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.
 

“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?

After-School Programs

Our after-school programs for Preschool, Lower School and Middle School students provide a safe, fun and supportive environment where children have the opportunity to explore their interests beyond the regular school day. After-school offerings for pre-kindergarten students run from the end of the school day to 5 p.m. For kindergartners, Lower Schoolers and Middle Schoolers, after-school offerings run from the end of the school day to 6 p.m. There is no fee for before-school care. Families receiving financial aid will also receive the same percentage of aid for after school expenses.

Additional Expenses

For families receiving financial aid, DA also offers limited assistance for other expenses beyond tuition — such as textbooks, travel opportunities and other extracurricular activities. 

2019–2020 Tuition & Fees

Grade Levels

Tuition 

Activity Fee

Pre-K   

$15,550

$275 

Kindergarten $20,335 $350

Grades 1–4 

$24,290 $350 
Grades 5–8

$24,840

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

Grades 9–12

$26,935

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

Additional Fees  
Student Capital Fee for New Students
(one-time fee)
$3,000
Textbook Costs (grades 5–12) Average of $500–$700 per year
Tuition Refund Plan
(required of all financial aid recipients)
Annual premiums of $108–$188

DA commits more than $2 million to financial aid each year.

11% of students receive some level of financial aid.

Average award: $15,384, ranging from $1,000 to nearly a full year's tuition.