Affording SSA

An education is the best investment you can make in your child's future.

Our families find great value in the Shady Side Academy experience. Our small class sizes, individual attention, passionate teachers, challenging curriculum and breadth of opportunities prepare students to shine brighter in all that they do.

For most families, an independent school education is a significant investment that requires careful financial planning. Shady Side Academy is committed to enrolling a culturally and socioeconomically diverse student body, as we believe this diversity enriches the educational experience for our students. We strive to see that no talented and motivated student is denied the opportunities afforded by a Shady Side Academy education simply because of cost.

Financial Assistance & Scholarships

Approximately 30 percent of SSA students receive financial assistance.
Shady Side Academy offers a number of financial assistance options for families, including need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships and grants.

All admissions decisions are blind of funding decisions. However, families do need to pursue the financial assistance process concurrently with the admissions process. In order to receive financial assistance from SSA, students must be citizens of the United States or Canada. Awards are granted for only one year of pre-kindergarten.

For more information, contact John Gorham, manager of student financial services, at 412-968-3132 or jgorham@shadysideacademy.org.

Tuition & Fees

2017-2018 Tuition & Fees

Tuition by Grade
Pre-Kindergarten (5 half days) $9,800
Pre-Kindergarten (3 half/2 full days) $11,500
Pre-Kindergarten (2 half/3 full days) $12,450
Pre-Kindergarten (5 full days)$14,250
Kindergarten$16,900
Grade 1$19,475
Grades 2-5$20,750
Grades 6-8$25,750
Grades 9-12$30,425
Boarding Fees
5 Days (includes all meals)$13,600
7 Days (includes all meals & weekend activities) $17,500
International Student Fee $2,000
Enrollment Deposit (credited toward tuition) $1,000

Multiple Child Discount

Student in highest grade – no discount
Each additional student – 5% discount off tuition

Tuition Payment & Refund Plans

Tuition Payment Plans
  • 100% due July 15 – no fee
  • 60% due July 15, 40% due Dec. 15 – no Fee
  • 9-month payment plan starting July 15 – $200 one-time fee
Tuition Refund Plan

A tuition refund plan is available through Dewar Insurance and provides a pro-rated refund for a portion of the year's tuition and boarding fee in the event of a withdrawal. A student must have attended more than 14 consecutive calendar days beginning with the student's first day of class attendance in the academic year. The fee to enroll in this program is based on a percentage of the total tuition cost.

For more information, contact John Gorham, manager of student financial services, at 412-968-3132 or jgorham@shadysideacademy.org.

Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is available for students in grades PK-12, and approximately 19 percent of Shady Side Academy students receive financial aid. During the 2016-2017 school year, SSA awarded more than $3.1 million to 160 students. This equates to an average grant of about $17,000 per recipient. Much of this support has been generously donated over the years by parents, alumni and friends through named scholarship awards.

Financial aid funds are limited; consequently, acceptance to the Academy does not ensure that financial aid will be awarded. New families who feel that they may qualify for financial aid are encouraged to contact John Gorham, manager of student financial services, at 412-968-3132 or jgorham@shadysideacademy.org.

Learn more about financial aid in the NAIS Family Guide to Financial Aid.

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial aid is an outright grant used to offset tuition costs and does not need to be paid back to the school.

Financial need is initially evaluated by School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS), an organization used by independent schools nationwide. The SSS analysis of the Parent's Financial Statement (PFS) is used to calculate a family's level of discretionary income to pay for a private education. To help determine a family's level of need, we use the SSS figures as a baseline for our own additional review. Once a qualifying amount is determined, other factors such as admissions goals, financial aid budget and the needs of our applicant pool play a large role in which students receive funding.

We ask families interested in financial aid to submit the following information directly to SSS to be processed, calculated and stored. All applicants are required to have information submitted from both custodial and non-custodial parents:

  1. The Parents' Financial Statement (PFS)
  2. A photocopy of each page of the signed 2016 Federal Income Tax Form, including all Schedules, W-2 and/or 1099 Forms;
  3. Copies of the 2017 W-2 and/or 1099 Forms;
  4. The SSS Business/Farm statement if a parent is self-employed. Form 1120 S is required for "S" Corporations.

Please remember that if parents are divorced, separated or have never been married, the non-custodial parent must also complete all of the financial aid steps listed above, including the Parents' Financial Statement.

Timeline & Deadlines

November - Required forms and instructions are mailed to returning families who receive financial aid and prospective families who indicated an interest in financial aid.

January 8 – Deadline for receipt of Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) from custodial and non-custodial parents AND:

  • 2016 Federal Income Tax forms (1040), including schedules C and E (if applicable)
  • 2017 W-2 and/or 1099 Forms
  • Business/Farm Statement, if self-employed
  • IRS Form 1120S (for "S" Corporations)

February 2 – Deadline for receipt of 2017 W-2 and/or 1099 Forms for all applicants

February 12 – Financial aid notification date for new applicants to PK and K

March 2 – Deadline for acceptance of financial aid awards by new PK and K applicants

March 5 – Financial aid notification date for new applicants to grades 1-12

March 19 – Financial aid awards mailed to all returning families in grades PK-12

March 26 – Deadline for acceptance of financial aid awards by new applicants in grades 1-12

Late April – Notification to families in the financial aid wait pool

May 1 – Deadline for receipt of photocopies of the signed 2017 Federal Income Tax Form, for custodial and non-custodial parents. The Business Office will review this return, which allows the Academy to adjust awards based on significant changes in a family's financial situation.

