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Tuition & Financial Aid

Brooklyn Friends School tuition covers the costs of the regular school day program, including books, regular overnight class trips, and lunch service for grades 3-12. Our Afterschool Program for students in Preschool through Grade 8 entails separate, additional fees and applications.

The Brooklyn Friends School mission statement emphasizes the school’s commitment to educate each child in a diverse community. Our financial aid program begins in Kindergarten and supports that mission by striving to ensure socioeconomic diversity within our student population. We work diligently to make our school accessible to as many families of varying economic backgrounds as possible.

Financial Aid is available for students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 and is granted on the basis of need and the availability of funds. Admissions decisions and financial aid decisions are made independently. Due to limited funds, an acceptance by the Enrollment Management Office does not guarantee a grant even if need is demonstrated.

Currently, 26% of our students receive more than $5,500,000 in financial aid grants. Funding for financial aid grants comes from the school’s operating budget and charitable gifts. Brooklyn Friends gives priority consideration to children of Quaker families, BFS faculty and staff, alumni/ae, and siblings. However, financial aid is not guaranteed even for members of these priority groups.

All financial aid applications are submitted and processed by TADS, an independent organization that performs analysis on an equitable basis.

Tuition By Grade for the 2017-18 School Year

Grades 3 through 12:

$41,400

Kindergarten through Grade 2:

$39,100

PreSchool (5 days a week):
  • Half-day 3s: $20,100
  • Full-day 3s: $29,500
  • Full-day 4s: $33,600
Family Center:
  • Half-day mornings, 3 days:      $15,400
  • Half-day mornings, 4 days:      $17,700
  • Half-day mornings,  5 days:     $20,100
  • Half-day afternoons, 3 days:    $13,000
  • Full day, 3 days:                          $22,400
  • Full day 4 days:                           $25,900
  • Full day 5 days:                           $30,600
  • Ext. day, 3 days:                          $30,600
  • Ext. day, 4 days:                          $34,000
  • Ext. day, 5 days:                          $36,300

Tuition Insurance

TUITION REFUND PLAN: Brooklyn Friends School has an arrangement with A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. to provide a partial refund of tuition should the student need to withdraw from school after the school year has started. For one point two percent (.012) of the total tuition cost, Dewars will pay 75% of the unused tuition cost  for medical withdrawals with no attendance requirement, and 60% of the unused tuition cost for a non-medical withdrawal after a 14 consecutive day attendance period. [for example, it the student withdraws halfway through the year, the insurance will refund 60% of the unused tuition, which would be one quarter of the total tuition] Further details can be found in the brochure linked here.

Please contact the Business Office directly with any questions about the Tuition Refund Plan.

Applying for Financial Aid

  1. Check the financial aid box on your admissions application.

  2. Complete the online process at mytads.com. All required documents must be submitted by uploading or mailing directly to TADS, not BFS. For help with uploading documents or sending documents to TADS, email help@tads.com or call 800-477-8237.

  3. All custodial and non-custodial parents are required to submit an online application.

  4. Required documents:

     

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  5. Make sure that your child’s name is on all forms, payments, and correspondence with the school and TADS.

  6. Any applications that are not complete by their due date may not be considered for an award. The due date for current families is December 9, 2016. The due date for prospective families is January 6, 2017. All financial aid forms and supporting materials are due on these dates.

Dates to Know

You can review financial aid application deadlines here.

Understanding the Criteria

The primary factors in determining financial aid awards include, but are not limited to:

  • net income
  • assets (home equity, property, savings, investments, etc.)
  • debts (home mortgages, college loans, etc)
  • the number of dependents
  • the number of children who attend tuition-charging schools

Consideration is given to parents who are nearing retirement age, families who have young children or who are financially responsible for elderly family members, and other factors that can affect a family’s financial strength. If one parent is a “stay-at-home” parent, the financial aid committee, through TADS, will consider the earning potential of that parent. The financial circumstances of both parents are considered when determining a grant, whether parents are custodial parents or not.

Important Note to Quaker Families

If you are a member of the New York Quarterly Meeting, you may also apply for aid through the New York Quarterly Education Fund to the Phoebe Anne Thorne Scholarship Committee.  Priority is given to students who are attending Quaker schools. The application can be found here.

Information about the Appeal Process

Families will be notified of their financial aid award prior to the due date for signing the enrollment contract.  If the grant offered makes it impossible for you to enroll or if you believe your grant is not indicative of your family’s need, please contact the Financial Aid Coordinator immediately to determine if there is another path to enrollment for your family and to ensure that all factors were taken into account. If your family’s financial circumstances have changed since you filed your application (job loss, etc.), please send an email directly to the Financial Aid Coordinator to notify the school of your change in circumstances.  A family may only appeal once.  If the timing of your appeal prevents the Financial Aid Committee from responding before your contract deadline, you are still required to submit your contract and deposit by the deadline in order to secure your child’s enrollment.

Contact Vanessa Reynolds, Financial Aid Coordinator

Phone:  718-852-1029 ext. 526
Email:  vreynolds@brooklynfriends.org
Mail:  375 Pearl Street, Brooklyn NY 11201, Attn: Vanessa Reynolds