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Tuition and Financial Aid

Step by Step Guide to Applying for Financial Aid for New Families

  1. Click here to go to NAIS School and Student Services (SSS) website
  2. Create a login and enter the Friends Seminary School Code: 3334.
  3. Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) Application. Both custodial and non-custodial parents or guardians must complete the PFS and can do so separately (they are kept confidential). When completing the application, please keep in mind you are filling out exact numbers for the recent tax year (2017), and estimates for the current tax year (2018).
  4. If there are any unusual financial circumstances or expenses, family structures or situations, or any additional information relevant to your financial aid application, please note them briefly in the Other Information narrative section at the end of the PFS.
  5. Once the financial aid application is complete and submitted, please upload your two most recent tax returns for tax year 2016 and 2017 (W-2s, Form 1040s and any business returns if applicable) directly to https://www.solutionsbysss.com/ (under the “Manage Documents” tab). The tax return for 2018 must be filed and uploaded on or before April 15 to verify the PFS application unless an extension is being filed, in which case, please upload your Form 4868 (or other proof of extension request) and upload the tax documents as soon as they become available.

Step by Step Guide to Applying for Financial Aid for Returning Families

  1. Click here to go to NAIS School and Student Services (SSS) website
  2. Login and enter the Friends Seminary School Code: 3334.
  3. Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) Application. Both custodial and non-custodial parents or guardians must complete the PFS and can do so separately (they are kept confidential). When completing the application, please keep in mind you are filling out exact numbers for the recent tax year (2017), and estimates for the current tax year (2018).
  4. If there are any changes from last year’s application, any unusual financial circumstances or expenses, any changes in family structures or situations, or any additional information relevant to your financial aid application, please note them briefly in the “Other Information” narrative section at the end of the PFS.
  5. Once the financial aid application is complete and submitted, please make sure you have uploaded your two most recent tax returns for tax year 2016 and 2017 (W-2s, Form 1040s and any business returns if applicable) directly to https://www.solutionsbysss.com/ (under the “Manage Documents” tab). The tax return for 2018 must be filed and uploaded on or before April 15 to verify the PFS application unless an extension is being filed, in which case, please upload your Form 4868 (or other proof of extension request) and upload the tax documents as soon as they become available.

Tuition Aid For Quaker Children at Friends Seminary

While all families applying for financial aid must fill out an application through the NAIS School and Student Services (SSS) website, we offer additional tuition support to Quaker families applying to Friends who are members of a Quaker Meeting. Please see below for the various funding that may be offered.


  • Endowment for the Education of Quaker Students: In 2012, the Friends Seminary School Committee established a fund to ensure that children of Quaker families admitted to the School are supported financially so that they may benefit from an education at Friends Seminary.

  • The Gilmore Fund for Quakers: This fund provides financial aid for Quakers.

  • The Friends Council on Education’s National Endowment for Quaker Children Fund: This fund aims to increase the ability of Quaker families to afford to send their children to Friends schools. Friends schools value the presence and active participation of their Quaker families and Quaker families, likewise, value the institutional missions and commitments of their schools. For this reason NEQC and Friends Council join the efforts of families, schools and Monthly Meetings to provide tuition assistance for Quaker families who demonstrate need. Grants from this fund are available to children of Monthly Meeting members in grades K- 12 who are new to their Friends school. Families must meet financial need standards as determined by the school and at least one parent of a prospective student has been a member of a Monthly Meeting for a full year prior to the supported year. Upon acceptance to Friends Seminary, the NEQC Tuition Aid application process begins when the family submits an Application Form to the Monthly Meeting for signature of the clerk and to the Director of Financial Aid. Awards from the National Endowment for Quaker Children (NEQC) take the form of grants to the schools for $1000 per student in addition to their financial aid grant from the school. Checks are sent to the schools in the fall in a lump sum for all participating students at each school.

  • Please note, individual Meetings may have their own education funds in addition to the ones listed above, so inquire about further support from your Meeting.

If English is not your primary language, we can provide translators in Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, French and Italian to support you through the application process. We are here to help!

Important Dates for New Families Applying for Financial Aid

  • K Early Notification Application Deadline: December 3, 2018
  • K-12 Regular Application Deadline: January 7, 2019

All financial aid information is confidential and an applicant's financial need does not affect the admission application process.

Important Dates for Returning Families Applying for Financial Aid

  • SSS Application Available: October 1, 2018
  • SSS Application Deadline: Decemeber 1, 2018

All financial aid information is confidential and an applicant's financial need does not affect the admission application process.

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