Tuition and Tuition Assistance

SSS Applying for Tuition Assistance

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Tuition Assistance FAQs

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Will my family qualify for assistance?

    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.
  • Q: What types of assistance are available?

    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.
  • Q: How are tuition assistance decisions made?

    All decisions are made by Woodberry’s tuition assistance committee using the information provided on the PFS form. All financial information is held in strict confidence.
  • Q: How does Woodberry determine a family's demonstrated need?

    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.
  • Q: Do I need to apply for tuition assistance each year?

    Tuition assistance is awarded on an annual basis and families must submit an application each year so awards may be calculated.
  • Q: Does Woodberry offer a payment plan?

    Yes, the school offers several options that allow tuition payments to be made for up to nine months.
  • Q: Beyond the cost of tuition, what other expenses might my family have to pay?

    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.
  • Q: How does Woodberry fund tuition assistance?

    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.
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Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.