Federation Tuition Incentive Program

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Download this brochure (PDF, 297 KB)

Download the Federation Tuition Incentive Program application (PDF, 184 KB)


Incentives are not need-based and are determined after Syracuse Hebrew Day School (SHDS) tuition and financial aid is established. Accordingly, tuition incentives are limited to the total tuition actually paid by recipient families.

  • The program is open to current and new SHDS families.
  • A family will be reimbursed up to $7,500 for their first child enrolled in SHDS.
  • A family will be reimbursed up to $1,800 for each additional child enrolled in SHDS.
  • An enrolled SHDS family who refers a new family that enrolls a child in SHDS will be reimbursed up to $1,800.
  • Every family household receiving a Tuition Incentive Program grant, including referral grants, must make an annual contribution to the Jewish Federation of Central New York.
  • Families receiving Tuition Incentive Program grants must be current and in good standing with SHDS.

The Jewish Federation of Central New York recognizes the critical importance to our community of maintaining a vibrant Jewish day school. The immersive environment provides each child with the elementary foundation of Jewish values that we have treasured and developed as a people for thousands of years.

“Only at the Syracuse Hebrew Day School can a child receive a top-notch secular primary education while also receiving a level of Jewish education that even the finest synagogue or afternoon school cannot match.”    - Syracuse Rabbinic Council

Through a gift from the estate of Claire D. Selzer, the Federation has committed at least $200,000 to fund the Jewish Federation Tuition Incentive Program to assist families attending SHDS. The goal is to help more of our children take advantage of this unparalleled educational experience.


Enrollment Incentive
For new and existing family households.

The first or only child
Families enrolling their first child in SHDS will be reimbursed up to $7,500 (up to $5,000 the first year and up to $2,500 the second year).

Additional children
Each enrolled sibling is eligible for up to $1,800 in tuition reimbursement over four years. This will be payable at the rate of $450 per year per additional child enrolled.

Referral Incentive
All enrolled SHDS families are eligible to participate in the referral incentive.

An enrolled SHDS family (Jewish or non-Jewish) who refers a Jewish family enrolling in SHDS for the first time will receive an incentive of up to $1,800 paid over four years ($450 per year). Both the referring family and the new SHDS family must continue to maintain students enrolled in SHDS simultaneously in order for the referring family to receive the referral incentive.


Download the Federation Tuition Incentive Program application (PDF, 184 KB)

Or, you may pick up a hard copy from the Federation or SHDS offices.

Questions? Please contact Don Cronin at 315-445-2040, ext. 118, or dcronin@jewishfederationcny.org.