GO Affordable

Choosing a Jewish day school education for your child is an important decision, and we recognize the choice you have made to invest in your child’s Jewish education.

We think of financial aid as an investment in your family. Like you, we look toward building on our rich community and traditions and endeavor to inspire and educate tomorrow’s leaders – your children. Here at Golda Och Academy, we work in partnership with every family to bring the cost of our incomparable education within reach. The Greater MetroWest Jewish Day School Affordability Initiative (“Tuition MAX”) was created to ensure the total cost of tuition does not exceed 18% of a family’s adjusted gross income if they earn between $150,000 and $325,000 and have liquid assets less than $500,000. At Golda Och Academy, we are happy to be able to cap tuition at no more than 15% for families at the top of the range and 10% for families at the lower end of the range. The Tuition MAX program has a streamlined application and indexes tuition-to-income, enabling you to budget tuition for future years – no matter how many children you have in the school. If the Tuition MAX program does not work for a family’s specific situation, the family may apply for traditional financial aid and qualify for up to a 70% reduction of tuition. If your income is in the specified range, the Tuition MAX program calculation is the maximum you will pay for tuition, but you may qualify for a greater reduction through the financial aid program.

Golda Och Academy is able to invest in the education of future Jewish leaders due to the extraordinary generosity of loyal donors and alumni. We are extremely grateful for the support of Paula and Jerry Gottesman Family Foundation and the Jane and Dan Och Family Foundation for bringing our middle income affordability program to life.

Click on Tuition Reduction Program Details below to find the best affordability program for your family.


Learn How GOA's Tuition Reduction Options May Be Right For You

Application Deadline for 2018-2019 Academic Year:
December 31, 2017

Which Program Should I Apply For?

What is my AGI?
You can find your Adjusted Growth Income (AGI) on Line 37 of your IRS 1040 Form.

My AGI is less than $150,000
Click here to apply for traditional Financial Aid.

My AGI is between $150,000 and $325,000. I have mostly W-2 income and less than $500,000 in liquid assets, excluding home equity. I am happy to pay between 10% and 15% of my AGI and don't want to share all of my financial details.
Click here to apply for Tuition MAX.

My AGI is between $150,000 and $325,000 but I don't meet the other eligibility requirements of the MAX program, or I have extraordinary expenses.
Click here to apply for traditional Financial Aid.

I still can't decide!
When in doubt, apply for traditional Financial Aid.

What's The Difference Between MAX and Traditional Financial Aid?

List of 2 items.

  • Tuition MAX Program

    • Simple application and first two pages of tax return (unless you have Schedule C or E income)
    • No disclosure of detailed financial information
    • Liquid assets (excluding home equity and retirement) must be below $500,000 to qualify
    • Tuition calculated as a percent of income, between 10% and 15%
  • Traditional Financial Aid

    • Full disclosure of assets, liabilities, and expenses
    • Full tax return submission and independent verification of application materials
    • Tuition calculated based on your personal financial situation

Jewish Communal Professional Discount

Families with at least one parent working as a qualified Jewish Communal Professional will receive an automatic discount of $1,500 (per family, not per child).  All that is required is to answer the employment questions at the time of enrollment (no application!).
  • Eligibility:  one parent must be working full time as clergy in a synagogue, a director level position in a synagogue or a management level position at a Jewish Federation or Federation affiliated Jewish agency.
  • Restrictions:  while this discount can supplement financial aid, it may not reduce the family’s tuition below the policy minimum. 
"We would like to thank GOA and the Och Family for the generous tuition gift. We are very happy with the education our son receives at GOA and it is your generous tuition assistance that makes it possible for us to send him. The sense of community, Yiddishkeit, and the love of Israel that GOA instills in him daily, will last a lifetime.  Thank you again for affording our family this opportunity. As SSDSEU alumni, we take great pride in sending our children to GOA."
—Golda Och Academy Family

Webinar: Paying for GOA, An Investment in Your Family, presented by Julia Malaga, Chief Financial Officer, Golda Och Academy

2017-2018 Tuition

  Per Year Per Month Per Day
Pre-K 12,600 1,050 35
Kindergarten 19,910 1,659 55
Grade 1 21,265 1,772 58
Grade 2 21,265 1,772 58
Grade 3 21,265 1,772 58
Grade 4 21,265 1,772 58
Grade 5 21,840 1,820 60
Grade 6 24,035 2,003 66
Grade 7 27,220 2,268 75
Grade 8 27,220 2,268 75
Grade 9 31,115 2,593 85
Grade 10 31,940 2,662 88
Grade 11 31,940 2,662 88
Grade 12 31,115 2,593 85

The tuition above does not include the Building Maintenance Fee for new families which is payable in two annual installments of $1,000 each beginning in 1st grade.
The following grade-level activity fees will be billed automatically at the time of enrollment so families may roll them into their payment plan and avoid having to pay separately during the year to the school: 5th grade Philadelphia trip ($45), 5th Grade Torah Reading Kiddush ($25), 6th grade Environmental trip ($335), 8th grade DC trip ($270), 9th grade Israel trip ($2,600), Athletic Fee ($75 only if your child participates). Upper School Shabbatonim will be automatically billed (ranging from $200 to $260); if your child will not participate in a Shabbaton, you may notify the Business Office to have the charge removed.

Golda Och Academy is able to reduce the tuition for more than half of our families as a result of our Building on Tradition endowment campaign and the generous support of our Annual Fund donors.

2017-2018 Bus Fees

Round Trip
One Way or
Half Year
Bergen County 5,050 3,030
Essex County* 4,120 2,472
Middlesex County/Raritan Valley 5,050 3,030
Morris Couhty 5,050 3,030
Passaic County 5,050 3,030
Somerset County 5,665 3,399
Union County 4,750 2,850

*Note: West Orange, Livingston, and South Orange/Maplewood residents are eligibile for busing provided by the towns. This fee schedule is for residents of other Essex County towns who require private transportation.

The one-way fee is more than 50% of the round trip fee due to a discount built-in for round trip transportation.


More details about financing your Golda Och Academy education can be obtained from our Business Office, 973-602-3793.