In keeping with Frankford Friends School’s commitment to diversity and the Quaker testimony of equality, Frankford Friends School (FFS) seeks to enroll families from all economic backgrounds. In an attempt to support this commitment, financial aid awards are made annually by the School Committee’s Financial Aid Committee, chaired by the Director of Finance and Operations, in the spring prior to the academic year in question. These awards are based on demonstrated financial need. Since the demand for financial aid often exceeds projected available funds, we generally cannot meet all demonstrated need. New FFS students must successfully complete a year at FFS to receive financial aid from the school. Families may apply for aid in the spring of their child’s first year, to be awarded for the following year’s tuition. All applications and awards are kept in the strictest of confidence.
The financial aid deadline is February 23rd.
Please note that awards are based on demonstrated financial need. Since the demand for financial aid often exceeds projected available funds, we often cannot meet all demonstrated need. Priority is given to students who are Quakers.
Important: Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) provides four-year, K-8th grade scholarships to children from low-income Philadelphia families. CSFP applications are usually accepted from mid-November through March 1 of each year. FFS families should apply to CSFP in addition to applying to FFS. All communication with families, funding agencies, and FAST™, the school’s financial aid system, is through the Director of Finance and Operations. Please contact Tasha Odom, Director of Finance and Operations, should you have any questions.
Signed enrollment contracts are binding and families are liable for the full amount of tuition should they withdraw their child from Frankford Friends School. However, should your financial aid award not meet your needs and it becomes necessary for you to cancel your enrollment contract, you have the option of cancelling your contract by April 7, 2016, provided you applied for financial aid by the deadline of February 23. After April 7, families will be responsible for paying the full tuition minus any award offered.
If you intend to cancel your enrollment contract, please send a letter to the school office stating your need to withdraw because of financial reasons by April 7, 2016. You will receive a full refund of your $500 deposit.
No FFS award will exceed 50% of the tuition cost. The school may take the following factors into account when awarding financial aid: income, assets, excessive ongoing costs, number of additional children with tuition expenses, parents’ tuition expenses, employment status, and the availability of other financial aid resources. Enrolling your child at Frankford Friends School is a major decision for families. It is expected that providing an FFS education to your child is a priority. Each family should make efforts to seek out as many sources of funding as is necessary to meet their tuition obligations (i.e, Quaker funding, grandparents and other family members, Children’s Scholarship Fund, etc.) However, if new circumstances arise causing tuition payments to create an undue hardship, we may be able to work with you if additional financial aid funds are available.
How to apply for Financial Aid
- Complete a Financial Aid application – click here (best to use Firefox or Explorer, especially if you are applying for more than one child), click on the FAST™ button at the bottom of this page, or call 1-877-326-FAST. There is a $41 non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express). If you are unable to pay the application fee or you do not have a credit card, please contact the Director of Finance and Operations.
- Apply for financial aid by the deadline of February 23rd.
- Awards will be made by March 23rd.
- If you disagree with the Financial Aid Committee’s final award, you may ask for a review of the decision. In these cases, please contact Tasha Odom, Director of Finance and Operations.
All questions or concerns regarding financial aid should be directed to Tasha Odom, Director of Finance and Operations, at 215-533-5368, x122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.