Information for Families and Meetings


partnershipFriends 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 Friends Education Fund and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting join the efforts of families, schools and Monthly Meetings to provide tuition assistance for member families who demonstrate need. Our guidelines require that at least one parent of a prospective student has been a member of a PYM Monthly Meeting for a full year prior to the supported year and that the family has met financial need criteria as determined by the Friends school.

Friends schools provide the largest share of tuition support. FEF affirms the authority of each Friends school to use its own methodology (including the “Princeton Form” of the School and Family Scholarship Service, “SSS”) to ascertain and quantify “financial need” for its families. The tuition aid grants from FEF and PYM are in addition to the aid package determined by the school.

Applications for tuition aid are available at your Friends school or print a Tuition Aid Application (156 kb pdf).

FEF and PYM require that Meetings give assurance that families requesting funds meet the criteria of the Jonathan E. Rhoads Endowment Fund for Friends Children in Friends Schools. The criteria can be found on the “Information for Schools” page.