While the primary responsibility for financing a student's independent school education rests with the family, Norfolk Collegiate understands that this may appear to be beyond their means.  Norfolk Collegiate has funds available for need-based financial aid to help ease this burden.



Norfolk Collegiate is committed to making assistance available to as many eligible applicants as possible. To allocate our resources impartially, we have enlisted the help of a third-party program, SmartAid, to provide need-based financial aid analysis. Applications are reviewed by a Financial Aid Committee comprised of school administrators and awards are decided based on the third-party report.

All financial information is held in strict confidence and is reviewed only by those directly responsible for determining need. Admission to the school is independent of need, and a family is informed of any award only after admission to the school has been offered.

For more information about financial aid at Norfolk Collegiate, please contact our Director of Finance Karen Grover at or 757.583.0919.  

Please note that financial aid is not available for our pre-kindergarten program.



Need-based financial aid will be considered on a rolling basis as the budget and enrollment changes allow. Please submit your application for aid and your supporting documents through SmartAid concurrently with your application for admission if your enrollment decision will be dependent upon financial aid. We will make every effort to make the admissions and financial aid decisions at the same time so that you may receive an award offer with your contract, if applicable.

  • Please click here to begin your financial aid application for the 2019-20 academic year using SmartAid.


2019-20 FINANCIAL AID DEADLINES For Current Families

Current families will not be considered for financial aid if they have NOT completed the financial aid application by Jan. 31, 2019, even if they have received awards in previous years.

Jan. 31, 2019: Deadline for financial aid application

  • This is the self-reporting deadline for income and expenses for your family’s household. Families must meet this deadline and submit updated 2018 financial information to be considered in the first round of need-based financial aid for returning students. Norfolk Collegiate will request your tax return before the award is finalized.

Feb. 2: Re-enrollment contracts issued to current families 

  • Estimated financial aid awards will be given along with your family’s re-enrollment contract. The estimate will be applied to the contract to help families prepare financially.

Feb. 15: Deadline for re-enrollment 

  • If families do not respond to our contract offer by this deadline, we reserve the right to reassign the award to a new student. This is the deadline for the financial aid application if your family has a new student enrolling and wants to be considered for a need-based award.

Feb. 16: Late fees are issued 

  • We will assess a late fee of $200 to families who choose to sign their re-enrollment contracts after the Feb. 15 deadline. This will be charged to their student account(s).

March 12: Decisions for financial-aid awards issued to new families

  • These decisions will go out with new contract offers. Families need to upload their taxes to secure their final need-based aid for next year. Financial aid awards will be given to families with the new contract assuming they have completed the financial aid application.

March 31: Remaining aid distributed

  • If funds for financial aid remain after re-enrollment contacts and new enrollment contracts have been issued and received, the Business Office will consider additional need-based financial aid offers. New financial aid applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the budget is spent.  


How to apply for financial aid  

Every family seeking financial aid, whether new applicants or currently enrolled, must complete the financial aid application each year. It does not roll over automatically.

One change to the 2019-20 financial aid process is the addition of SmartAid which replaces FAST. If you started your 2019-20 financial aid process through FAST, please continue to use that system.

If not, please click here to begin your financial aid application for the 2019-20 academic year using SmartAid.

  • You will need to create an account. Once created, please select "Norfolk Collegiate's School" using code 14316
  • Please click here to view instructions on using SmartAid, as well as a frequently asked questions.
  • There is a non-refundable $35 fee required to complete the SmartAid application. Once completed, the application becomes available immediately for review by the Financial Aid Committee. Financial aid awards will not be finalized and communicated to you until SmartAid has verified your tax information. You may be contacted by the Business Office if additional information is needed.  


Additional Financial Aid Resources