Affording FCS

Deciding on an Independent School education for your child(ren) is an important choice for every family to make. But considering how to afford it can be overwhelming.

At Friends' Central, we offer a number of different payment options to best suit our families' needs. While all necessary information can be found here, you are welcome to call Margaret Metz, Director of Enrollment Management, if you have specific questions. She can be reached directly at 610-645-5033.

In consideration of the differing financial situations of our families, there are three ways to satisfy the tuition bill:

  • Families who do not receive a financial aid grant are eligible for a 1% discount, if tuition is paid in full by June 15.
  • Parents may choose to pay two-thirds of the tuition by July 15 and defer the payment of the last third until January 1, through FACTS Online Management Services.
  • Parents may choose to pay the tuition in 10 monthly installments through FACTS Online Management Services. No other extended payment plans are permitted.
Students choosing to participate in a semester away program will be charged 75% of the full year tuition for that academic year.
No student may attend school if his/her tuition has not been paid. Parents have the opportunity to subscribe to the Tuition Refund Insurance Plan to regain tuition lost through extended absences.


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. Friends' Central is generous, but resources are limited. We ask that families consider all of their financial resources before applying for financial aid.

  • For the 2018-2019 School year, Friends' Central is providing approximately $5.76 million in financial assistance to 38% of our students.
  • Financial Aid Grants are need-based and range from $1,000 to nearly full tuition and are offered at the time of admission and reviewed on a yearly basis.
  • Grants are generally offered at the time of admission, beginning with students applying for Pre-Kindergarten, and are reviewed on a yearly basis.
  • The request for aid is separate from the admission process and does not affect one's application for admission to the School.
  • Each year, the demand for financial aid far exceeds the allocated budget. Not all students, therefore, in need of financial assistance who are offered admission will be funded. Admitted students who are not offered a financial award in the first round have the option to be placed on the financial aid waitlist should funding become available at a later date.
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. Absent a court order, 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 obligation of that stepparent to their own natural children. 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. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of two years in order to be eligible to apply for financial aid.


Parents' Financial Statement

Tuition 2019-2020

Grades 9-12: $38,250

Grades 6-8: $34,250

Grades 4-5: $29,950

Grades 2-3: $28,850

Grade 1: $25,700

Kindergarten: $25,700

Pre-Kindergarten: $20,350

Nursery: $20,350

Affording FCS