Financial Aid

Financial Aid Program Description

As we seek to make the 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.

Funding an Independent School Education

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. The After School Program (ASP), private instrumental music lessons and private transportation costs (optional) are 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.


Important Information

The deadline for submitting financial aid applications, as well as supporting documents, is January 6, 2017

Financial aid award letters for new and current families are mailed on or about February 2, 2017.

Acceptance of the award is indicated by return of the signed enrollment agreement(s), submission of non-refundable deposit(s) and the signed award acceptance form(s) by February 12, 2017, for current families (including those with a newly-accepted sibling); and by March 1, 2017, for new families.

The non-refundable enrollment deposit(s) are credited to the upcoming year’s tuition balance.