Tuition and Affordability

Erie Day School has a tuition schedule for each class, Toddler through Grade 8.  We strive to make tuition affordable for families through a variety of ways, including sibling discounts, merit scholarships, or financial assistance, so that an Erie Day School education is affordable for everyone.

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of enrollment unless an application is submitted for financial assistance, in which case a non-refundable $300 deposit is required. This deposit is applied toward the tuition balance. Tuition balances are paid in-full by August 1st for the first semester and December 1st for the second semester. Scholarships, sibling discounts and financial assistance is available for families who qualify with students in Grades 1 - 8. Erie Day School also offers a variety of payment plans including monthly installments through SmartTuition. For more information, contact Cindy Minnick, Business Manager, at 814-452-4273 or cminnick@eriedayschool.com

Tuition for Toddler (2 years of age), Preschool (3 years of age) and PreKindergarten (4 years of age) is:

Half Days (8:15 - 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday) - $210.00 per week

Full Days (8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday) - $250.00 per week

Please contact Kim Connelly, Admissions Director, at 814-452-4273, Ext. 108, or kconnelly@eriedayschool.com for the Tuition Schedule for Grades 1 through 8.

Sibling Discounts:

Sibling discounts are offered to families whose student(s) is not receiving a merit scholarship or financial assistance.
Oldest student: Full cost of tuition
Second oldest student: Tuition minus 10%
Third oldest student: Tuition minus 20%
Fourth oldest student: Tuition minus 30%
Fifth oldest student: Tuition minus 40%

Financial Assistance:

Erie Day School funds much of its annual operating expenses with tuition dollars. This decision means that tuition controls, in large part, the quality of the education Erie Day School is able to offer. While recognizing that a financial commitment is appropriate for something as crucial as children’s education, the School acknowledges that financial assistance will be necessary to build and maintain the sort of student body Erie Day School aspires to have. Central to our mission as a school is to have a diverse student body that reflects the community in which we live. It is our belief that a diverse community of learners provides our students with a more global perspective and enriches their lives by having exposure to a wide variety of socio-economic, religious, and racial groups.

To help families better afford an Erie Day School education, financial aid is available to those with students in Grades 1-8 demonstrating financial need. Erie Day School uses the Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS) from the School and the Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) forms. To determine your family’s eligibility, parents need to complete an application for financial assistance available at www.sssbynais.com. This is an NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) owned service that helps schools objectively determine a family’s ability to pay for school tuition and other educational expenses.

This need is determined based on information the family provides confidentially to the SSS tuition aid program. Awards are based on the complete financial profile provided by the family, not solely on income. All applications for financial assistance, and any resulting awards, are held in the strictest of confidence. Financial assistance at Erie Day School is generally presented in April for the upcoming school year.

How does one qualify?

It is important to understand that financial assistance is not charity, but rather a means to an end. In assessing a family’s ability to pay tuition, School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) evaluates each family’s complete financial record. Salary is only one component taken into consideration when making this determination. As the cost of independent school education has risen, so have the parameters by which SSS makes these determinations. A family should never be deterred from applying if they seek an independent school education for their child.

Where do the funds come from?

Erie Day School funds its financial assistance awards through a variety of programs. In past years, these programs have included the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), school sponsored fundraising events and the generosity of friends of the School.

How many families receive financial assistance at Erie Day School?

Currently, more than 30% of the student body receives some form of financial aid. Last year, Erie Day School awarded more than $300,000 to eligible families.