The financial aid program at Wilmington Friends School was designed to support students whose families wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide a Friends school education. While the financial aid program is very generous, it cannot cover the full cost of a child’s experience here, and for that reason, there is an expectation that all families make a financial contribution toward tuition.
All financial aid awards are confidential between the receiving family and the Financial Aid Committee. Financial aid is need-based; all applicants must apply through FAST and submit the required documentation before being considered for aid. Families with students receiving financial aid must apply for aid each year. Awards are made with priority given to students currently attending WFS and whose student accounts are current and in good standing with the business office. Failure to meet tuition obligations in a timely manner may jeopardize a family’s chances of receiving aid.
Students applying for both admission to the school and financial aid should complete each application process simultaneously; assuring that notice of financial aid is provided at the time admission is offered. In keeping with the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) guidelines for best practices in the administration of financial aid, the financial aid committee reserves the right to assess an income for any non-working parent in the household. The financial aid committee will also take into account voluntary household expense choices, which impact the families’ ability to contribute toward tuition.
Financial aid applications are due on December 15 of each year, allowing time for the school's financial aid officers to review and present each family's application to the financial aid committee. Financial aid decisions are communicated at the time of an admissions decision or noted in the body of a returning student's enrollment contract.