Every family is encouraged to apply for tuition assistance. Eligibility depends on several factors: parents’ age, income, assets, other financial obligations, and the number of dependents a family has. Financial reasons should never deter a family from applying to Woodberry.
The vast majority of Woodberry's tuition assistance is in the form of grants. The school also offers a small number of low-interest loans. Loans must be repaid, and grants do not need to be repaid. Woodberry's tuition assistance program is need-based. We do not offer merit-based scholarships.
The school follows guidelines set by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), in conjunction with the National Association of Independent Schools. SSS uses a formula that takes into account the costs of housing, food, clothing, transportation, insurance, and other non-discretionary expenses. This allows SSS to calculate how much a family can afford to spend on a child's education.
Woodberry's tuition is comprehensive and covers the full cost of attendance. Woodberry does not charge fees for playing sports or other activities. Travel and book expenses are essentially the only necessary additional cost beyond tuition and vary based on where a young man is from. Woodberry does consider travel and book expenses when making tuition assistance grants.
Woodberry is able to meet 100 percent of demonstrated need because the school's alumni and friends believe so strongly in making a Woodberry education available to deserving boys. Sixty percent of tuition assistance is covered by income from prior gifts to the school's endowment. Forty percent is provided through annual gifts to Woodberry's Amici Fund.