR and up to 24.99 percent APR based on the amount financed and the applicant’s credit history. The repayment terms range from 24 to 84 months (2-7 years). Your Tuition Solution has no application or prepayment fees. If you have questions, please contact Your Tuition Solution at 800-920-9777 or visit the Tuition Management Systems website.