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. Families from a variety of income levels have qualified for tuition assistance and we encourage all interested families to apply. 

The Philadelphia School employs School and Student Services (SSS), a national program managed by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to collect and analyze the financial aid applications and determine awards.

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

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Aid.

For help completing the Parent's Financial Statement or TPS Financial Aid Supplement, refer to our instruction sheet.  For more information about our financial aid program, please call or email Alison Fritz at 215-545-5323 ext 227 .

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.


Important dates and deadlines

Financial Aid applications open - 10/24/16
Financial Aid application deadline for families new to aid - 1/15/17
Financial Aid application deadline for families currently receiving aid - 1/15/17
Enrollment Agreements due (current students) - 1/25/17
Enrollment Agreements Due (new students) - 3/1/17



To learn more about the financial aid process, SSS has provided additional resources for families here as well as a webinar series, which can be accessed here.


Additional 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 includes all instructional materials (including textbooks), early morning care, morning snack, local field trips, and sports uniforms. There are annual parent association dues of $35 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.