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Affording Haverford

Affording Haverford

Affording a Haverford School Education

Rooted in more than 130 years of academic excellence, The Haverford School is a leader in educating boys. Our extraordinary educators are masters in teaching, inspiring, and mentoring boys, and will help your son achieve his full potential.

Our tuition is a direct reflection of attracting, retaining, and developing the best educators in the region.

We know that a Haverford School education is a significant investment, but we believe it is a wise one that offers a lifetime return. We aim to make our unparalleled educational experience available to all remarkable boys, regardless of their financial resources.

We offer tuition assistance to help families defray the cost of a Haverford School education. These financial resources come from tuition, endowments, and gifts to the School, which also serve to support our extraordinary educators, first-class programs, and outstanding facilities.

Tuition Payment Plans

Three tuition payment plans are available for 2016-17:

Plan A

Pay the full year tuition by July 15, 2016, less a 1% discount. Tuition refund insurance is optional. The 1% discount does not apply if tuition assistance has been awarded.

Plan B

Pay the first payment (60% of tuition) by July 15, 2016, and the second payment (40% of tuition) by Dec. 1, 2016. Tuition refund insurance is optional.

Plan C

Pay 10 monthly installments beginning June 1, 2016 for a fee of $135. Direct debit authorization and tuition refund insurance is required.

Tuition Refund Insurance

A Tuition Refund Plan is mandatory for families selecting Payment Plan C, and optional for Payment Plans A and B. The cost of the Tuition Refund Plan is 1% of the full tuition. It covers only a portion of the tuition obligation and has an attendance requirement.

Checklist & Timeline

The following checklist and timeline will help guide you through the tuition assistance application process. If you prefer, you can download the checklist and timeline.


  • Admissions application
  • Parents’ Financial Statement*
  • IRS Federal 1040 Form*
  • IRS Federal Schedules (if applicable)*
  • W-2 Forms (unless self-employed)*

* Separated or divorced parents must both submit these items.


November/December 2016

Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement by the Jan. 1 deadline. See the "Apply for Tuition Assistance tab" for detailed application instructions.

Jan. 1, 2017

The Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) is due Jan. 1. Please apply online (fee: $47). The Haverford School SSS number is 3754.

February/March 2017

Gather your tax forms.

March 15, 2017

Submit the required tax forms to SSS by the March 15 deadline (SSS by NAIS, Application Processing Center, P.O. Box 449, Randolph, MA 02368-0449); please make copies for yourself prior to mailing.

  • 2015 IRS Federal 1040 Form
  • 2015 IRS Federal Schedules (if applicable)
  • 2015 W-2 Forms (unless self-employed)
  • 2014 IRS Federal 1040 Form and 2014 W-2 Forms (for new applicants to tuition assistance only)
Families will be notified beginning in March.


Who can apply for tuition assistance?

Anyone can apply for tuition assistance.

Does applying for tuition assistance influence the admission decision?

No. Tuition assistance decisions are made after a student has been accepted.

How do I apply for tuition assistance?

Visit the Apply for Tuition Assistance tab above to being the Tuition Assistance application process. The Haverford School requires that the family file a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), which is the official application provided by School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). In addition, The Haverford School requires that a copy of the prior two years’ 1040 and W2 tax forms and supporting tax schedules be sent to SSS. For details, please refer to our Tuition Assistance Checklist & Timeline or visit the Checklist & Timeline tab above.

How is financial need determined?

Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost to attend The Haverford School and a family’s ability to pay. The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) is sent by SSS to The Haverford School and to the family. It provides the School with a general recommendation regarding a family’s ability to pay for education. Major factors in determining financial need include, but are not limited to home equity, supplemental income, payments to pension and retirement plans, discretionary spending, and lifestyle choices.

Is tuition assistance automatically renewed each year?

No. Families receiving tuition assistance should re-apply each year.

Should I apply for tuition assistance?

If you believe that your financial resources are not sufficient to meet the cost of a Haverford education, you are strongly encouraged to apply for tuition assistance. The School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) provides a common base by which each family’s needs can be measured fairly and equitably.

How soon should I apply for tuition assistance?

