Tandem Friends School seeks students who will thrive in our unique educational environment, who will explore our school program to its fullest, and who will make a difference in the world when they graduate. Tandem Friends School strives to maintain a student body that represents a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, walks of life, and financial circumstances.
We appreciate that for most families, an independent school education represents a substantial financial commitment, one that requires prioritizing education over other expenses. To assist families with their educational goals, Tandem Friends makes adjustments to tuition if families complete the financial aid application and their unique financial circumstances fall within the qualifying range. These tuition adjustments make it possible for many families to enroll one or several children at our school.
Financial aid at Tandem Friends is funded by our operating budget. Every year, financial aid availability depends on several factors that include: our annual budget, our projected enrollment, the number of families applying for a financial aid tuition adjustment, and each family's unique financial circumstances. The Financial Aid Committee uses FAST, our financial aid assessment program, to take these elements into account and endeavors to equitably and objectively maximize each family's tuition adjustment while staying within our budget. While the amount of financial aid the school can provide is limited, we do our best to meet the needs of families who apply to the school and whose financial circumstances qualify them for a financial aid tuition adjustment as assessed by FAST.
Financial aid tuition adjustments are assessed annually and are need-based. Families seeking tuition reduction are asked to renew their financial information in their financial aid application each winter.
Receiving financial aid at TFS means a reduction in tuition a family pays for the year. This tuition reduction does not affect other school-related expenses. It does not mean a family receives an allocation of funds and it is not a loan that would need to be paid back. Families should also budget for additional school-related expenses such as the cost of personal school supplies, the cost of lunch (students may either bring or buy their own lunch), tutoring fees (if applicable), and AP test fees (if applicable).
Tandem Friends School does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation or national ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial-aid programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
Tandem Friends School complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and will make reasonable accommodations for the known disability of an otherwise qualified student, unless undue hardship on the operation of the business would result.