A pre-k through eighth grade coed day school
Challenging our students to cultivate a better world 

Flexible Tuition

Guided by the Newtown Friends School mission of inclusion and accessibility, the school offers Flexible Tuition. In short, we want as many families as possible to have access to an independent school education. NFS has replaced our financial aid program with a Flexible Tuition Program, where an NFS education costs what a family can afford. A move away from traditional financial aid, this innovative model for determining tuition sets a family's tuition in-line with what a family can afford to pay. Affordability will not be an obstacle for mission-appropriate students to benefit from a dynamic Newtown Friends School education.

Installment Payment Plan
Newtown Friends School partners with Smart Tuition for collection of tuition and fees. Through this online payment system, families may arrange for one, two or tenth month payment plans. The ten month plan allows families to make payments over a 10-month period, beginning May 1st. Payments may be made by auto debit, check, and debit or credit card.

Quick Facts

  • Families must apply for Flexible Tuition each year.
  • Flexible Tuition is based on availability of funds.
  • Flexible Tuition determinations are confidential.
  • 44% of our current students qualify for the Flexible Tuition Program.

Contact Information

Let us assist you with the financial aid process.  If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Niszczak in the Admissions Office at  or Caryn Frank in the Business Office at 215-968-2225.
At NFS, we look at many factors when assessing tuition for each family. Income is only one of the financial variables we consider. Other factors such as home equity, business-related expenses, assets, consumer debt and the number of children attending a tuition charging-school are considered.

2018-2019 Full Tuition

Pre-K $16,000
K - 5 $21,765
6 - 8 $22,485

2018-2019 Fees

Pre-K $100
K - 5 $125
6 - 8 $225

Flexible Tuition Application Process

  • Newtown Friends School partners with School and Student Services (SSS) to determine a family’s eligibility for Flexible Tuition. Online applications are available through the SSS website.
  • A copy of the family’s 1040 is uploaded to the SSS website.
  • Flexible Tuition eligibility is determined as applications are received.
  • The deadline for Flexible tuition for returning families is February 23, 2018. The deadline for newly admitted applicants is on a rolling basis.

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Is every family required to apply for Flexible Tuition?

    No, not every family is required to apply. Families who can afford the full tuition cost will not need to take this step. Of course, families are welcome to and are encouraged to apply, although not all families will qualify for the Flexible Tuition Program.
  • Q. How does NFS determine what a family can afford?

    Through the Flexible Tuition Program, NFS determines tuition for each student based on what SSS, our current third-party financial assessment provider, calculates as a family's ability to pay. This number is based on a family's "Estimated Parental Contribution" that takes into account many variables including but not limited to income, assets, debt, household size, and tuition commitments for all children.
  • Q. How is "Flexible Tuition" different from "Financial Aid"?

    It is more than semantic. It reflects the School's commitment to making an independent school education accessible to families from a wide range of economic backgrounds. We achieve this goal when all enrolled families are making an equitable contribution to their child's education.
  • Q. What does socio-economic diversity look like?

    Our goal is for the student body to be representative of a wide range of socioeconomic levels. We seek to avoid the "barbell effect" that is typically experienced in a traditional financial aid model, where there are a large number of full pay families and a large number of families receiving significant financial aid. We aim to attract more families at middle income levels who can afford a good portion of the tuition, but not the full cost.

Flexible Tuition Policies

  1. Flexible Tuition applications must be submitted by February 23.
  2. The Flexible Tuition Committee may ask an applying family to clarify required information that the committee feels is incomplete, incorrect, or ambiguous.
  3. The committee will not consider an application for Flexible Tuition if the procedures and timetable for applying have not been followed.
  4. The committee will not consider an application for Flexible Tuition if the applying family has an overdue account with Newtown Friends School.
  5. Requests for Flexible Tuition from Quakers and current families receive priority over requests from families of other newly admitted students.
  6. Allocations of and requests for Flexible Tuition remain strictly independent of the admissions process.