Tuition and Financial Aid
a Solebury School Education Is an Investment worth Making
Scott Eckstein, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, shares why in this video, and how we can help make it happen for your family. There is so much to gain:
A Distinctive, Dynamic Academic Experience
Solebury students have access to a broad and varied selection of courses, including AP and Honors courses in every discipline, electives most students won't encounter until college and a robust after-school and weekend activity program. You will find an environment where you can stretch yourself to try new things, and peers and mentors who can help you maximize your talents.
Our teachers are experts in their fields, are tremendously passionate about what they do, and view education as something that happens all day, every day. Whether in class, at an event or on the field, teachers and staff are available and ready to work with you.
Not only will you find lifelong mentors, advisors and friends in your former teachers, you will have access to networking opportunities through our staff, alumni and parents. These resources can offer leads into almost any industry, in many parts of the world.
Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
|High School Boarding (9-12)||$59,750|
|High School Day (9-12)||$41,750|
|8th Grade Day||$31,724|
|OTHER YEARLY PROGRAM FEES|
|Learning Skills Program Fee||$15,190|
|English as a Second Language Fee||$13,740|
|Math Support Program||$5,643|
|Domestic Application (US)|| $50
|International Application|| $150
financial aid awarded in 2017-18
of our students receive financial aid
average grant awarded
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Some families can manage tuition on their own, others have loved ones who can help. You should explore all possibilities fully. However, many families’ resources may still not be enough. Because Solebury is committed to making our program available to a diverse group of students, including socioeconomically, we allocate a generous portion of our resources to scholarships and financial aid.
- Trustees Merit Scholarships
- Need-Based Financial Aid
- Financial Aid Deadlines and Decisions
- Other Options
Solebury School's Merit Scholarship Program was generously created by our Board of Trustees. The Merit Scholarship Committee awards them to young people who they feel are poised to become leaders of our community, model students in the classroom, or stars on the stage or field. The scholarships are renewed each year throughout the student’s career at Solebury, contingent upon their good standing. All applicants who apply by the standard deadline — January 15th for day students and February 1st for boarding students — will be eligible for Merit Scholarships.
Each candidate will be evaluated at his or her grade level. All scholarship applicants will be notified of admission and scholarship decisions in February.
You can apply for additional financial aid, as well. Please submit the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) by February 1 so that we can issue you a complete contract.
Meet a Merit Scholar
Keziah Groth-Tuft '13, a 2017 graduate of Dickinson College, Keziah is completing a one-year LL.M (Masters of Law) in Human Rights and the Environment program at Lancaster University.
Anders Simpson-Wolf '09 earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics and later his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. Today, he is a senior analyst at Cogo Labs, an incubator/big data company.
We are committed to making a Solebury education available to as many students that we accept as possible. We use SSS (School & Student Services) to help us process financial aid applications. Parents fill out SSS’s Parent Financial Statement form (PFS), and our Financial Aid Committee uses the figures generated by SSS, called an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), to determine a family's financial need. Financial Aid is limited, so it is important to complete the financial aid process by the deadlines listed below. It is also essential that you report on the PFS any assistance you receive from relatives or other sources.
The Admissions and Financial Aid processes are separate. If the Admissions Committee accepts a student, only then do we review if the family has applied for financial aid. If they have, the family's financial aid file then goes to our Financial Aid Committee to determine what kind of financial aid package we are able to offer.
Unfortunately, there is not enough aid to fund every child who meets our admissions standards. If the financial aid committee feels there is not enough aid to meet a family's requested need, the student may be placed on a wait list for financial aid and no enrollment contract will be offered unless sufficient aid becomes available.
(For new and returning families)
Submit PFS through the School & Student Services website. (Note: They will ask you for your 2018 financials.)
Upload tax returns, W2's and all other forms and schedules for 2017 to the School & Student Services website.Those applying under the Merit Scholarship Program will receive decisions regarding admission, scholarships, and financial aid in mid-February. Those applying under the standard application deadlines will receive admission and financial aid decisions on or around March 10. In both cases, financial aid will be confirmed once the required tax returns have been submitted and examined.
Payment Plans: Our Monthly Payment Plans allow you the flexibility to spread your tuition cost across no more than 11 and no fewer than three consecutive installments. You may enroll in this program after your Total Deposit has been paid in full.
Loan Information: Your Tuition Solution℠ offers a range of convenient low, fixed-rate plans.
Payment Online: Pay Online any portion of your child's tuition via credit or debit card, or via ACH (eCheck).
"As a middle-income family, we always thought that attendance at an independent school was simply out of reach for us. Fortunately, through Solebury School’s Merit Scholarship program and generous tuition assistance, our three children have had the opportunity to spend their high school years in a wholesome environment where they are valued as individuals, challenged as learners, and inspired to discover their passions. As parents, we could not be more proud knowing they are set to become confident and successful adults. Yes, we have had to make sacrifices along the way, but it is absolutely worth it. The children are thriving! Realizing that none of this would have been possible without the financial assistance the school was able to offer our family, words don’t seem to be enough to express our sincere appreciation. Thank you, Solebury School, for giving our family this tremendous gift. We are forever grateful!"
—Jonathan and Andrea O'Brian P'17 '19 '21
Scott Eckstein, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, would be happy to talk to you about the possibilities specific to your family. Please call him at 215.862.5261 or email him today.