Tuition and Affordability

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A strong financial aid 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 aid 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 financial aid applications and determine awards.

To begin the application, go to  In addition to the application, families must submit the TPS Financial Aid Supplement.

For help completing the Parent's Financial Statement or TPS Financial Aid 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 financial aid program, please call or email Frances Hoover at [email protected] or 215-545-5323, ext 278.

In addition to offering financial aid, 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

  • Financial Aid applications open - 10/2/18

  • Financial Aid application deadline for families new to aid - 1/6/19

  • Financial Aid application deadline for families currently receiving aid - 1/6/19

  • Enrollment Agreements due (current students) - 1/25/19

  • Enrollment Agreements Due (new students) - 3/1/19


For more information, download the SSS Family Guide to Financial Aid and/or visit their website to access additional resources.


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.