A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Affording CFS

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Since our founding in 1962, diversity in our community has been a driving factor, including socioeconomic diversity

What is my tuition?

Submit financial information at the same time as your admission application for adjusted tuition consideration


Even full tuition accounts for only 85% of the cost of a CFS education

Each family’s contribution to tuition is determined individually

2020-21 Tuition Range By Unit

Early School 8:15 am-12:30 pm: $660 – $ 13,200
Early School 8:15 am-3:15 pm: $950 – $19,000
Early School 8:15 am-5:15 pm: $1,150 – $22,900
Lower School: $1,040 – $20,800
Middle School: $1,150 – $23,000
Upper School: $1,240 – $24,740

Carolina Friends School has a long-standing commitment to the founding belief that every child is equally deserving of an inspiring and inclusive education.

Consistent with the values of our community, we have developed a tuition model designed to nurture the goal of creating both access and affordability in a sustainable way for our school.

CFS publishes a tuition range for each unit of the school. Families who wish to be considered for a tuition level below the top of the range submit their financial information for review and consideration to TADS. This data submission happens simultaneously with the submission of an application for admission. CFS then determines the family’s tuition level based on that family’s unique financial profile.

Any family who does not feel they can afford the full tuition amount is encouraged to complete the process to be considered for an adjusted tuition. A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances may qualify for a tuition level below the top range of CFS tuition.

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