While the largest source of financial aid for families with children in Friends schools is the schools themselves, Newtown Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM), and the Friends Education Fund (FEF)—working in partnership with the schools—seek to make a Friends’ education in grades K-12 more affordable by providing additional aid to Quaker families. The grants from these three sources are applied for with a single application. This application, along with lots of helpful information, is available on the FEF website. (You can also see the announcement from PYM below regarding aid for 2017-18.) The application takes less than five minutes to complete and should be received by the Newtown Meeting Tuition Assistance Committee by February 1, though there is typically a bit of flexibility in this date, so don’t panic if you’ve just missed it. (Students are also required to apply for aid through the school’s financial aid process in order to be eligible for this additional tuition assistance.)
Applications, along with a self-addressed-stamped envelope (or an email address if you prefer electronic return), should be given or sent to Laura Kinnel, Clerk, Newtown Meeting Tuition Assistance Committee, PO Box 224, Newtown. PA 18940. They can also be left in the Financial Oversight mail slot in the meeting office. Applications will be signed and returned to families by February 8, so that families can give them to schools by the February 15th deadline. (Those who are not yet sure which school a child will be attending, should complete one application for each school.) The school will notify Friends Council on Education in June of those students who have applied for and are eligible for the PYM/FEF grant (based on the school’s assessment of financial need).
Families will be notified in June of the size of the grant that Newtown Meeting is able to make. To be eligible to apply for aid from Newtown Meeting, either the child or one parent must have been a member of the meeting for two years by the time of the application deadline (so for the 2017-18 school year that would be since at least February 2015). Those who have been members for at least one year prior to the start of the school year for which they are requesting aid are eligible to apply for the grant from the Friends Education Fund/Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The PYM/FEF grants are available for students attending Friends schools in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area (which includes Newtown Friends and George School), while Newtown Meeting funds are available for students attending any K-12 Friends school.
Friends who are interested in helping to build the funds which are the source of this aid are invited to contribute to Newtown Meeting’s endowment for education (checks can be sent the meeting’s treasurer), The Friends Education Fund under the care of the Friends Council on Education or Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Jonathan E. Rhoads Endowment Fund.
2017-18 Application Info from PYM
Tuition Aid Applications for 2017-18
Information for Parents, Monthly and Quarterly Meetings
On behalf of our yearly meeting’s Committee on Friends Education and the Friends Education Fund (FEF) of Friends Council on Education, I am pleased to report that we will be providing grants for children of Quaker families with financial need who are in kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2017-18 school year. The exact amount of aid for 2017-18 has not yet been determined. We estimate that the amount will be similar to award amounts in prior years.
This aid is in addition to whatever aid your quarterly and/or monthly meeting provides, as well as financial aid from the schools. It is expected that schools will accept this aid on top of whatever aid they are already giving.
Below are links to three documents to guide the application process. Please make these as widely available as possible throughout your communities:
These documents and other details are also available on the Friends Education Fund website. Please review each of these items carefully. If you read through the Friends Education Fund website, you should have all you need to follow the application process competently. However, I know it can be a bit confusing. If something is not clear to you, please contact me at 215-241-7008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 15th, 2017 is the date by which the completed application form (signed by you and your Meeting) should be returned to the school. If you have more than one school-aged child, use a separate application form for each child. Please note that it is the responsibility of parents to shepherd this form through the meeting and to the school. We are not able to track down missing forms. The family must complete the Friends school’s financial aid process – submitting all required financial information. The school then submits the PYM/FEF application to Friends Council on Education (which distributes PYM and FEF funds) on the family’s behalf.
Eligibility requirements for PYM and FEF funding
Confirmation for Monthly and Quarterly Meetings
We will send a document in June 2017 to monthly meetings, listing the students from respective monthly meetings who have applied and are eligible for aid from PYM. At that time, if monthly meetings note any discrepancies between our list and your understanding of students’ enrollment, we’ll ask that you notify the family so that they may contact the school which will be able to make adjustments. We will send lists to quarterly meetings by request.
We give the funds we have available for tuition assistance to the Friends Council on Education which administers the Friends Education Fund (FEF). The schools will submit information from the completed applications to Friends Council which will in turn distribute all of the tuition aid from PYM and FEF to the schools in the Fall. Families and meetings with questions or needs should contact Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Schools with questions will contact Friends Council on Education.
PYM’s Committee on Friends Education (a granting group) and the Friends Council on Education’s ongoing support for several hundred Quaker children each year is the result of a broad-based effort within our extended community. This effort helps make it possible for Quaker students to enroll and attend Friends schools with financial support if it is needed. If you have questions or concerns about this program, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or 215-241-7008.
In the Spirit,
Zachary T. Dutton
Associate Secretary for Program & Religious Life
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
1515 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102