Affording Friends Academy
Our Quaker values guide our commitment to welcoming talented and highly qualified students regardless of their background or financial circumstances. We strive to make Friends Academy affordable for all academically exceptional students by extending need-based financial aid.
We recognize the commitment involved in paying for a private school K-12 education. We work with our families to make Friends Academy’s rigorous and engaging learning environment an affordable reality for their children.
– Taisha Thompson, Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid
Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
2024-2025 Academic Year
- After October 2, 2023: Create a School & Student Services (SSS) account
- Friends Academy school code: 3286
- December 15, 2023: Submit the Parent Financial Statement (PFS), 2022 Federal Tax Returns, and signed form 4506-T
- February 5, 2024: Upload 2023 W'2 and/or 1099s
- April 18, 2024: Upload 2023 Federal Tax Returns
You may update and review the status of your Financial Aid application via the SSS account portal.
Who is eligible for need-based financial aid?
Friends Academy offers financial aid to qualifying families with students entering Kindergarten through Grade 12. Our financial aid program is need-based, and grants are awarded to families of qualified admission candidates who demonstrate financial need.
What makes a financial aid application complete?
A financial aid application is complete once the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), tax documentation (1040 and W2’s), a 4506 Form, and a recent pay stub are submitted.
How are financial aid grants determined?
Need-based financial aid is granted at the school’s discretion and takes into account each family’s unique financial situation as demonstrated through income, assets, expenses, etc. Financial aid awards are only allocated once the SSS file is complete. Upon review of the file, other documentation may be required.
Will my application for financial aid impact my admission decision?
Decisions about admission and financial aid are made separately, but information about an award will accompany the decision letter.
What do I do if I cannot afford the grant being offered?
Families may appeal their financial aid award by writing to the Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid. A letter of appeal should include a detailed explanation as to why the decision is being appealed, along with any additional documentation that will support the request.
Will I continue to receive financial aid for the duration of my student's tenure at Friends Academy?
Financial aid grants are valid for that academic year only, and families must re-submit an updated PFS and documents annually to determine eligibility. Families receiving aid can reasonably expect continued support in line with what they have been receiving, assuming their financial circumstances remain consistent.
What is the Inclusive Meal Plan?
As part of our inclusive tuition plan, all students, from Kindergarten through twelfth grade receive a daily hot lunch in our Dining Commons. Students have a variety of choices, including salad bar, hot lunch, sandwiches and grill station. Click here for Weekly Menus.
Early Childhood children bring their lunch to eat in the Early Childhood Center kitchen space.
In-class Snacks: All students in Grades Kindergarten - 5th grade are served a light snack either mid-morning or mid-afternoon in their classrooms. Middle School students are offered fresh fruit during the day.
Purchasing breakfast and snacks: Both breakfast and afternoon snack items are available for purchase in the Dining Commons. All Lower School students receive a daily snack, which is eaten in the classroom. Middle School students enjoy fresh fruit at the end of the school day.
Friends Academy dining services are provided by Flik Independent School Dining. Flik and Friends Academy work in tandem to promote and enhance the school's health and wellness and sustainability programs.
Grades 1-4: $37,100
Grades 5-8: $41,000
Grades 9-12: $44,900
Friends Academy will not deny anyone acceptance based on inability to pay full tuition.
OF STUDENTS RECEIVE SOME FORM OF FINANCIAL AID