Rates and Charges for 2005-06

Lower School                        $23,545
Middle and Upper Schools       $24,545

Tuition includes a daily hot lunch, curriculum fees, and Lower School textbooks. Additional charges include Parents Association dues, Middle and Upper School textbooks, laboratory fees, and athletic equipment.

 Payment Schedule

The School's regular payment schedule requires 70 percent of tuition to be paid by August 1, with the remaining 30 percent due January 1. The School also has a ten-month payment plan and participates in various monthly tuition loan programs.  

Financial Assistance

In keeping with Quaker tenets, Sidwell Friends School seeks a student body that represents varied economic backgrounds. In 2004-05, about 20 percent of our students received approximately $3,400,000 in financial aid. Once a student has been accepted for admission, aid is determined and renewed on the basis of demonstrated financial need without regard to gender, race, religion, or national and ethnic origin.

How Need is Determined

To determine a family's contribution, we use the needs analysis service of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), in Princeton, NJ. SSS considers your total income, assets, number of dependents, cost for all children in fee-charging schools, extraordinary expenses, and retirement needs. The computation tables used reflect need criteria based on a "modest standard of living" as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Sidwell Friends School believes that, to the extent that they are able, parents have an obligation to pay the educational expenses of their children. The purpose of the financial aid program is to fill the gap between the actual cost of a year's tuition and what a family can realistically be expected to pay. Families qualifying for financial aid are also eligible to apply for financial assistance for school-recommended tutoring, school-sponsored transportation, school-sponsored trips, summer studies academic programs, and Lower and Middle School After School Care.

When making financial aid awards, we consider both the availability of funds and the relative needs of all those who have applied for assistance. Your expected contribution is subtracted from our school costs, and the resulting figure is your financial need. Grants from the School cannot exceed this need. Because a family's financial situation can change from year to year, you are asked to reapply for assistance annually. A copy of your IRS Form 1040 is required each year to verify the information provided on your financial aid application.

How to Apply                                                                                                  

Parents of applicants for admission should request financial aid information by checking the appropriate box on the back of Part I, the admissions application form. In January we will send you a Parents' Financial Statement that you need to complete and send to the School and Student Service in Princeton, NJ, by February 1. We will also need to receive your 2005 IRS 1040 form no later than March 1.

If the financial aid file is complete by early March, parents of applicants accepted for admission can expect to be notified of their eligibility for financial assistance at the same time that they learn of their acceptance to the School. Awards are made for currently enrolled students in February.

Sidwell Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid and loan programs, physical education program, or other School-sponsored programs and activities, or in the hiring and terms of employment of faculty and staff. Except for special consideration that may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends, the School does not discriminate on the basis of religion in any of these respects. Disabled applicants (or disabled family members of applicants) requiring any type of accommodation during the application process or otherwise are encouraged to identify themselves and indicate what type of accommodation is needed. Sidwell Friends School is committed as an institution to the ideal of diversity with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, economics, gender, sexual orientation and physical disability in its student body, faculty and staff.

Type of Assistance

Grants are made to students at all grade levels and range from $2,000 per year to full tuition. Unlike a loan, a grant does not need to be repaid by the recipient. It is hoped, however, that recipients and their parents will make an effort to repay their grants, in whole or in part, at a future date, thereby enabling the School to award similar aid to future applicants. This is not a requirement, but rather a long-range goal.

The Annual Fund

Like most independent schools, Sidwell Friends' operating expenses exceed the revenue from tuition and fees. As a non-profit, independent educational institution, we depend on our parents, alumni, and friends for voluntary support. All parents are asked to contribute to Fair Share, an annual giving program that helps balance our operating budget. All contributions are tax-deductible.

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