The Shipley School's Tuition Assistance program is designed to make a Shipley education possible for families based on demonstrated financial need. 

New this year, Shipley will use Clarity Tuition to collect basic financial information such as
income, assets, family size and the number of siblings in tuition-charging schools among others. A needs analysis report is prepared by Clarity that suggests the amount a family can contribute for educational costs. Since not all families’ financial circumstances are equal, the Shipley Tuition Assistance Office uses the Clarity evaluation as the starting point for Shipley’s review of each applicant for tuition assistance.
In cases of divorce or separation, Shipley requires information from both natural parents and any stepparents. Each parent must complete and submit a Clarity application. The family’s ability to contribute is based on both natural parents’ and any stepparents’ income and assets.
Once the family’s contribution is determined, the Tuition Assistance Office will offer an aid package to meet the unmet costs of tuition.
The amount you can reasonably contribute toward meeting the cost of a Shipley education is reviewed annually. Your contribution may increase, decrease, or remain the same depending on any change in your financial circumstances from year to year.

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  • Applying for Tuition Assistance (Read More)

    You may begin applying for tuition assistance now following the process described below. To be considered for tuition assistance, your online application and all required supporting documents are due on the following dates:
    Returning families applying for Tuition Assistance
    Application Deadline: December 1, 2023
    New families applying for Tuition Assistance
    Application Deadline: January 1, 2024
    We begin to process new families’ tuition assistance requests in January, as soon as all required forms have been received, therefore it is in your best interest to complete and submit the necessary documents as soon as possible. Late requests for aid will be considered only if funds are still available. If you have any questions related to the tuition assistance process, please contact Nan Bussey,, 610-525-4300 ext. 4183 or Laura Brower 610-525-4300 ext. 4118.
    Please note that admission applications are read without regard for a family’s ability to pay. Only in the final phase is the selection process need aware as the Admission Committee weighs its decision against available funds.
    To begin your application for the coming school year, please follow the steps below:
    1. Complete the online application using Clarity Tuition.
      The application typically takes less than 20 minutes to complete and is mobile friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time.
    2. Once you have completed the application there is a $60 fee to submit. You can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity application for no additional charge. Use the dropdown menu in the application to select additional schools.
    Download the Clarity Application Guide.
  • Tuition Assistance Guidelines (Read More)

    • Only families who demonstrate financial need are considered for tuition assistance.
    • In the interest of equity, if one parent elects to stay at home and not seek employment, the Committee will assume the income of that parent to be the tuition amount of the applicant (An exception is made if the parent is at home caring for a non-school age child or an elderly parent.)
    • If the parents are separated or divorced, all paperwork, including tax documentation, is requested from both parents and stepparents.
    • If multiple children attend tuition-charging schools or colleges, it is expected that the family will be applying for tuition assistance at all schools. Shipley should not be expected to implicitly subsidize tuition at other schools or colleges.
    • If a parent elects to return to school or to change jobs, or a sibling elects to enroll in a 5th-year advanced degree program resulting in a decrease in family financial resources, Shipley cannot underwrite this family choice with greater tuition assistance.
    • If one parent is temporarily unemployed and not disabled, the Committee will review past years of employment history. If a tuition assistance award is made, the unemployed parent must participate in quarterly tuition assistance reviews to report on and demonstrate a continued job search.
    • Tuition assistance grants are annual; a family must re-apply each year they seek tuition assistance. When there are dramatic changes in a family’s financial situation due to a significant financial setback, we will do all we can to make it possible for the child to receive the tuition assistance needed to continue at Shipley. At the same time, we expect a family in this situation to make other adjustments to their family expenditures, in addition to seeking tuition assistance, to help cover the costs of private education. Likewise, when a family’s financial situation improves greatly, the annual grant will be adjusted to reflect the positive gain.
    • Shipley maintains confidential tuition assistance records for all applicants. These records are reviewed by the tuition assistance committee, and occasionally by the head of school. All tuition assistance awards are confidential agreements between the recipient family and the school. The tuition assistance committee considers tuition assistance awards strictly confidential. Shipley does not share information with any other party. Because of this, families may not discuss tuition assistance information with anyone other than a member of the tuition assistance committee. Awards can be withdrawn for breach of this expectation.
    • All appeals regarding tuition assistance awards must be submitted in writing directly to the tuition assistance committee.


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    Nan Bussey 

    Director of Admissions & Tuition Assistance, Coach
    Phone/Extension: 4183
  • Photo of Laura Brower

    Laura Brower 

    Enrollment Data Manager and Assistant Director of Tuition Assistance
    Phone/Extension: 4118

Tuition Assistance Webinar

Register to watch a pre-recorded webinar featuring Nan Bussey, Shipley’s Director of Admissions and Tuition Assistance, as she outlines our process and answers questions regarding tuition assistance. 
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.