Tuition and Financial Aid Information

The Elmwood Franklin tuition is a graduated fee structure that is "all inclusive." This means there are no additional charges for books and supplies, computers and science labs, outdoor education, local special events and field trips, individual and class pictures, and professional-quality yearbooks. Nutritious lunches and snacks are also included in the tuition. These expenses, at some schools, could total as much as $3,500 per year.

2016-2017 Tuition Rates

Beginners Program $14,950
Prep I $16,750
Prep II $17,650
Grades 1-3 $18,350
Grade 4-6 $18,975
Grades 7-8 $19,975

Payment Options
Three payment plans are available for paying tuition.
Plan A: Pay tuition in full by July 1 (includes a 2% discount)
Plan B: Pay tuition in two installments by July 1 and December 15
Plan C: Pay tuition in 10 monthly installments from July 1 to April 1 (includes an administrative fee)


Tuition Assistance

Elmwood Franklin School is an inclusive community that values diversity and is committed to enrolling bright and eager students who will actively participate in our accelerated, enriched academic program. Elmwood Franklin does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, family structure, or religion. No family should refrain from applying to EFS solely because of financial considerations. Within the limits of the school’s financial resources, EFS seeks to assist those families with demonstrated financial needs. Tuition Assistance recipients represent a cross-section of our student body and the community in which we live. While no student receives full tuition assistance, EFS remains committed to providing financial help to families of qualified students who otherwise could not attend our school.

We use School and Student Services (SSS) to process financial aid applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. Based on the financial information you provide, SSS gives us an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. This helps us make fair and objective financial aid decisions.


  • Go to
  • Create your PFS Online account with your e-mail address and a password.
  • Begin a PFS for Academic Year 2016-2017. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time, then return later to complete it. You only have to complete one PFS even if you have several children applying to our school.
  • Our school code is 2980.
  • After you have pressed submit, you’ll be brought to a payment screen. The fee of $47 is nonrefundable.
  • After you submit your PFS, you’ll have access on the PFS Online to a section called “My Documents.” You can upload the additional documents we require there.
  • If you have questions with the online PFS, contact the SSS Customer Service Center at (800) 344-8328 or

Note: Your PFS, 2015 federal income tax return, and W-2 statements must be submitted to SSS by March 1. Computations based on the PFS may be adjusted to reflect figures shown on your 2014 tax return.

If your 2015 tax return is not complete by March 1, you may submit your 2014 tax return. This will generate an estimated financial aid award. An estimated financial aid award will not be credited to a student’s account until the receipt of the 2015 tax return and W-2 statements to confirm eligibility. Only a confirmed award will be credited to a student’s account. Families who do not submit their 2015 tax return and W-2 statements are at risk of losing their estimated aid package.

Financial aid funds are limited and are awarded on a funds-available basis. It is imperative that families apply for financial aid in a timely manner.

For questions about our tuition assistance program, please contact Elaine Acker at at 877-5035 or


Families interested in Elmwood Franklin School may be eligible to receive tuition assistance from the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund. The BISON Fund is a privately funded tuition assistance program for economically eligible families with children entering grades K-8.

More information including eligibility guidelines and how to apply, please visit the BISON website, If you are currently receiving a BISON Scholarship do not re-apply, but rather fill out the requalification form yearly.

With a maximum award of $1,800, this provides an additional opportunity along with our tuition assistance program for families who desire a private, independent school education for their children but may be unable to afford it. Contact the BISON Fund directly if you have any questions regarding this scholarship.

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