Because requests for tuition assistance often exceed the funds available, it is important to apply as early as possible. Funds are allocated first to current families who meet the deadlines. Funds are awarded to new students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is there a repayment obligation when a family receives tuition assistance from The Haverford School?

No. There is no obligation to repay a tuition assistance grant.

Will a change in family financial circumstances result in a change in the tuition assistance decision?

If there is a significant change during the school year, The Haverford School may adjust aid for the following school year. If your circumstances change shortly after you submit the PFS to SSS, you should contact SSS describing the change and providing new dollar amounts for each change. (Do not submit a new PFS.) The new information will be forwarded to The Haverford School by SSS.

What happens if the parents are separated or divorced?

The School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) policy for determining the financial need of students is based on the principle that both parents are responsible for the support and educational expenses of their children to the extent that they are financially able to assume responsibility. The Haverford School supports this policy and requires that both the non-custodial and custodial parents provide financial information. Each parent’s financial information will be kept confidential. In certain situations, financial contributions may be expected from both parents. Failing to make sure that your son’s tuition assistance file is complete in this respect can affect the amount of the grant. Please contact the Tuition Assistance Office at 484-417-2706 or for guidance in handling unusual circumstances.

What is the deadline for applying for tuition assistance?

Parents should submit their PFS to SSS by Jan. 1. The copies of the tax returns (and all schedules) also should be sent directly to SSS by March 15. The Tuition Assistance Committee will notify families of grants in early spring. A tuition assistance grant will not be made until a student has been accepted into the School and the enrollment contract and deposit have been returned. It is important to meet these deadlines to be considered for aid.

Who provides the funds for tuition assistance?

The Haverford School funds tuition assistance grants through its endowment, tuition, and gifts to the School. SSS does not make tuition assistance grants, nor does it provide the money for tuition assistance grants.


Tuition assistance is need-based only and must be applied for annually. In order to be considered for tuition assistance, all applicants must:

  • Be in good standing with the Business Office (re-enrolling families).
  • Have returned their Enrollment Contract and deposit by the deadline to the Business Office.
  • Please adhere to all tuition assistance deadlines. You may call 484-417-2706 or email to check on the status of your file.
Important Guidelines

No academic, athletic, or artistic scholarships are awarded.

All of the requested information is required of both parents, regardless of divorce, separation, or estrangement. We will not issue a grant unless we have the required information from both parents. If either parent fails to complete the tuition assistance application, the student’s eligibility for aid will be in jeopardy. Consideration of the non-custodial parent will be based upon the belief that a parent’s contribution for education is a reflection of the ability to pay, not the willingness to pay. Haverford is not bound by any decrees, agreements, or legal documents excusing a parent from financial responsibility for his or her child’s education.

We realize applicants would like to receive as much aid as possible. Please do not ask us for a specific amount. The Tuition Assistance Committee (which includes a forensic tax analyst) will determine what the School can offer.

The Tuition Assistance Committee does take into account certain lifestyle choices when determining aid (e.g., club memberships, luxury cars, vacations, all real estate properties owned in addition to primary residence, and the employment of both parents). Consider these choices prior to applying for aid. We believe that the student’s family is primarily responsible for financing a private school education, and sacrifices need to be made.

The estimated family contribution (EFC) calculated by SSS serves only as an initial benchmark in determining aid. The figure is often adjusted once the official tax documents are received. If multiple children attend tuition-charging schools (or universities), it’s expected that the family will be applying for aid at all schools. Haverford should not be expected to subsidize tuition at any other school.

If one parent is temporarily unemployed (and not disabled), we will review past years of employment history. If a grant is given, the unemployed parent must participate in quarterly tuition assistance reviews to report on and demonstrate a continual job search. Also, if a parent elects to return to school or change jobs, which results in a decrease in the family’s financial resources, Haverford will not underwrite this choice with greater financial assistance. Also, if one parent does not work by choice, Haverford will impute an income to that parent if there are no young children at home.

Grants are annual. A family must reapply each year that they seek assistance. If the family suffers dramatic financial setbacks, Haverford will do everything it can to make it possible for the student to continue to attend. Alternately, if a family’s financial situation improves greatly, the grant will be adjusted to reflect that gain.