For more information, contact John Gorham, manager of student financial services, at 412-968-3132 or jgorham@shadysideacademy.org.

Named Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of parents, alumni and friends who have supported Shady Side Academy’s financial assistance program over the years, the school has a long-established legacy of helping families to send their children to SSA through need-based named scholarships. While all qualifying students in the grades specified are eligible for consideration, the level of need required varies for each award. In all cases, when aid is awarded, a candidate will continue to receive this funding through their tenure at SSA as long as the financial need and qualifications continue to fulfill the description of the award.

Merit Scholarships

Shady Side Academy offers two merit-based scholarship programs: the Shady Side Academy Scholars Program (for applicants to grades 6-10) and Boarding Merit Scholarships (for five- or seven-day boarding applicants to grades 9-12).

Shady Side Academy Scholars

Shady Side Academy Scholars Program

The Shady Side Academy Scholars Program offers merit-based scholarships to qualified admissions applicants to grades 6-10. Up to 10 awards are offered annually. Awards are renewable through grade 12.

Criteria

To qualify for the Shady Side Academy Scholars Program, applicants must have proven records of high academic achievement and potential, as demonstrated by performance in the classroom and on standardized tests. A successful candidate will also exhibit leadership potential and exemplary personal qualities consistent with the mission of Shady Side Academy.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a student must be a new applicant for grades 6-10 and complete all components of the admissions application process. Families are not required to fill out the financial aid application but are strongly encouraged to do so. This will enable the school to craft the most advantageous combination of need-based and/or merit-based assistance for each family.

Selection

Once the admissions committee has made its admissions decisions, award recipients will be selected by a committee which includes the admissions officers and head of school. The number of scholarships per grade will be impacted by the number of available spaces and the overall applicant pool. Notification of selection will be in a letter with the admissions packet, indicating the award amount.

Awards

Students selected as recipients of the Shady Side Academy Scholars Program will receive annual awards of $2,500 and above. Scholarships are renewable annually through grade 12 contingent upon the student remaining in good standing, the criteria of which will be determined at the sole discretion of Shady Side Academy.

Boarding Merit Scholarships

Boarding Merit Scholarships

Shady Side Academy offers merit-based scholarships to admissions applicants to grades 9-12 who are interested in five- or seven-day boarding. Up to two awards are offered annually. Awards are renewable through grade 12.

Criteria

Applicants are selected based on academic achievement, character, commitment to community, and the ability to contribute to and strengthen Shady Side’s boarding program.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a student must be a new boarding applicant for grades 9-12 who lives outside of the geographic area for which transportation is provided by the Academy or school district. Applicants must complete all components of the admissions application process.

Award

One $15,000 scholarship is awarded each year, and if a runner-up is chosen, he/she receives $10,000. Scholarships are renewable annually through grade 12, contingent upon the student remaining in good standing, the criteria of which will be determined at the sole discretion of Shady Side Academy.

Alumni Tuition Grant Program

Alumni are the backbone of Shady Side Academy. For more than 130 years, alumni have supported our progress every step of the way. The dedicated and loyal support of Shady Side alumni over the years has made possible the Alumni Tuition Grant Program.

Criteria

The Alumni Tuition Grant Program offers grants to academically talented children of alumni who may not qualify for need-based financial aid, based on their income and assets, but would find the cost of full tuition unaffordable. It is open to alumni families whose total household income is between $150,000 and $300,000.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a student must be a new applicant for grades PK-6 and grade 9 and must complete all components of the admissions application process. Families are required to participate in a qualification assessment, which includes a review of income and assets.

Selection

Alumni families whose child is admitted by the Admissions Committee, and who submitted the necessary financial information, will be considered for participation in the program. The number of grants per grade will be impacted by the number of available spaces and the overall applicant pool. Notification of selection will be made in a letter included with the admissions packet indicating the grant amount.

Awards

Families accepted into the program will receive annual awards of between 10 to 25 percent of tuition. Awards are granted for only one year of pre-kindergarten. Grants are renewable annually through grade 12, contingent upon two criteria: the student remains in good standing, the criteria of which will be determined at the sole discretion of Shady Side Academy; and the family’s income does not exceed the eligibility range, at which point the family would assume responsibility for full tuition.

Fund for the Advancement of Minorities through Education (FAME)

Shady Side Academy is one of the founding members of FAME, an organization whose mission is to provide need-based financial assistance to African-American students who would like to attend participating independent schools in Pittsburgh. FAME provides programs and support for its scholars in the areas of leadership, academic development, community service and internships.

FAME offers the FAME Academy, which is the primary feeder of students into member high schools. FAME Academy is a middle school enrichment program for minority school students that prepares them to thrive at independent high schools through summer and weekend learning opportunities.

For students offered enrollment by SSA in ninth grade, the Academy determines whether applicants are eligible for FAME aid by using input from the the following sources:

  • The financial aid process and criteria, as determined by FAME
  • The admissions strength of the candidate
  • The number of openings available (generally one or two each year)

For the 2017-2018 school year, 15 FAME scholars are enrolled at Shady Side Academy. To learn more about FAME from its students, parents, participating schools and staff, watch the video below or visit www.famefund.org.

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Shady Side Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on these bases in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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