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Financial Aid

Financial aid plays an important role at Friends' Central School. Our commitment to economic diversity allows us to strengthen our student body by funding talented students with limited financial means. During the 2012-2013 School year, Friends' Central provided approximately $5 million in financial assistance to 32% of our students. Grants, which ranged from $1,000 to nearly full tuition, were made possible by generous gifts to our endowment and the commitment of our Board of Trustees.

Friends' Central is generous, but resources are limited. Grants are generally offered at the time of admission and are reviewed on a yearly basis. The School expects that families who enroll without receiving financial aid will continue to support their child's education at Friends' Central without assistance. However, when unforeseen circumstances arise to significantly change a currently enrolled family's financial situation, an application for financial aid can be made. We ask that families consider all of their financial resources before applying for financial aid. The request for aid is separate from the admission process and does not affect one's application for admission to the School. Financial aid grants are made annually and are need-based. Parents or guardians are required to fill out a confidential financial statement each year. When parents are divorced or separated, the School considers the assets of both natural parents before making an award. The School cannot be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for educational expenses. If either parent is remarried, the School also considers the assets of the stepparent, always bearing in mind the the obligation of that stepparent to his or her own natural children.
Wynnefield Scholar Program
The Wynnefield Community Scholar Program is an endowed scholar program in memory of Elizabeth Whereat '43. This need-based program is for new students entering grades 5 through 9 who reside in the 19131 or 19139 zip code zones.
Financial Aid Timeline
To maximize a student's chance of receiving financial aid, it is imperative that all paperwork be completed according to the proper timelines. Delays in providing this information may jeopardize a student's chance of receiving a grant from the limited available funds.
 
September through November
Indicate that you will be applying for financial aid when you fill out the application for admission.
 
Submit the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) online at sss.nais.org.
If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the Admission Office and we will forward a paper copy of the forms to you.
 
Send a copy of your previous year's Internal Revenue Form 1040 (including all schedules) and your Wage and Tax Statements (W-2s) to:

Friends' Central School
Attn: Financial Aid Officer
1101 City Avenue
Wynnewood, PA 19096

December
Current families who have not previously applied for financial aid and intend to do so should notify the Admission Office by December 1 to request information about the process.
 
February
Prospective Parents:
Families of accepted students will be notified of the status of their financial aid applications within the first two weeks of the month.
 
Current Parents:
Complete and submit, by February 15, the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) online via sss.nais.org.
 
By February 15, parents must submit a copy of their current Internal Revenue Form 1040 (including all schedules) and Wage and Tax Statements (W-2s) to:
Friends' Central School
Attn: Financial Aid Officer
1101 City Avenue
Wynnewood, PA 19096
March
Financial aid grants are awarded by the end of March if all paperwork has been submitted by the appropriate deadlines.