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?

2021–2022 Tuition & Fees

Grade Levels




Kindergarten $21,935

Grades 1–4 

Grades 5–6 $26,970
Grades 7–8


Grades 9–10 $29,430
Grade 11 $29,580
Grade 12 $29,635
Additional Fees  
Student Capital Fee for New Students
(one-time fee)
Textbook Costs (grades 5–12) Average of $500–$700 per year
AP Exam Fee $95 per exam
Tuition Refund Plan
(required of all financial aid recipients)
Annual premiums of $117–$207

DA commits more than $4.7 million to financial aid each year.

22% of students receive some level of financial aid.

Average award: $17,167, ranging from $1,000 to nearly a full year's tuition.