Upon notification of your grant, you will be required to sign and return a Statement of Understanding and Confidentiality Agreement by a given deadline. If we do not receive these documents by the given deadline, your grant will be forfeited and you will be responsible for the full tuition.

One appeal is allowed for special financial circumstances. All appeals must be in writing (no in-person or verbal appeals are allowed). The appeal must be specific concerning the special financial status and should consist of new information that has not yet been provided. The appeal decision of the Committee is final. We will not continue to re-evaluate awards that are considered, for all intents and purposes, as gifts.

Please communicate solely with the Admissions Office regarding tuition assistance. We cannot speak with attorneys, accountants, or other third parties, and ask that you do not discuss your grant with coaches, teachers, or others. We keep your information strictly confidential, and request that you do the same.

If a student who receives Tuition Assistance does not live up to the standards set forth in our Principles of Community (as all students are held), the grant will be forfeited.


A Haverford School education is an investment in your child’s future. It is also a significant financial commitment. The Haverford School understands this and is committed to making its educational opportunities available to students regardless of their family’s financial resources.


The overriding purpose of the tuition assistance program at The Haverford School is to provide access to qualified students who would not be able to attend for financial reasons. The School is committed to socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, geographic, and religious diversity within its student body and seeks to provide access to the School for qualified students. The School supports an extensive need-based tuition assistance program. All grants are funded by the School. Athletic and academic scholarships and merit awards are not given at The Haverford School. Grants are made only to students who qualify for aid on the basis of financial need. The Haverford School adheres to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Principles of Good Practice for Financial Aid, approved in 2010.

Families must apply each year for tuition assistance. In order to be eligible, they must meet tuition assistance criteria established by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid, known as SSS, and by The Haverford School. Continued need must be demonstrated each year. It is the policy of the Tuition Assistance Committee to maintain grant funding consistently from year to year, always subject to current documented need and established criteria. However, since our tuition increases every year a recipient’s contribution will increase proportionately.


The Haverford School is committed to need-based tuition assistance (as explained in these policies) and is a member of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), which assists independent schools in determining financial need. To determine the amount of tuition assistance that may be offered to an applicant, The Haverford School relies on the “SSS Estimated Family Contribution for Student” as calculated by SSS, as well as prior tax documents. All families are required to fill out this form. The Haverford School will not consider any request for tuition assistance until SSS has completed its calculations. The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), which is computed by SSS, is reviewed by The Haverford School’s Tuition Assistance Committee and is used as a guideline to assist The Haverford School in making tuition assistance decisions. The PFS is used only as a guideline and is in no way binding on The Haverford School.

Parental responsibility

The family is responsible for submitting the paperwork on time. The primary responsibility for financing a student’s independent school education rests with the family. This noted, The Haverford School’s tuition assistance program makes every effort to help all eligible applicants. Decisions are influenced by the availability of school resources, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints. At times, there have been insufficient funds to meet the needs of all accepted students who qualify for tuition assistance.

Need-blind admission

The Haverford School does not use financial need as a consideration in determining a student’s eligibility for admission. The admission and tuition assistance processes are separate and distinct. No decisions regarding tuition assistance are made until the child is accepted.

Standards of behavior and performance

The School requires the same standards of behavior and academic performance from all its students.

Grades served

Students in all grades are eligible for tuition assistance, although the majority of funds are allocated to eligible students in the upper grades.


The Haverford School safeguards the confidentiality of all financial information supplied by applicants and—consistent with this—does not publicly identify recipients of tuition assistance.

Priority for Tuition Assistance

Priority for tuition assistance is given to families who meet the deadlines. It is important to maintain your account in good standing (“on time”). In order to be considered for assistance, you must complete the required paperwork on time.

Tuition Assistance application process and timetable

Families applying for admission indicate their intention to apply for tuition assistance on the application form Returning students receiving tuition assistance are automatically emailed tuition assistance reminders.

Tuition assistance information is emailed in early December to all new applicants and current families who have receive aid.

Families applying for tuition assistance are responsible for reading all of the materials prior to completing tuition assistance forms.

Families of applicants for admission must be mindful that they do not wait for an admission decision before completing the process but complete both processes in tandem. All families, including new applicants and current Haverford families, must meet deadlines if they wish to be considered for tuition assistance.


