affording da

Durham Academy is committed to making our school affordable and accessible to a wide range of Triangle families. 

We encourage families to apply for financial aid if they believe they need any level of support. As a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Durham Academy provides financial aid on the basis of demonstrated family financial need.

2017-2018 Tuition & Fees

DivisionTuition Activity Fee
Pre-K and Kindergarten     $14,530     $275 

Grades 1-4 

Grades 5-8


$600 (grades 5 & 6)
$650 (grades 7 & 8) 

Grades 9-12


$825 (grades 9 & 10)
$975 (grade 11)
$1,025 (grade 12) 

Additional Fees:

  • Student Capital Fee of $3,000 for new students pre-k through grade 12
  • Textbook costs average $500-$750 per year for grades 5-12
  • iPad insurance coverage averages $40-$50 per year for grades 5-8

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017, Durham Academy awarded more than $2 million in financial aid. The average award was $14,682Awards range from $1,000 to nearly a full year's tuition and do not have to be repaid. 

Financial Aid Application Deadlines

All current DA families: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1 applicants: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
Grades 2 through 12 applicants: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 


Eligibility requires submitting a financial need assessment to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS), which takes into account a family's income, savings, assets and liabilities, as well as any special circumstances. 

Apply for Financial Aid

All inquiries and applications for financial aid are held in the strictest confidence. If you have any questions or need additional instructions, please contact the Admissions Office at or 919-493-5787.

Please join us for our Financial Aid Information Night, set for Monday, Nov. 21, from 7 to 8 p.m., in the Lower School's First Floor Commons.

Payment Plans

Tuition and fees are due at the end of July and November. For information about monthly payment plans and tuition refund insurance, please contact:

Durham Academy Business Office

Ellen Tvrdy
Student Billing
919-489-6569 (x6131)

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Admissions Staff

Victoria Muradi
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
919-489-3400 (x2111)


Lori Reade
Associate Director of Admissions
919-489-9118 (x4103)


Kemi Nonez
Director of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs and Assistant Director of Admissions
919-489-6569 (x6111)


Lali Pshyk
Admissions Office Manager 
919-489-3400 (x2110) 

Holly McKenna
Admissions Administrative Assistant 
919-489-3400 (x2101)



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