Tuition & Assistance
PMFS is committed to making its program accessible to a diverse community, knowing that diversity of all kinds is the foundation of a strong globally conscious community.
In the 2019-20 school year, 66% of our students receive financial aid, with PMFS awarding $650,000 in aid. In 2018-19, the average tuition for students in Kindergarten–Sixth Grade was $15,800; a limited number of full and exceptional aid awards reduced tuition even lower. All financial aid awards are made on the basis of financial need.
PMFS tuition rates are approved annually by the School Committee, the governing board of the school. Holding tuition increases to a minimum is a matter of priority for the School Committee, balanced with its responsibility for the long-term health of the school. For 2020-21, the School is pleased to announce there will be no increase in tuition.
We appreciate the investment that our families make to provide a strong foundation for their child’s future through their commitment to joining the Plymouth Meeting Friends School community.
What Does Tuition Include?
- Before-school Care (starting at 7:30 am)
- Day field trips
- Books and instructional materials
|Pre-K -- 3 full days or 5 half days||$14,725|
|Pre-K -- 4 full days||$16,450|
|Pre-K -- 5 full days||$18,185|
|First – Sixth Grade||$23,570|
What Additional Fees Do Families Pay?
Admission and Enrollment Fees
|Registration Fee (For new students: one-time, non-refundable)||$200|
|Enrollment Deposit (Credited toward tuition)||$750|
|Tuition insurance (Required for new families; optional thereafter)||2.9% of Tuition|
Overnight Trip Fees
Experiential learning at its best, PMFS overnight trips increase students’ resilience, build on their curiosity, provide opportunities for academic and social-emotional growth… Oh, and they are great adventures too!
|2020-21, expected||Overnight Trip Fees|
*Financial aid is available for the Mexican Exchange Program
Optional Programs with Fees
- Beyond the Bell, after-school care, between 3:00 and 6:00 pm
- Vacation Care (on select days when school is closed)
- PTO-run food program
Tuition Payment Plans
Tuition may be paid in one of three ways:
- One payment of full tuition (with 2% discount)
- Two payments: 60% plus 40%
- Ten monthly payments (plus $125 fee)
First payments are due July 1, and families will receive a tuition bill in June reflecting the amount due. Families who choose the 10-payment plan will be automatically registered with Higher Education Services Inc. (HES), and will use that system to pay their tuition.
Financing a PMFS Education
Many families are unsure how to incorporate independent school tuition into their personal budget. Plymouth Meeting Friends School is committed to helping students from diverse economic, racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds experience a transformative Plymouth education and works closely with families in attempt to ensure finances are not a barrier to attending our program. We welcome open conversations in effort to make enrollment accessible.
Affordability Options We Encourage You to Explore:
- Monthly tuition payment plans
- 529 savings plans
- Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (for residents of Philadelphia)
- Friends Education Fund (for Quaker students)
- Contributions by family members (1 in 6 families at independent schools receive help from grandparents and and other family members, according to NAIS.)
For additional information on funding an independent school education, we encourage you to explore the resource Paying for School on the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) website and read Myths about Financial Aid, there too.
PMFS Community Scholar Program
This long-standing program allows a select number of students in grades 1-6 to have a PMFS education, with a significant decrease to the financial barriers to that education.
Community Scholars pay $1000 in tuition yearly. Families may inquire if any Community Scholarships are available for a given year.
In the 2018-19 school year, 60% of our students received tuition assistance, in grants ranging from $1,000 to 65% of tuition, awarding more than $700,000 in aid. The average tuition amount for 2018-19 for students in Kindergarten–Sixth Grade was $15,800. Tuition Assistance is need-based and available to families who cannot otherwise afford full tuition. Families who qualify will receive awards based on the financial aid budget for the year.
What is the Application Process for Tuition Assistance?
Families apply online through School and Student Services (SSS), a service of NAIS, by the stated January deadline, submitting their financial information, tax documents, and special circumstances for consideration. There is a fee to submit the application.The PMFS code number is 3786.
- Fee waivers for qualifying tuition assistance applicants:
In keeping with their mission as a non-profit organization, SSS has a program in which they waive application fees for the families most in need of financial help. Click here for more information.
- In cases of divorce or separation, both households are required to submit financial information.
- Only admitted students will have their Tuition Assistance application considered by the Financial Aid Committee, although PMFS encourages families to complete the process before their admission decision. Admission applications are considered without regard to financial need.
- Families receive their tuition assistance award with enrollment contracts, at the beginning of February. There is an appeal process, contained in the award letter.
- Applications made after the deadline will be considered if budgeted funds are still available.
- A new application must be submitted each year. It is PMFS’ goal to maintain a comparable award yearly, provided similar family financial need and PMFS budget.
2021-22 Tuition Assistance Deadlines
- January 8, 2021 – Tuition Assistance application deadline, with uploaded copy of IRS form 1040 for 2019 Tax Year (after this date, assistance applications are considered only if funds are available)
- By early February, 2021 – Families are notified of tuition assistance decisions
- April 15, 2021 – Copies of IRS form 1040 for 2020 Tax Year are due, via SSS website