December: Tuition assistance information is emailed to current tuition assistance families, current non-tuition assistance families wishing consideration, and those seeking admission to the School who indicated interest during the admission process. Parents begin assembling financial records.

January 1: Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) using The Haverford School SSS number 3754. Please submit your application online to SSS (

March 15: Deadline for all tax forms due to SSS in Randolph, Massachusetts to ensure consideration for tuition assistance.

Forms due include:

1040 and W-2 and/or other applicable tax forms for the year just completed. Families requesting aid for the first time must also submit this information for the prior tax year as well.

Review of applications begins. Families may be contacted to supply further forms or additional information, such as an IRS Form 4506 (Request for Copy of the filed tax form).

Grants mailed (only if the Enrollment Contract and deposit have been received).

Grant acknowledgement letter and statement of confidentiality must be returned by the deadline stated in the grant letter for the grant to be applied to the tuition balance. Any past due balances must be settled with the Business Office before a grant is received for the following year.

Tuition Assistance waiting pool

While we strive to make a Haverford School education available to all remarkable boys, our tuition assistance funds are limited. Applicants who are accepted but whose financial needs cannot be met will be placed in a waiting pool. If funds become available, they will be awarded to qualified applicants.

Appeal process

Families who are denied tuition assistance or who have questions about their grant, may make their concern known in writing only to the Tuition Assistance Committee, stating details that explain their concern. The letter must be specific and contain new information that was not in the original PFS. It is beneficial if the new information is quantified and documented. Only one appeal is allowed. Appeals must be sent in writing to the Admissions Office no later than May 1. Families who do not meet the deadlines waive their right to appeal. All Tuition Assistance Committee decisions are final. The Committee will not be able to review appeals until all initial grants are given. Please note that we are unable to meet with any third parties (i.e. accountants, lawyers, etc.) regarding your financial situation. All communication is between the tuition assistance office and the applicant.

Circumstances affecting parental contribution

The following policies are designed to promote the fairest and most consistent division of available tuition assistance. The School adheres to the following policies unless special circumstances allow for deviation.

Non-working parent: To be fair and equitable, the School expects parents to contribute to tuition. If a parent makes the decision not to work, the School imputes an annual income for a non-working parent, after the youngest child in the family reaches kindergarten age.

Divorced and separated parents: In the case of a divorce or separation, the School requires both parents to file an application for tuition assistance. Both parents file a separate Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). All current tax returns and supporting documentation are required from both parents. The School is not bound by any divorce agreement specifying a parent’s responsibility for education expenses. It is felt to be unfair for the School to subsidize a child’s education if one of the parents is capable, but unwilling, to contribute to his/her child’s tuition. Custodial and new spouses are responsible for tuition if the child is claimed as a dependent on the tax return. Please contact the Admissions Office for guidance in handling unusual circumstances.

Legal guardianship: In the case of a legal guardianship, the School looks first to the assets of the child, but may require a contribution from the guardian depending upon his/her financial status.

College funds and student assets: SSS takes these factors into account, dividing total student assets by the total number of years remaining in a child’s education, including kindergarten through four years of college.

Calculation of parental assets: When determining a parent’s ability to pay for tuition, we also consider home equity, supplemental income, payments to pension and retirement plans, discretionary spending, and lifestyle choices.

Tuition & Fees

The Haverford School offers a best-in-class foundation. First, students have the opportunity to learn about themselves and shape their character from an early age. They are encouraged to explore all of their interests, leading to a keen sense of self-awareness. Second, I believe Haverford has some of the best faculty in the country. The knowledge and encouragement imparted by faculty, coaches, and classmates gave me the confidence to explore things that may have otherwise been out of reach. Finally, Haverford taught me the power of communication. The ability to communicate effectively, a tenet of the Haverford School experience, allows one to extend to his or her full potential.Randall Drain '01

Read more about the outcomes of a Haverford School education through the eyes of our alumni, who are making their mark around the world >

2016-17 Tuition & Fees

Grade LevelTuition
Pre-kindergarten (full day)$22,300
Kindergarten (full day)$25,900
Grades 1-2$29,000
Grades 3-5$30,100
Grade 6, Forms I-II (Grades 7-8)

Forms III-VI (Grades 9-12)


Note: The Haverford School incorporates most anticipated fees in the tuition.

