Tuition and Affordability

An investment in your child's future

We know that the decision to enroll your student in an independent school is a major financial commitment and represents a serious investment in your student’s future that will pay dividends over a lifetime–in higher education, in a fulfilling career, and most of all, in a life of purpose and meaning.

Falmouth Academy is proud to offer a generous and equitable tuition assistance program and various payment plans that make an FA education as accessible as possible for all of our families.

Tuition Costs and Payment Plans

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  • Costs

    • Tuition Fee 2022-23 (7th-12th grade): $33,294
    • Tuition Refund Insurance 2022-23: $449
    Additional Fees
    Bus Transportation: $1,725
    Woods Hole Shuttle Fee: $530
    Steamship Authority Ferry Pass: $1,004
  • Payment Plan Options

    Falmouth Academy offers three payment options:

    • Single Payment: Tuition and fees due in full by July 1st
    • Two Payments: 60% of tuition and fees due by July 1st, 40% of tuition and fees due by December 1st
    • Ten Payments: 10% of tuition and fees are due monthly, July 1st through April 1st
    Payments are auto-drafted through the Blackbaud Tuition Management billing system. If you have specific questions about payment arrangements, please contact the Falmouth Academy Business Office,
  • Tuition Refund Policy

    Tuition refund insurance is optional for families paying the tuition fee in full by July 1 prior to the start of the school year and required for all other payment plans. If a student leaves school unexpectedly during a school year, this plan provides substantial assistance to help the family meet its financial obligations to the school (subject to the terms of the policy and the amount insured).  To learn more about the plan benefits, please visit by AWG Dewar.

Tuition assistance program

The cost of educating a student at Falmouth Academy—with our small classes, personalized attention, credentialed faculty, top-notch facilities, and rich extracurricular program–is substantial. Though our tuition covers classroom supplies, activities, in-school technology, and the cost of most field trips, we recognize that tuition and fees can feel prohibitive to many families. We remain committed to making a Falmouth Academy education accessible and affordable for the family of each student we admit. We are proud to offer a generous and equitable tuition assistance program and various payment plans. We allocate 20% of our operating budget to providing tuition assistance each year to nearly half of our families.

Falmouth Academy offers tuition assistance to families based on demonstrated need.  It is intended to help bridge the gap between what a family can reasonably be expected to contribute and the actual cost of the education provided by Falmouth Academy. Students must be accepted to the school before a tuition award will be made. The application for assistance is online with SSS (School and Student Services).  Click here for additional information about the SSS program.  To apply for tuition assistance, please review the Falmouth Academy tuition assistance application. 
Falmouth Academy’s Affordability Committee holds financial information submitted by parents in support of tuition assistance applications in strict confidence. All awards are confidential agreements between the recipient family and the school’s Affordability Committee. Please understand that similarly, families are asked to maintain confidentiality as well and are expected not to discuss tuition assistance information with anyone other than the Director of Admission and Enrollment Management or the Director of Finance & Operations.

Tuition Assistance Policies

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  • Business Owners

    All parents who own a business and/or farm are required to furnish a copy of their current business tax return. They may also be asked to furnish cash flow statements, balance sheets, and any other information relevant to the business. Any losses due to property and/or equipment depreciation will not be considered when calculating financial need. We reserve the right to request additional financial information if necessary to determine financial status.
  • Divorced/Separated Parents

    For parents who are separated or divorced, Falmouth Academy requires each parent/family to submit a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) through SSS (including IRS Form 1040, W-2’s).

    If the non-custodial parent refuses to submit the necessary information to SSS, the application for tuition assistance will not be processed. In cases where the non-custodial parent is in no way involved in the upbringing of the student, the requirement of these forms may be waived by the Affordability Committee. In this event, the custodial parent is required to submit a letter verifying the family’s situation from a third party, such as an attorney, minister or social worker, or a copy of the divorce settlement pertaining to one parent being exempt from contributing to educational expenses.
  • Multiple Tuition-Charging Schools

    If more than one child in a family attends a tuition-charging institution, Falmouth Academy requires that families apply for assistance at each of the institutions their children attend. Falmouth Academy cannot subsidize tuition for other tuition-charging schools of any type. It is important to note that SSS computes the total funds available for education, and then divides that amount by the number of children attending tuition-charging schools. Copies of awards (from other institutions, elementary through college) may be requested.
  • Parents Who Do Not Work

    Falmouth Academy assumes that all adult family members will work to contribute to the investment in a Falmouth Academy education. To that end, when the mother or father chooses not to work, and there are no preschool children at home, income equivalent to one current school tuition is added to the calculation of need.

    Exceptions may be made if the parents are caring for a disabled or critically ill child, parent, or grandparent. Parents returning to school or changing jobs as a personal choice must realize that a resulting decrease in their family income cannot be underwritten by tuition assistance provided by Falmouth Academy.

Who Should Apply?

We value a diverse school community that has always included students from a variety of economic backgrounds. Tuition Assistance Program awardees include families earning a middle income, relatively high-income families with multiple children in private schools, and even a small number of outstanding students whose financial circumstance qualifies them for grants of 50% or more. 

Be assured that the Admissions Office is committed to a process that is personalized, responsive, equitable, and user-friendly. The personal touch is a hallmark of the Falmouth Academy experience in all areas of the life of the school, and we are confident that applicants will find this to be true of our Tuition Assistance Program.

Families interested in the Tuition Assistance Program submit information about their financial resources to School & Student Services (SSS) and we use standard criteria to evaluate a family's ability to pay tuition. While it is difficult to define a "typical" award candidate, common factors include income level, number of children in a family, and lifestyle choices.
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