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 where the Academy funds up to 90% of full tuition. In certain grades, merit-based scholarships and Alumni Tuition Grants are available.

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.

Financial aid applications are not reviewed for those applicants who do not complete the admissions process. Awards are not granted at the JPK level.

For more information, please contact Verne Bergstrom, manager of student financial services, at 412-968-3132 or

Shady Side Academy admits qualified applicants 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.

For More Information

Verne Bergstrom

Verne Bergstrom
Manager of Student Financial Services