Tuition and Financial Aid

A Cambridge Friends School education is an investment in your child’s future. By laying the strongest possible foundation, you are ensuring that your child will cultivate a love of learning that lasts throughout their life.


Cambridge Friends School is proud of its independence from local, state, and federal restraints. This independence allows our teachers to teach to each individual child and to create curriculum that is innovative and fresh. However, this independence also means that the School is dependent on tuition and fundraising efforts to support our classrooms, teachers, professional development, and general operating costs.

Applying for Financial Aid at CFS

Financial aid overview

It is true that the cost of tuition makes an independent school education a large investment, but Cambridge Friends School offers generous financial aid to many families to make this education a reality. Allocating almost $1,000,000 annually and awarding aid to over 43% of our families means that a Cambridge Friends School education is more within reach than you might have thought.


Cambridge Friends School also believes in integrity and transparency. That is why you will not see additional fees associated with the program at our School. Field trips, athletics, books, and supplies are all included in tuition, including overnight field trips. The only additional fees you will see are related to additional services, such as the extended day program.

Using School and Student Services

Cambridge Friends School uses a third-party system called School and Student Services (SSS) to assess each family’s ability to afford tuition. CFS subscribes to the Principles of Good Practice for Financial Aid Administration as stated by the National Association of Independent Schools.


The application for financial aid is separate from the application for admission to Cambridge Friends School. Families applying for aid should complete the financial aid application at the same time as the school application. Please click here to see the general guidelines for how Cambridge Friends School awards financial aid.

Estimating your award

Completing the financial aid application and speaking about your family’s finances can be awkward and confusing, so Cambridge Friends School strives to make the process as easy and transparent as possible. Below, please find income tiers and corresponding average tuitions to help you gauge what your family might be asked to pay each year. Each family’s finances are unique, and each application is evaluated individually. The Admission Office, as well as the folks at SSS, are always available to answer your questions.


For the 2019-2020 academic year, enrolled families in the following income tiers were asked to pay the corresponding tuition. This guide can help you determine the amount of tuition that you would likely be asked to pay based on your household income. Each family’s application is awarded based on their unique circumstances, so these are guidelines only.


Household Income

Average tuition