Sandy Spring Friends School Tuition & Financial Aid
At Sandy Spring Friends School, we strive to be affordable, diverse, culturally competent, and inclusive.
Our annual tuition is not based on what other independent schools charge, or on the notion of “what the market can bear.” We base our cost on what it takes for Sandy Spring Friends School to deliver on our promise. For the past ten years, our tuition has increased by less than 3% per annum. As a result, Sandy Spring Friends School is considerably less expensive than many independent schools in the Washington, D.C. area.
That is not to say that we are inexpensive. Recognizing that our tuition is not accessible to everyone, our financial aid policies strive to provide an opportunity for all families who seek a Friends education to come and explore our school.
|Preschool (Ages 3-4)||$18,700|
|Grades 9-12 (Day)||$35,250|
|BOARDING 5-Day (Grades 9-12)||$51,900|
|BOARDING 7-Day (Grades 9-12)||$64,500|
- Middle School Fees
- Upper School Fees
- Transportation Fees (Optional)
- Lower School and Middle School Aftercare (Optional)
|Range of expenses for books||$300-$650|
|Range of expenses per sport (not including special-order gear)||$0-$115 (average ~$50)|
|Intersession Program (Experiential Learning Program - one to two weeks required annually in March)||Costs range from $0 to $3000, depending on the trip. Current financial aid recipients receive an additional Intersession trip stipend.|
|International Student Program Fee||$3690 (includes health insurance)|
|Young World Leaders Summer Program||$2300 - $4040 depending on boarding option. (YWL is an optional 4-week American Summer Immersion program including travel, accommodations, academic classes, and more. Click here for more info.)|
|"Spring to Success" Summer Bridge Program for New International Students||$500 (multi-day academic bridge program scheduled in August for the week before school begins)|
The Lower School Aftercare Program is $4600 per student for the 2020-2021 academic school year for full-year use (or $1100 for one day/week. See the KIds After Hours (KAH) website's tuition calendar for costs for 2, 3, and 4 days/week). Drop-in rates for aftercare services are also available if needed. More information and online registration is available on the Kids After Hours website. Before care is also available on campus from 7:30-8:00 am at no additional cost.
The Middle School After Care Program is $2280 per student for the full academic school year from 3:40 pm (2:40 pm Wednesdays) through 6:30 pm. The fee may be prorated per trimester ($760/trimester), as well as individual days of the week. Drop-in rates for aftercare and full day care services are available if needed ($26/day). Registration is available through MyBackPack.
In keeping with the Quaker principles of equality and diversity, Sandy Spring Friends School seeks a student body that represents varied economic backgrounds. Our financial aid program and our various payment options strive to make attendance at Sandy Spring Friends School a reality for as many families as possible.
Schedule a Meeting: Intro to Financial Aid
This 15-minute meeting is for families who are new to SSFS and are interested in learning more about our financial aid process.
Applying For Financial Aid
Prospective and current families seeking financial assistance are asked to submit an application through Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS). Please note that this service does not provide a source of funding – their role is to provide our Financial Aid Committee with an estimated family contribution (EFC) towards the tuition costs. The Financial Aid Committee uses this EFC as a tool in determining an appropriate grant allocation for each student while keeping within an overall financial aid budget established each year. Sandy Spring Friends School will make the final determination for financial assistance.
Financial Aid Application Deadlines
Current Families: December 1
New Families: January 15 (Financial Aid applications received after Jan. 15 will be reviewed on a funds-available basis.)
For more information about TADS and the Financial Aid Assessment process, please see the TADS Financial Aid Assessment & Your School PDF with an introduction and answers to frequently-asked questions on the TADS website.
The one-payment plan option requires the full tuition to be paid by June 20
In the two-payment (standard) plan, a portion of tuition is due June 20 and the remainder is due December 20..
The alternative plan is 10 payments: 10% of tuition is due monthly April 20 through January 20.
Financial Aid Guide
Download this helpful guide to get a closer look at Sandy Spring Friends School financial aid process & policy.