Dining Hall

Lunches may be brought from home, or food may be purchased in our Dining Hall beginning in first grade. We provide two meal payment plans, and lunches range from $5-$7. For more information, please visit the Dining Services web page.


Polos, gym shirts, ties, and other school clothing items are available through our school store, the FORDS Store. Uniform requirements are included as part of the School’s parent handbook and also available in the division handbooks.

Stationery, supplies, and books

Textbooks and supplies are included in Lower and Middle School tuition. Textbooks are included in the Upper School tuition.

Apply for Tuition Assistance

After submitting your admissions application, you may begin the tuition assistance application process by completing the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through School and Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools. Complete just one PFS, even if you have more than one child applying for aid.

First, download the PFS Workbook.

Then, follow the steps below to complete your tuition assistance application.

Key Information

School Full NameThe Haverford School
SSS Code3754
Due date for completing the PFSJanuary 1, 2016
Due date for submitting documentsMarch 15, 2016

Step 1: Complete the Parents' Financial Statement Online

1. Go to the SSS website:

2. Login to the PFS online

Are you applying for aid for the first time? Click on the green “Create an Account” button. You’ll be asked to enter your name and email address and to select a password.

Did you apply last year? Enter in your login and password from last year in the section called “Returning Families.” If you have forgotten your login information, click on “forgot your password.”

3. Begin a PFS for academic year 2016-17

Download the PFS Online Workbook and refer to on-screen help for guidance along the way. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time, then return later to complete your PFS.

4. Pay for and submit your PFS

The fee of $47 is non-refundable. Once you have paid for and submitted your PFS, noting Haverford’s SSS number of 3754, we will receive your information. About 24 hours after you submit your PFS, you can go back to the PFS Online to submit any additional documents (see next section) and to view your Family Report, which summarizes the information we will receive. You are required to order a copy of the parent report.

5. Submit additional required documents

Approximately 24 hours after you have paid for and submitted your PFS online, you will have access to the Manage Documents section of the PFS Online, where you can upload documents.

Step 2: Submit Additional Documents

After completing the PFS, please complete and submit the following required documents:

  • 2014: 1040 and W-2 (new tuition applicants only)
  • 2015: W-2 Form
  • 2015: 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ, and all supporting schedules
1. Prepare your documents to be uploaded.

Make sure the documents are on your computer, each saved as a separate file. They can be saved in any of the following file formats and each must be not more than 1.5 MB in size: Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe PDF, .jpg, .gif, or .tif. Remove any security or password protection you may have on any PDFs and black out any social security numbers. All documents must be submitted online.

2. Go to the PFS Online and login.

3. Select the Academic Year 2016-2017 button.

4. From your PFS Online Dashboard, click on the purple “Manage Documents” tab.

5. On the Manage Documents page, under “Upload Documents,” click “Browse,” then locate the place the document is on your computer.

6. Click "Upload Documents."

Once you have uploaded a document, it will NOT appear immediately in the “Received Documents” section on this page. It can take up to 72 hours for it to be received and then validated. Once it does appear in the “Received Documents” section, that means that Haverford now has access to it.

If you have questions as you complete the PFS, contact SSS customer service at 800-344-8328.

If you wish to submit documents by mail, send them with a cover sheet (download here) to School and Student Services, PO Box 449, Randolph, MA 02368-0449. For overnight service, use: School and Student Services, 437 Turnpike Street, Canton, MA 02021.

Please do not send any documents to the School. All documents must go directly to SSS.

Step 3: Await Tuition Assistance Decision

We will communicate our tuition assistance decision to you.

To make our decision, we use the information from the PFS as a starting point. SSS does not determine the amount of tuition assistance you receive. Haverford will make that decision independently. Your need is institutionally determined.


Kevin Seits

Director of Enrollment and Tuition Assistance

Robin Roach

Administrative Assistant, Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance Stats

  • Students receiving need-based aid: 32%
  • T.A. budget: $7 million
  • Average grant: $22,500

The Haverford School SSS Online


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