Affording TDS

Affording TDS2021-07-15T13:34:32-04:00

For most families, investing in an independent school education requires careful financial planning. As a school, we seek to admit talented and motivated students, regardless of family resources.

We are committed to creating awareness, developing cultural competence, and building a diverse and inclusive environment where all persons are valued for their unique qualities by enhancing the entire student body through socioeconomic, cultural, and geographic diversity. In fact, research has proven that a diverse environment leads to better learning outcomes for all students.

Families who feel the full tuition cost is out of their reach should not hesitate to visit or apply. We are here to help you determine the best options for your family with this very important educational investment.

We initially chose TDS due to the small class size and teacher:student ratio, the emphasis on character education in a secular environment, and the welcoming “community” feel that we experienced from our very first visit. Over time, our affection for TDS has only grown.

– Current Parent

22% of Students Receive Financial Assistance

We work to enroll the most dynamic student body possible, regardless of a family’s financial background. When determining a family’s eligibility for aid, Triangle Day School utilizes the FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment tool. This assessment takes into account a family’s income, savings, assets, and liabilities, as well as any special circumstances. Admissions decisions are made prior to evaluating families’ financial need, which is calculated by FACTS without regard to race, gender, ability, ethnicity, or religion, and all financial information, including award amounts, is kept completely confidential.

In addition to Financial Aid from TDS, we participate in and encourage parents to apply to the Opportunity Scholarship Program through the NC State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA). This program can award up to $4,200 per year towards tuition for eligible students that apply.

NCSEAA Opportunity Scholarship

2021-2022 Tuition and Fees

TK & K $14,090
1st – 5th Grades $15,575
6th – 8th Grades $17,465
New Student
Application Fee
Building Fee
one-time for new students

first student

each additional sibling

Tuition Refund Plan 2.5% of the annual tuition charges
After School Enrichment
$22 per day
longer-term contracts are
available at a lower cost

How to Apply for Financial Aid

FACTS Grant & Aid Priority Deadline: January 28, 2022

Please complete the Grant & Aid application at the same time as your Admissions application, if possible. Click the Facts Financial Aid link at the top of the Online Admissions Portal to begin the Financial Aid process.

FACTS charges a processing fee of $35 to submit the Grant & Aid application. If this presents a financial hardship, please contact the Admissions Office.

Do I have to apply for financial aid each year?2021-07-15T12:26:32-04:00

Yes. The Grant & Aid application must be completed by families each year they wish to be eligible for financial assistance.

What documents will I need to submit?2021-11-15T08:39:45-05:00

All families will be asked to upload a copy of your 2021 federal tax return (form 1040) and W2. FACTS will specify any additional documentation necessary, based on the information you provide. These may include:

  • Recent pay stub
  • Business tax returns (if applicable)
  • Letter explaining special circumstances (optional)
What if I don’t have my 2021 documents yet?2021-11-15T08:36:31-05:00

We understand that some employers will not send out 2021 W2 forms before January 15, 2022. Please upload your 2020 documents with your financial aid application. When you receive your 2021 W2 form, please upload it to your application even if it is past January 15.

Do financial aid awards cover more than just tuition?2021-11-15T08:38:16-05:00

Families receiving financial assistance will also receive a comparable discount (in percentage) on contracts for the After-School Enrichment Program.

What is the Opportunity Scholarship Program?2021-07-15T12:27:12-04:00

This program can award up to $4,200 per year towards tuition for eligible students that apply.

The Opportunity Scholarship Program applications opened February 1st and any applicants before August 31st will be considered for a full-year scholarship offer. Families may only officially apply for the Opportunity Scholarship through the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority website, and the PEFNC team will help them every step of the way to apply and, if awarded, take the steps necessary to use their scholarship at TDS.

What is the Tuition Refund Plan?2021-07-15T12:27:17-04:00

Participation in the Tuition Refund Plan is required unless tuition, fees, and other charges are paid in full on or before July 15th, in which case the plan is elective. This plan provides an allowance of tuition fees in the event of a student’s withdrawal.

The cost for the 2020-2021 academic year is 2.5% of the annual tuition charges, and is due and payable with the first tuition payment of the year.


Deb Newlin

Deb Newlin

Admissions Director
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