Financial Aid

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.
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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

  1. After October 2, 2023: Create a School & Student Services (SSS) account
    • Friends Academy school code: 3286
  2. January 5, 2024: Submit the Parent Financial Statement (PFS), 2022 Federal Tax Returns, and signed form 4506-T
  3. February 5, 2024: Upload 2023 W'2 and/or 1099s
  4. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

Questions: Contact Food Services Manager Christina Mariakais at 516-393-4233 or

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.

For further information, please fill out the form below or contact us in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office at: 


Tuition & Fees

2024-2025 Academic Year

Friends Academy has an inclusive tuition plan (ITP). The stated tuition for grades K through 12 includes all mandatory fees and the meal plan.

Lower School:
PlayGroup: $20,900
PreKindergarten: $28,200
Kindergarten: $32,600
Grades 1-4: $38,400

Middle School:
Grades 5-8: $42,400

Upper School:
Grades 9-12: $46,500

Friends Academy will not deny anyone acceptance based on inability to pay full tuition.



Additional Resources

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Financial Aid Brochure

Download our Financial Aid Brochure for information on deadlines to apply, our philosophy, and frequently asked questions.

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School & Student Services Website

Explore SSS's website to discover valuable insights, tips, and information that can make the process of securing financial aid for your child's education more accessible and less daunting.

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If you have questions about our Financial Aid process, fill out the form and a member of our admissions team will be in touch.