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Students can be placed at The Norman Howard School one of two ways - by their home school district or placed privately by their parent or guardian. 



District Placement (100% Tuition Paid By District)


When students are placed at The Norman Howard School by their home school district Committee on Special Education, their families are not responsible for tuition or transportation. The school district assumes all tuition and transportation costs.  The majority of our students are ultimately placed by their home school district.



Private Placement


For families pursuing private placement, The Norman Howard School awards financial aid scholarships that are based on a financial need and the availability of fundsMany families are given a generous financial aid package.

The following items must be completed and received by The Norman Howard School by April 30th for returning families and June 1st for new families.  If this deadline is missed, your access to financial aid may be compromised. 

Applying for Financial Aid

  1. The student must be accepted by The Norman Howard School.

  2. Information on how to apply for financial aid is mailed home with the acceptance letter.   

  3. Parents apply for financial aid on-line through School and Student Services (SSS). SSS charges a $60 non-refundable fee.

  4. The Report of Family Contribution (RFC) must be received by NHS by April 30th (returning families) and June 1st (new families).  This report is generated after parents/guardians complete and submit the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) to SSS.

  5. In addition, the following documents must be uploaded electronically to SSS. 

    1. New York State Resident Income Tax Return​

    2. Form 1040 with all supporting schedules

    3. Recent paystub

    4. Recent mortgage statement or lease agreement 

Financial Aid Timeline


The NHS Financial Aid Committee will meet and award financial aid to families who qualify. Award letters are mailed home by June 30th. Additional allocations of financial aid may be distributed after the first round, if funds are available.  Late applications are accepted for these distributions.

For a full explanation of funding options and financial aid options, please contact Julie Murray at or 585-210-4721.

Can Our Family Afford Norman Howard?

Families are often first to recognize their child needs a different setting to be successful in school, but finding and securing the right setting is challenging.

Many families secure district funding for placement at The Norman Howard School. This means 100% of tuition is paid in full and transportation is provided by your school district. If your child is accepted, we will work with you throughout the CSE process (which can be extensive) in hopes of helping you secure the services and support your child needs to succeed in school.

We are committed to making our school affordable for families who are not able to or choose not to secure district funding and offer need-based financial aid.​

If you feel The Norman Howard School is the right fit for your child- let's have a conversation!


Financial Aid

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