Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Committee on Friends Education and the Friends Education Fund of Friends Council on Education helps make Friends education more affordable for PYM families who wish to enroll their children in Friends schools within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Grants from these funds are available to children of PYM members in grades K- 12 at PYM Friends schools, where families meet our financial need standards (defined at the bottom of page).
Grants tend to be about $600 per child in traditional schools and $1,000 for children in schools for students with learning differences. The grants are paid to the schools toward tuition costs; and schools accepting these funds have agreed that grant amounts shall be in addition to, and not in place of, other tuition aid and credits for Quaker children.
Now is the time for families to apply to their meeting, using the PYM/FEF application form and following procedures and timetables established by their meeting and school.
Below are links to documents to guide the application process:
- A letter from PYM to parents outlining the application process
- Application Timeline
- Application Form
- Guidelines & Procedures
The application documents and other details are also available on the Friends Education Fund website.
Families and meetings with questions are invited to contact Christie Duncan-Tessmer, Associate Secretary for Program & Religious Life of PYM at 215-241-7008 or email@example.com. Families may also contact the Financial Aid Officer at their school.
Schools with questions may contact Friends Council on Education at 215.241.7245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Needs Standard: To determine if the family meets our needs standard the School uses a formula that gives an advantage to Quaker families by applying its own needs standard using an income figure for each application that is 20% less than the actual family income. Families who qualify for even the most modest amount of aid from the school on this basis are considered eligible for the PYM/FEF grant.