At SSFS, our commitment to a supportive, inclusive learning environment guides the approach of our financial aid program. In keeping with the Quaker principles of equality and diversity, the School seeks a student body that represents varied economic backgrounds, and strives to be affordable, culturally competent, and inclusive. Through our need-based financial aid program, we aim to support all families for whom the cost of an SSFS education would be a hardship.
How does financial aid work?
Prospective and current families seeking financial assistance are asked to submit an application through Clarity. Clarity does not provide a source of funding—their role is to provide our Financial Aid Committee with an estimate of a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the application, which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts. The Financial Aid Committee uses this estimate as a tool to determine an appropriate grant for each student, while keeping within Sandy Spring Friends School’s overall financial aid budget for the year. The School’s Financial Aid Committee makes the final determination of the need-based financial aid award for each student.
- Should my family apply for financial aid?
- When do I need to apply?
- How are financial aid awards determined by SSFS?
- What if I am a single parent or in a blended family?
- When will I be notified of a financial aid decision?
- What information do we need to share to apply for financial aid?
- I have multiple children at tuition-charging schools. How does this factor into my financial aid application?
- Does SSFS help with additional non-tuition costs?
- If my child is accepted, but not awarded a grant, might we receive aid the following year?
- Do we need to reapply for financial aid every year?
- Are students who qualify for financial aid required to work or meet special performance requirements?
- Are payment plans are available at SSFS?
- Is there financial aid available for late applicants (those who submit an admission application after January)?
Supporting You During Unexpected Times of Need
Here at SSFS, we understand life happens. To help families through unexpected financial challenges, we designate funding specifically to assist current families with changed circumstances. Transition funds are designed to bridge the gap and maintain continuity for our students and families when unexpected events occur. Typically, they are granted for a year to assist families through challenging times. If you find yourself facing a sudden challenge, please be in touch with Dawn Griffith, Director of Financial Aid.
Endowed Scholarships and Partner Organizations
Sandy Spring Friends School is pleased to partner with and benefit from relationships that allow us to advance equity and justice in education.
Endowed ScholarshipsGenerous benefactors have provided lasting gifts to Sandy Spring Friends School through our Endowed Scholarships program. These scholarships, often named in memory or honor of loved ones, provide financial assistance to qualified students desiring a Sandy Spring Friends School education.
- The Ben Uzzell ‘20 Scholarship
- The Clouse Family Fund
- The Jon Brian Kinney Scholarship
- The Katie Kinney Scholarship
- The Lexi Speight Scholarship
Director of Financial Aid
Awarded annually in financial aid
Percentage of Student Body That Receives Financial Aid
Grade levels eligible for grants applying to tuition, bus transportation, aftercare, and Upper School intersession
Don't Miss a Deadline!
Financial aid is a highly deadline-driven process. Please take note of these important dates:
- Nov. 15: Current Family Application Deadline
- Jan. 15: New (prospective) Family Application Deadline
Financial Aid applications received after Jan. 15 will be reviewed on a funds-available basis.