Tuition & Financial Aid
2024-25 School Year Tuition By Grade
Tuition at Brooklyn Friends School covers all co-curricular activities, student books, field trips, technology, supplies, facilities and lunch (for Grades K – 12). Our Extended Day program for students in Preschool through Grade 8 entails separate registration and additional fees.
Grades K through 12:
|Half Day (9–11:50 am)
|Full Day (9 am–3 pm)
|Half Day (9 am–12 pm)
|Full Day (9 am–3 pm)
|Full Day (9 am–3 pm)
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. Read more about Brooklyn Friends Tuition Insurance Policy HERE.
The Brooklyn Friends School mission statement emphasizes the school’s commitment to educate each child in a diverse community. Our financial aid program 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 admissions acceptance does not guarantee a grant offer even if need is demonstrated
Typically, one quarter of our students receive approximately $6,000,000 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 colleagues, alumni/ae, and siblings. Financial aid is not guaranteed even for members of these priority groups.
All financial aid applications are submitted to and processed by Clarity, an independent organization that supports our Financial Aid Committee.
New Preschool Financial Grants for 2024-25
Beginning in the 2024-25 school year, financial grants will be available for Preschool families who qualify for support. Interested families must enter into the financial support application process through Clarity, at which point, eligibility for grant assistance will be determined. Once an application is designated as eligible, BFS will assess the amount of the grant to be offered.
If you have a child who will be enrolled in the Brooklyn Friends Preschool Twos, Threes or Fours Program next year, and you are interested in exploring your eligibility for a grant, please take some time to submit an application for financial aid through Clarity. If you are interested in exploring a new admissions application to our Preschool for the 2024-25 school year, please reach out to Vanessa Reynolds, Dean of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Preschool Enrollment, at vreynolds@brooklynfriends.
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 security. If all children are of school age and one parent does not work by choice, the financial aid committee, through Clarity, will consider the earning potential of that parent. The financial circumstances of all parents are considered when determining a grant, whether parents are custodial parents or not.
Applying for Financial Aid
Step 1: Check the financial aid box on your admissions application (for new applicants).
Step 2: Complete the online process at Clarity. All required documents must be submitted by uploading directly to Clarity, not BFS. For help with uploading documents or sending documents, please contact Clarity.
Step 3: All parents, regardless of custodial, marital, and other legal agreements, are required to submit an online application.
Step 4: Required documents:
- Clarity application
- 2022 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (will be automatically drawn by Clarity from the IRS for families who meet the application deadline)
- All other federal tax schedules that were filed including business and partnership schedules
- Recent paystubs
- 2022 W2 Form
- 2023 W2 Form (when available)
- If needed, an explanation of any family situation you felt was too unique to be captured by the online application
Step 5: Make sure that your child’s name is on all forms, payments, and correspondence with the school and Clarity.
Step 6: Any applications that are not in good standing by their deadline may not be considered for an award. The deadline for returning families is December 1, 2023. The deadline for prospective families is January 11, 2024. All financial aid forms and supporting materials need to be submitted well before the deadlines to allow time for auditing before your application will be marked in good standing.
Below, please find two helpful guides on completing the application process from Clarity.
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 Dean of Financial Aid. If your family’s financial circumstances have changed since you filed your application (job loss, etc.), please send an email directly to the Dean of Financial Aid 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, Associate Director of Preschool Enrollment & Dean of Financial Aid
Phone: 718-852-1029 ext. 526
Mail: 375 Pearl Street, Brooklyn NY 11201, Attn: Vanessa Reynolds
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. Priority is given to students who are attending Quaker schools. Contact the Quarter for more details.