Tuition and Affordability

Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 4.06.24 PM.png

A strong tuition assistance program supports The Philadelphia School’s commitment to a student body that reflects the ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of our city.  Approximately $1.8M of tuition assistance is distributed annually to 24% of TPS families. Awards are based on need and range from 5% to 90% of tuition. Families from a variety of income levels have qualified for tuition assistance, and we encourage all interested families to apply. 

The Philadelphia School uses School and Student Services (SSS), a program managed by the National Association of Independent Schools to collect and analyze tuition assistance applications and determine awards.

To begin the application, go to  In addition to the application, families must submit the TPS Tuition Assistance Supplement.

For help completing the Parent's Financial Statement or TPS Tuition Assistance Supplement, please refer to our instruction sheet, read our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact SSS directly at 1-800-344-8328.  For more information about our tuition assistance program, please call or email Katie Neff at [email protected] or 215-545-5323, ext 238.

In addition to offering tuition assistance, The Philadelphia School has several extended payment plans that allow families to spread tuition payments over two, four, or ten months.

Important dates and deadlines

  • Tuition Assistance applications open - October 2

  • Tuition Assistance application deadline for families new to assistance - January 2

  • Tuition Assistance application deadline for families currently receiving assistance - December 1

  • Enrollment Agreements due (current students) - January 25

  • Enrollment Agreements Due (new students) - March 1


For more information, visit the SSS resource page.

Additional TUITION Assistance Programs

Tuition assistance funds are also available from national and local organizations.  For a list of scholarship providers by state or tuition loan programs, please go to the National Association of Independent Schools website for more information. 

The Children’s Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia is one the largest local providers of scholarships. For additional information, please consult their website.

*Tuition at The Philadelphia School includes all instructional materials (including textbooks), early morning care (7:30am), morning snack, field trips, and sports uniforms. There are annual parent association dues of $45 per family to  help The Philadelphia School Association coordinate and sponsor school events and special cultural and educational programs.

The Philadelphia School does not discriminate in the administration of its financial aid policies because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or age in violation of existing state or federal law or regulations.