Affordability

Financial Aid

The purpose of need-based financial aid is to enhance the student body of Fort Worth Country Day. The school attracts and retains deserving and talented children whose families qualify for such assistance. The admission decision is based solely on each student’s academic and personal qualities independent of the family’s ability to meet the cost of a Fort Worth Country Day education. Thus, admission to FWCD and the awarding of financial aid are two separate decisions.

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  • Application Processes and Policies

    The first step in applying for financial aid is to apply for admission to Fort Worth Country Day. Please complete the Admission Application online in the Admission Process section of the FWCD website.

    For step-by-step instructions including a list of required supporting documents, dates and deadlines, please review the guide Applying for Financial Aid at FWCD for the 2019-20 Academic Year. 

    Financial Aid applications must be submitted online at solutionsbysss.com.

    When submitting the application for aid, please be sure to include the required fee ($51). The financial aid service (Solutions by SSS) grants fee waivers based on their own criteria regarding a family’s income level and applies it automatically.

    Limited funds may prevent the Financial Aid Committee from offering assistance to all qualified deserving applicants. Therefore, families to whom financial assistance is awarded are expected to accept or decline the award by the due date on their Financial Aid Agreement. In the event the family fails to comply with this and other reasonable requirements, the Financial Aid Committee reserves the right to award the aid to an alternate candidate.

    Financial aid applicants pay a reduced enrollment deposit ($100) with enrollment or re-enrollment contracts. The deposit is refunded upon request if the financial aid award is not sufficient to meet the family’s need, and if the family submits a formal request to withdraw the student from the School on or before the requested due date stated on the Financial Aid Agreement.

    Families may appeal a financial aid decision or an award amount if they can provide supplemental information which would be pertinent to the computation of the award. Financial aid grants are credited to the students’ accounts at the beginning of the billing cycle for an academic year. Each family receiving financial aid will be required to pay a portion of the student’s estimated educational expenses. The balance will be drafted in ten monthly installments.

  • Requirements for Financial Aid

    To receive aid for the first time, a student must be accepted for admission to Fort Worth Country Day. Parents are asked to complete the enrollment process and pay a $100 deposit (per child). In addition, the student must exhibit exemplary citizenship and a positive classroom attitude reflected by above average grades. The student must also have actively participated in the life of the school community. Finally, the Parents' Financial Statement must show demonstrated financial need. To receive aid in subsequent years, the student must continue to meet the above requirements and parents must submit a PFS and include all tax documents each year.
  • Divorced Parents

    Because financial aid is based on a family's ability to meet the cost of an education at Fort Worth Country Day, a family will be defined as consisting of both natural parents of the applicant, any step-parent, plus any children from the original marriage along with any children produced by the current marriage. The school will not be bound by the assertion of one parent, including a divorce decree, that he/she is not responsible legally or otherwise for educational expenses. Thus, both parents must provide the information that is requested on the Parents' Financial Statement that is filed each year with the School and Student Services. If this information is not available at the time the application is evaluated, it may cause an arbitrary assessment of financial need to be made by the school. This may result in a lesser award or no award at all. The financial aid contract will be sent to both parents, who must decide how to divide the parents' contribution, and it will be both parents' responsibility to ensure that Fort Worth Country Day receives payment.
  • Employment

    Financial Aid decisions are based on dual incomes for a two-parent household. Exceptions would include families with children younger than kindergarten age or other dependents in the home needing full-time care, or some physical/health limitation that prevents a parent from working. If a parent chooses not to work without having any of these extenuating circumstances, the school will add the equivalent of a 40-hour per week, minimum wage income to the total family income for the year. Childcare costs, as always, will be taken into account.
  • More Than One Applicant Per Family

    If more than one student in a family receives an award, but any of the students do not enroll, the amount of the award to the enrolling student(s) will be redetermined in accordance with the school's financial aid procedures and the number of students in a family who actually enroll, whether or not any aid contracts have been signed.
  • College and Private School Tuition

    Fort Worth Country Day takes into account the varying costs of a college education for other family members. That cost is considered when figuring parents’ contribution for FWCD tuition if the parents have also applied for financial aid at any other family members’ college or university. In addition, that cost will only be considered for each person for four years, i.e. the usual length of college attendance. Any tuition for siblings at other primary or secondary schools is automatically taken into account.
  • Award Determination

    FWCD uses the analysis system of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid in determining a family’s need for aid. This service provides the school with information and guidelines for making financial aid awards fairly and equitably on the basis of need.

