Tuition and Affordability


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 its urban environment. Our goal is to make TPS affordable to students regardless of financial limitations. Approximately $1.4M of aid is distributed annually to 24% of TPS families. Awards are based on need and range from 5% to 90% of tuition. We encourage all interested families to apply. Families from a variety of income levels have qualified for tuition assistance, which is available for students entering preschool through middle school.

The Philadelphia School employs School and Student Services (SSS), a national program managed by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) that collects and analyzes financial data provided by families. To access the application, go to For details on how to apply, access instructions and the TPS Financial Aid supplement here

The Financial Aid Committee's process is completely separate from the admissions process; applying for aid has no bearing on admissions decisions. For more information about our financial aid program, please call or email Alison Fritz

In addition to financial aid, The Philadelphia School offers several extended payment plans.  These plans allow families to spread tuition payments over two, four, or 10 months.

Tuition assistance funds are also available from other national and local organizations.  For a list of scholarship providers by state or tuition loan programs, please access 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 consult their website.

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.