As we seek to make a GFS education accessible and affordable, our financial aid program assists families with tuition costs and activity fees. A robust financial aid budget supports our commitment to a socioeconomically diverse school community. Approximately 33 percent of GFS families receive financial aid. Applying for aid has no bearing on our admissions decisions; no student is denied admission because of financial need. Germantown Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its financial aid program.
The deadline for submitting financial aid applications, as well as supporting documents, is January 5, 2018.
Financial aid award letters for new and current families are mailed shortly after February 1, 2018.
Acceptance of the award is indicated by return of the signed enrollment agreement(s) and submission of non-refundable deposit(s) by February 9, 2018, for current families (including those with a newly-accepted sibling); and by March 1, 2018, for new families.
The non-refundable enrollment deposit(s) are credited to the upcoming year’s tuition balance.
A GFS education is an important investment in your child’s future. Tuition and activity fees cover the cost of tuition and most grade-wide activities. They do not cover the costs of lunch, non-grade-wide field trips and activities, books and reading materials, sports uniforms and some other small program fees that are particular to certain classes. Extended day programming, including ASPire and after-school clubs, private instrumental music lessons, and private transportation costs are optional and also not included.
We expect parents to give their children’s GFS education very high priority in their financial planning and to consider seriously all family resources and assets (including possible help from such sources as stepparents and grandparents) before applying for financial aid.