    Based on the Parents’ Financial Statement that each family submits to SSS, the service computes the amount a family can be expected to contribute for education. In computing this amount, SSS takes into account the family’s income, assets, liabilities, unusual expenses, family size, retirement needs and the number of children attending tuition-charging institutions. SSS then forwards its computation to FWCD.

    The Director of Financial Aid reviews the SSS computation and tax forms and makes a recommendation to the Financial Aid Review Committee. The cost of tuition, books (Middle and Upper Schools), activity fee (Lower and Middle Schools), meal plan and tuition refund insurance are included in the estimate of total educational expenses when the financial aid award is determined. If there are insufficient funds available to meet the demonstrated need of all qualified candidates, priority goes first to returning students and then to new students. Families can be assured that all information concerning financial aid is held in strictest confidence by FWCD.

Loan Programs

More and more families are using educational loan programs to help them manage the cost of an independent school education. While there are millions of dollars and scholarships available to students for college tuition, funds for independent schools are limited to the endowment and assets of the individual school. Even though we do not endorse or promote any particular lending institution, the following has sent us information about their student loan programs for a K-12 independent school education:

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(800) 920-9777

Scholarships

Fort Worth Country Day offers merit/need-based named scholarships. Every year we offer need-based financial aid.  Please refer to the financial aid section above for more information about the process.  

Scholarships available for the 2019-20 school year:
Scholarships available for the 2020-21 school year:
  • The Reilly Family Foundation/ Breakthrough Fort Worth Scholarship
  • The Gayle G. and Evan D. Peterson Scholarship
Scholarship available for the 2021-22 school year:
  • The Joey Pollard Memorial Scholarship

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  • The Malone Scholars Program

    Funded by a $2 million endowment grant from The Malone Family Foundation, new or returning students entering grades 7–9 who are in the top 5 percent of their class and whose family qualifies for at least 30% tuition assistance as determined by SSS and the PFS report are encouraged to apply to be a Malone Scholar at Fort Worth Country Day.
  • The Edward P. Bass Scholarship at Fort Worth Country Day

    The Edward P. Bass Scholarship is a merit/need-based scholarship. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit, potential for community leadership and financial need. Admission candidates for grades 9–12 may apply. (The recipient must be a new FWCD Upper School Student.)
  • The Reilly Family Foundation/ Breakthrough Fort Worth Scholarship

    The Reilly Family Foundation/Breakthrough Fort Worth Scholarship is a merit/need-based scholarship that is sourced through the Breakthrough Fort Worth program at Fort Worth Country Day. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit and financial need without regard to race, creed, or any demographic characteristics.

    Admission candidates must be entering 8th or 9th grade and been enrolled in the Breakthrough Fort Worth program in good standing as a rising 7th and/or 8th grade student. The recipient will be a qualified student admitted through the FWCD Admission process. The student’s family must qualify for financial need based on FWCD’s financial aid guidelines and qualification process.
  • The Jillian Chandler Thompson Memorial Scholarship

    The Jillian Chandler Thompson Memorial Scholarship is a merit/need-based scholarship. It is designed for African-American students entering grades 4-9 who are currently enrolled at Fort Worth Country Day. Jillian Thompson Scholars are academically talented students who possess strong leadership skills, demonstrate community involvement and make a commitment to graduate from FWCD.
  • The Joey Pollard Memorial Scholarship

