Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for 2021-22


    2020-21 2021-22 % Change
Lower School Pre-Kindergarten $23,500 $24,325 3.5%
  Kindergarten $25,300 $26,200 3.6%
  Grades 1, 2 and 3 $27,600 $28,575 3.5%
  Grades 4 and 5 $30,150 $31,200 3.5%
Middle School Grades 6, 7 and 8 $34,800 $36,000 3.4%
Upper School Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 $38,650 $39,975 3.4%


Penn Charter operates on the founding Quaker principles of equality and diversity. To help realize William Penn's vision of education for all, the school maintains a significant financial aid program. Financial aid for the 2021-2022 school year totaled $12.8 million. Currently, 40 percent of our students receive need-based financial aid.

At Penn Charter, “need” is defined as the difference between the family’s resources and the child’s tuition expenses. To evaluate need, Penn Charter uses formulas created by School and Student Services (SSS). Parents applying for financial aid must complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).

Admissions decisions are made separately from and prior to financial aid decisions. Any student who applies to Penn Charter may apply for financial assistance. Penn Charter imposes no income ceiling or minimum for families applying for financial aid. Because Penn Charter maintains a balanced allocation of financial aid, funds are most likely to be available to new students entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and grades 6, 7, and 9. At other grade levels, financial aid is either unavailable or very limited.

Current families may apply for financial aid regardless of their child's grade.

For consideration in the first round of financial aid decisions, families should complete their financial aid application by Dec. 1, 2021. Because funds are limited, it is crucial that families meet all financial aid deadlines. Learn more about the financial aid process.

Financial Aid Information Session

We are working to prepare a virtual session, which will be posted on this page. Please check back! To be notified when the virtual session is ready to view, please use the Request Information button to send us your information. The financial aid process, deadlines and statistics will be discussed, with ample time for questions. The presentation is led by John Zurcher, Director of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Admissions. Attendance is not required to receive financial aid but encouraged particularly for first-time financial aid applicants.

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The recent session was held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. View a PDF of the slide presentation by Director of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Admissions John Zurcher. 

First page of the PDF file: PC_2018FinancialAidBrochure_page1
First page of the PDF file: PC_2018FinancialAidBrochure_page2

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