Tuition & Affordability

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Whitfield is committed to maintaining an economically diverse community—with family incomes of all levels represented.  Because of this commitment, we generously offer merit scholarships to deserving students, and financial aid for families who demonstrate need. We are also committed to building a community that is invested in the long-term success of our school and of our students—the future leaders of our community, our country, our world.



2019-20 Tuition


Average merit award


2019-20 Burke Merit Scholars


Average financial aid award


2019-20 Steward Scholars
Return on Your Investment
95% of the Class of 2019 (69 of 73 students) earned merit, athletic and leadership scholarships totaling over $3,200,000 for their freshman year of college alone. Investing in secondary education can have a hard return. Whitfield’s expert college counseling team provides a student-centered, highly personalized approach that empowers students to reach their top choice school in a low-stress way.
Finding Success in College
In addition to earning college scholarships, we prepare students to be successful in college. Just as we prepare students academically, we help students build the confidence and comfort to work directly with professors, to seek clarification and additional support as they need it, to develop time-management and organizational skills; to be advocates of their own learning.
Finding Success in the Workplace
In addition to success in the classroom, the Whitfield experience prepares students to respectfully engage in civil discourse, an expectation of colleges and employers. Our international program and commitment to diversity lead to strong bonds among students of vastly different backgrounds. A diverse student body broadens the perspectives and experiences shared in class discussions and prepares Whitfield students for the global realities they will face in college and beyond.


Tuition & Fees

While tuition for the 2019-20 school year is $27,775, the cost to educate each student at Whitfield greatly exceeds this. This “gap” is covered by draws on our endowment and generous gifts from current and past parents, alumni, grandparents and friends.

Families may choose to pay tuition in three different ways: one payment, two payments, or ten monthly payments. Tuition varies slightly depending on which payment plan a family chooses.

Other costs in addition to tuition may include technology fees, Parents’ Council dues, middle school overnight trips, field trips and/or school supplies and items purchased from the campus store. These fees are tallied on a monthly bill that parents receive online. Textbooks plus these incidentals average about $1,500 per year. Tuition includes lunch.

We know that tuition and fees—especially for families with several children enrolled in independent schools—can add up. That is why Whitfield is committed to a robust tuition assistance program offered through scholarships and need-based financial aid. Through these vehicles, we are investing in the immeasurable potential of children.

Mary L. Burke Merit Scholarship

Mary L. Burke Merit Scholarships recognize academic achievement. Recipients present outstanding academic performance in a rigorous program and strong SSAT scores. Furthermore, students exhibit characteristics consistent with our Habits of Mind & Heart. Burke Scholars must be committed to their community and demonstrate the skills and determination necessary for success at Whitfield. 

Learn more about the Mary L. Burke Merit Scholarship

Steward Scholars

The Steward Scholars Program is our most esteemed scholarship award program. In addition to tuition assistance, its nine participants receive one-on-on mentoring by Whitfield faculty, introductions to influential members of our community and those around the country, community service opportunities, and life-changing travel. This program provides every kind of support needed for Steward Scholars to thrive during their Whitfield years and beyond.

Learn more about the Steward Scholars Program

Need-Based Financial Aid

Financial aid awards range from $3,000 to over $20,000, with an average award of $16,000. Over 30% of Whitfield’s student body receives some financial aid.

You may be surprised to learn that factors contributing to financial need include the number of children you have enrolled at Whitfield (while you may not qualify for aid with one student enrolled, you may qualify with two or more students enrolled).

Learn more about Need-Based Financial Aid