    The Joey Pollard Memorial Scholarship is a merit/need-based scholarship. It is designed for students involved in the performing arts, specifically in band or orchestra. Joey Pollard Scholars must be currently involved and have made the commitment to continue to be active participants in band or orchestra until they graduate from FWCD. New or current students entering sixth through 12th grades may apply.
  • The Gayle G. and Evan D. Peterson Scholarship

    The Gayle G. and Evan D. Peterson Scholarship is a need-based scholarship. It is designed for Lower School families (grades K-4) who qualify for financial need in the area of 50 percent or more based on Fort Worth Country Day’s financial aid guidelines and qualification process.

    Peterson Scholars will be funded through their fourth-grade year, provided they continue to adhere to both the scholarship criteria and the FWCD core values. After fourth-grade, these students are eligible to apply for other FWCD Named Scholarships and/or general financial aid.

    The Peterson Scholarship received initial support from Mike and Beverly Reilly and their family. In addition, each of former Head of School Evan Peterson’s eight Board chairs made a pledge to the fund in appreciation of the Peterson’s service to FWCD.

Payment Options

For families not on financial aid, there are three different payment plans. All three require a non-refundable $750 deposit. For returning students, the deposit is due on February 15. For new students, the deposit is due upon the completion of the enrollment contract. Please note that there is a $50.00 fee for payment plan changes after May 1.

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  • Plan A - 60/40

    60% of tuition, activity fee and meal plan, less enrollment deposit, due by June 20
    40% of tuition, activity fee and meal plan due by November 20
  • Plan B - Monthly Electronic Payments

    Plan consists of ten electronic payments beginning June 20. A participation fee of $250 per student per year and the required tuition refund insurance are included in the June payment. For additional information, contact the Student Accounts Manager at 817.302.3254.

    Monthly Payments include tuition, meal plan and activity fee (grades K-8). Books to be purchased separately through MBS Direct or other supplier for grades 5-12 and range from $500 to $1000. The final payment may vary depending on student's actual charges.

    Kindergarten
    Lower School 1-4
    Middle School 5-8
    Upper School 9-12
    $2,177
    $2,270
    $2,436
    $2,521

    Federal Truth in Lending Disclosures 
    If you select Plan B, the monthly payment plan, you will be required to pay a deferral fee and the following disclosures apply to your contract: 
    Annual Percentage Rate 1Finance Charge 2Amount Financed 3Total of Payments 4
    Grade K 2.53% $250 $21,765$22,015 
    Grade 1-4 2.43% $250 $22,695$22,945 
    Grade 5-8 2.25% $250 $24,360 $24,610 
    Grade 9-12 2.18% $250 $25,210 $25,460 
    1Annual Percentage Rate: The cost of your credit as a yearly rate.
    Finance Charge: The dollar amount the credit will cost you. 
    3Amount Financed: The amount of credit provided to you on your behalf. 
    4Total of Payments: The amount you will have paid after you have made the final payment.
  • Plan C – 100% Plan

    The entire amount of tuition, less the deposit, along with the activity fee (grades K-8) and meal plan (grades K-12) will be due by June 20.
  • Plan D – Financial Aid

    Plan consists of ten electronic payments beginning June 20. The tuition refund insurance is required and included in the monthly payment along with an allowance for books and incidental expenses (grades 5-12). Unused allowances will be applied to your final payment.
"Thanks to The Reilly Family Foundation Scholarship our son was able to gain access to an exceptional education at Fort Worth Country Day School.  This experience provided him with the academic background that allowed him to be accepted at several prestigious colleges. 

We feel very fortunate because our son was able to fulfill one of his dreams since he was seven years old; to be enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  The contribution of the Reilly Family Foundation was crucial in the realization of our son's dream and we strongly believe that this helped to positively change his life and ours as well."
- Francisco and Ana Torres
Parents of Gustavo Torres '16

Questions?

Contact the Admission Office at 817.302.3209 or email yolanda.espinoza@fwcd.com
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.