Funding an Independent School Education
A Germantown Friends School 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 cost of lunch, field trips and activities, books and reading materials, athletics uniforms, and some other small program fees that are particular to certain classes. After School Program, private transportation costs, and private music lessons (optional) are also not included.
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 35% of GFS families receive financial aid. The Financial Aid Committee's process is completely separate from the admissions process; applying for aid has no bearing on admissions decisions.
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.
In keeping with the Quaker testimony of equality and our school’s commitment to diversity, Germantown Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, political beliefs, or citizenship status, in the administration of application for admissions and/or financial aid.