Tuition and Accessibility

PMFS has a commitment to making its program accessible to a diverse community, knowing that diversity of all kinds benefits us all. Financial aid awards are made on the basis of financial need.

In the 2018-19 school year, 60% of our students received financial aid, 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; a limited number of full and exceptional aid awards reduced tuition even lower.

PMFS tuition rates are set 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. In the past 5 years annual tuition increases have been around 5%; for 2019-20, the School is pleased to announce only a 3% 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)
  • Beyond-the-Bell, our after-school program, until 4 pm
  • Day field trips
  • Books and instructional materials
Grade2019-20 Tuition
Early Childhood -- 3 full days or 5 half days$14,725
Early Childhood -- 4 full days$16,450
Early Childhood -- 5 full days$18,185
Kindergarten – Sixth Grade$23,570

What Additional Fees Do Families Pay?

Admission and Enrollment Fees

TypeFee
Application Fee$50
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!

2019-20Overnight Trip Fees
Second Grade$60
Third Grade$350
Fourth Grade$350
Fifth Grade$1,900*
Sixth Grade$540

*Financial aid is available for the Mexican Exchange Program

Fees for Optional Programs

  • Beyond the Bell between 4:00 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

PMFS works closely with families in an attempt to ensure finances are not a barrier to attending our program. We welcome open conversations in effort to make enrollment accessible. We offer need-based financial aid to help families afford tuition. Financial aid applications are due in January for the following school year; recipients must re-apply annually.

Families are encouraged to explore financial assistance from other supporting organizations. Each has its own eligibility and application requirements, including:

For residents of Philadelphia

For Quaker families

For additional information on ways to fund an independent school education, we encourage you to read “Bridging the Gap: Strategies for Affording Independent School Education,” published by The Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) also provides the resource  “Paying for School.”

Financial Aid

PMFS uses School and Student Services (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools, to help determine financial aid awards. SSS calculates an estimate of the amount a family can contribute based on the financial information provided. This estimate, along with information the family shares with us regarding special circumstances, enables us to make our award decisions.

The PMFS code number is 3786.

Families are required to re-apply each year. Tuition assistance is granted without consideration to gender, race, color, sexual orientation or national origin. New families should request full instructions for applying for financial aid during their admission interview.

Fee waivers for qualifying financial aid applicants:
In keeping with their mission as a non-profit organization, SSS has a program where they waive application fees for the families most in need of financial help. Click here for more information on this program.

2019-20 Financial Aid Application Deadlines

  • January 7, 2020: Submit application via SSS and upload copies of IRS form 1040 for 2017 Tax Year
  • April 15, 2020:  Submit copies of IRS form 1040 for 2018 Tax Year

Financial aid applications received after January 7 will be considered only if funds are available.