Tuition and Affordability

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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 5-90% 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 to complete the Parents’ Financial Statement. When applying, please use The Philadelphia School code 5752.

In addition to the Parents’ Financial Statement, families must submit a TPS Tuition Assistance Supplement (pdf) and upload copies of the following documents to the SSS portal:

  • 2018 tax returns (1040, W-2s, and all schedules)

  • If you are self-employed or own a business: 2017 and 2018 Schedule C, Schedule E, and/or K1, along with any other pertinent information

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for further assistance, contact Katie Neff, Director of Admissions, at 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.