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Admissions
Tuition and Financial Aid

Ancillary Aid

At Friends Seminary, a transformational education includes expenses beyond tuition. We understand this reality, and are committed to helping our families with these costs to ensure all students, regardless of their economic background, enjoy the full Friends experience.

ADMISSIONS

We provide…
  • Application Fee Waivers for students in placement programs or who demonstrate financial need. Refer questions to Financial Aid Office.
  • Reduced ISEE Primary Testing Fees for Grades 2-4 students with qualifying incomes on a first-come, first-served basis. Refer questions to Financial Aid Office.
  • Reduced ISEE and SSAT Testing Fees for Grades 5-11 students with qualifying incomes on a first-come, first-served basis. Refer questions to Financial Aid Office.

TRANSPORTATION

We provide…
  • Full or Half-Fare MetroCards for all students residing in NYC depending on age and distance. Refer questions to Divisional Office.
  • NYC Board of Education Provides Free Yellow School Buses for all Grades K-6 students residing in Lower Manhattan or Upper East Side. Refer questions to Lower School Office.
  • Independent West Side Buses (AM Only) for students residing on the West Side. Fee required; no discount. Refer questions to Admissions Office.

MEALS

We provide…
  • Free Breakfast for All
  • Lunch is a required fee for all students Grades K-8. Lunch Plan is an optional fee for all students in the Upper School. Upper School students who receive 50%-90% financial aid earn 25% off the annual cost of the lunch plan and Upper School students who receive more than 90% financial aid earn 50% off the annual cost of the lunch plan. Lunch tickets are available on an as needed basis and can be purchased from the Upper School Office and the Business Office. Refer questions to Business Office.

ACADEMIC AND SOCIO-EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

We provide…
  • Required Testing and Evaluation for students at the percent of their financial aid award when they are recommended for support and referred by their Division Head. Refer questions to Divisional Office.
  • Recommended Tutoring and Remediation for students at the percent of their financial aid award up to $200 per week when they are recommended for support and referred by their Division Head. Refer questions to Divisional Office.
  • Chapman Academic Center (7:45-4:30) for all students Grades 7-12 to provide faculty assistance, peer tutoring and independent study. Refer questions to Divisional Office.

PROGRAM SUPPORT

We provide…
  • Books included with tuition for all Grades K-8 students and free of charge for Grades 9-12 who receive 90% or more of financial aid. We also provide assistance towards academic resources like calculators and Apps required for classes to those receiving 90% financial aid or more. Refer questions to Division Office
  • iPads free of charge for all students. Refer questions to Tech Support and Division Heads.
  • Athletic Equipment like uniforms and required equipment at no charge to all students. Aid is available to students for required equipment beyond uniforms on Varsity and Junior Varsity teams who demonstrate financial need. Refer questions to Director of Financial Aid.
  • Musical Instruments that can be loaned or rented for the school year on a case-by-case need basis to students with demonstrated financial need. Any unexpected maintenance and tuning is covered at a percentage of financial aid. Refer questions to Director of Financial Aid.

SPECIAL EVENTS

We provide…
  • School Fundraiser Tickets at a discounted rate for families receiving financial aid or with other situations of financial need. Refer questions to Advancement Office.
  • Friends After Three (F.A.T.) Special Events at a reduced rate for Grade K-8 students on financial aid at their percent of financial aid up to 75% maximum discount. Refer questions to Extended Programs Office.
  • Events Sponsored by Parents Association at a discounted rate for families receiving financial aid or with other situations of financial need. Refer questions to Financial Aid Office.

SCHOOL TRIPS

We provide…
  • Music Trips support to students on financial aid who receive their percent of aid up to a 75% maximum discount on the total cost of the trip (transportation, food, fees, lodging included, if applicable). Refer questions to Director of Financial Aid.
  • Athletic Related Travel and Camps support to students on financial aid who receive their percent of aid up to a 75% maximum discount on the total cost of the trip (transportation, food, fees, lodging included, if applicable). Refer questions to Director of Financial Aid.
  • Global Education Immersion Trips support to students on financial aid who have the opportunity to go on one international or domestic immersion experience trip in their career at Friends receiving their percent of aid up to a 75% maximum discount on the total cost of the trip (transportation, food, fees, lodging included). Students on Financial Aid are able to apply to other immersion experience trips, but aid is only guaranteed for one trip at the percent above and aid for additional trips is offered on a case-by-case basis. Students not on financial aid with a demonstrated financial need can also request support. Refer questions to Director of Financial Aid.
  • School Sponsored Student Activity Trips support to students on financial aid who receive their percent of aid up to a 75% maximum discount on the total cost of the trip (transportation, food, fees, lodging included, if applicable). Refer questions to Director of Financial Aid.

COLLEGE PREP

We provide…
  • College Board Exam Fee Assistance and Waivers for students who meet the federal guidelines. Refer questions to College Counseling Office.
  • SAT/ACT On-Campus Prep Courses for Grade 11 students. Students on financial aid receive their percent of aid up to a 75% maximum discount. Friends does not provide assistance for outside tutoring programs unless recommended by the Director of College Counseling. Refer questions to College Counseling Office.
  • College Tours support to students on financial aid who receive a percent of aid up to a 50% maximum discount on the total cost of the trip (transportation, food, fees, lodging included) for one trip. Additional financial aid support is available through the college tour company. Students on financial aid are able to apply to other college tours, but aid is only guaranteed for one trip at the percent above and aid for additional trips is offered on a case-by-case basis. Refer questions to College Counseling Office.

EXTENDED PROGRAMS

We provide…
  • Early Bird Programming (7:45-8:25am) for students Grades K-4. Students receiving up to 90% financial aid receive a percentage of aid up to a 75% maximum discount on the total cost. There is no charge for students (a) receiving more than 90% financial aid; (b) who take the Yellow Bus or West Side Bus; (c) whose parents are attending pre-authorized Parents Association meeting. Refer questions to Extended Programs Office.
  • Friends After Three (F.A.T.) and Extended Day Programming (3:10-4:30pm & 4:30-5:30pm) for students Grades K-8. Students receiving up to 90% financial aid receive a percent of tuition aid up to 75% maximum discount and those who receive more than 90% tuition aid receive the benefit free of charge (other activity fees may apply). Refer questions to Extended Programs Office.
  • Homework Help for Grade K-4 students. Those on financial aid receive the program free of charge. Refer questions to Extended Programs Office.
  • Summer Friends (June Camp) for Grade K-8 students at a percent of aid up to a 75% maximum discount (exclusions may apply). Refer questions to Extended Programs Office.
  • Childcare during Parent Meetings free of charge for all families with a currently enrolled student.
Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.
 
FRIENDS SEMINARY
222 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
P: 212-979-5030
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