Affording DA

We believe that a Durham Academy education should be accessible to students of all backgrounds — regardless of their families' financial means.

The purpose of DA's financial aid program is twofold: to assist families whose only barrier to an independent school education is the cost of tuition, and to enhance the entire student body through socioeconomic, cultural and geographic diversity. 

We are committed to enrolling the most dynamic student body possible, regardless of families' ability to pay the full tuition; to that end, admissions decisions are made prior to evaluating families' financial need. Financial aid awards are offered in the form of scholarship grants, not loans, and do not have to be repaid.

DA offers financial aid to families from a wide range of income levels, and we encourage families to apply for financial aid if they believe they need any level of support.

DA commits more than $4.5 million to financial aid each year.

20% of students receive some level of financial aid.

Average award: $18,416, ranging from $1,000 to nearly a full year's tuition.

How Does the Financial Aid Process Work?

Durham Academy provides financial aid on the basis of demonstrated family financial need. We use an independent third party, Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS), to determine an applicant family’s ability to afford tuition. Durham Academy is not always able to meet the demonstrated need of all families who apply.

To apply, follow these steps:

For families interested in DA for the 2023-2024 academic year, our admissions and financial aid application deadline was Dec. 9, 2022.

Please reach out by phone (919-493-5787) or email to check on space availability at each grade level. 

Parents or guardians can contact Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) via:

“I'm so grateful for the opportunities I was afforded here at Durham Academy, and I want to make sure the students after me are afforded those same opportunities. If it weren’t for the generosity of folks who came before I showed up, I wouldn’t have been able to come here.”

Justin Paige ’01

What Does Financial Aid Include?

¡Bienvenidos a Durham Academy! Para información en español sobre admisiones y ayuda financiera, contacten a Margarita Throop, un enlace bilingüe para las familias latinas en DA.


2022–2023 Tuition & Fees

Grade Levels




Kindergarten $22,700

Grades 1–4 

Grades 5–6 $27,910
Grades 7–8


Grades 9–10 $30,455
Grade 11 $30,610
Grade 12 $30,655
Additional Fees
Student Capital Fee for New Students
(one-time fee)
Textbook Costs (grades 5–12) Average of $500–$700 per year
AP Exams $96 per exam (Additional fees may apply.)
Tuition Refund Plan
(required of all financial aid recipients)
Annual premiums of $121.59–$214.59