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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

2019-2020 Annual Tuition

Lower School (Grades 1-4) | $20,860

Middle School (Grades 5-8) | $25,115

Upper School (Grades 9-12) | $25,330 

Tuition Payment Schedule Options

The School’s tuition payment schedule allows three payment options.

The tuition payment may be paid in full by August 1

Divided into two payments of 60 percent by August 1 and 40 percent by December 1 

The School also offers an interest-free, 10-month payment plan, which requires payment on the 1st of the month from May to February

Tuition and Fees Information What parents can expect

VAlue and affordability

In 2019, our financial aid program provided $2.4 million in need-based aid to qualifying families. At Porter-Gaud, we actively seek to admit and retain talented and motivated students, regardless of their family's ability to pay full tuition. We believe our comprehensive aid program is fundamental in making this goal a reality. We also believe that socio-economic diversity enriches the educational opportunities for all our families.

The key tenants of the Porter-Gaud financial aid program are:

Porter-Gaud does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of admissions, scholarship, educational and athletic policies, or other school-administered programs.

Porter-Gaud subscribes to the principles and services of School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which provides financial analysis based on families' confidential Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). SSS reports provide a point of reference for the Porter-Gaud Financial Aid Committee, which makes all final financial aid decisions.

Financial information submitted for all financial aid applicants will remain confidential and it is not made available to anyone other than SSS and members of the Financial Aid Committee.

Click on the Financial Aid tab above to access our financial aid resources and the SSS online application to begin the process. For more information about Financial Aid, please contact our Director of Financial Aid, Margie Stanbrook. | 843-402-4681 | US Building, Office 136

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Process

Every tuition grant is made for one year and a complete application must be submitted every year. Below are step-by-step instructions to ensure a successful submission process. Please call, email or stop by to see Margie Stanbrook, Director of Financial Aid, if you have any questions or need assistance in completing and submitting your application. | 843-402-4681 | US Building, Office 136

Financial Aid Application Submission Dates:

CURRENT/O'QUINN FAMILIES: Please submit your application by December 1. Financial aid applications submitted after December 1 will be placed in a wait pool for financial aid and unfortunately, funding cannot be guaranteed.

NEW FAMILIES: Please submit your application by February 1.

Step 1: Prepare to Apply

The 2020-2021 online financial aid application can be accessed beginning October 2, 2019.

1) Download your 2020-2021 Parent Financial Statement (PFS) Instructions and Workbook

2) Gather your financial documents (the complete list is found on Page 2 in the Workbook)

Step 2: Complete and Submit Parent Financial Statement (PFS)

Note: Once you collect your financial documents, please plan on this process taking a couple of hours.

1) Visit to create your Parents Financial Statement (PFS). Porter-Gaud's SSS code is 5848.

2) Create your PFS Online account with your email address and a password. If you applied for financial aid last year, simply login to the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system.

3) Begin a PFS for Academic Year 2020-2021. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time, then return later to complete it.

4) After you have clicked submit, you will be taken to a secure payment screen. Please make your secure payment of $51. It is non-refundable. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system. You can, however, login and update your PFS at any time.

Note: SSS evaluates eligibility for families to receive an application fee waiver, which will apply automatically, if eligible.


After submitting and paying for your PFS, upload your documents using the "My Documents" tab on the SSS website. A list of commonly required documents is provided. If you do not have the required documents, please contact the Director of Financial Aid for a list of possible substitutions. PLEASE REDACT ALL SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS BEFORE UPLOADING.

The Financial aid Committee will begin its review of completed applications and make award decisions for the 2020-2021 academic year for returning students beginning in late January 2020 and for new students beginning in early March 2020.

IMPORTANT: A complete application consists of three parts: 1) the online PFS, and 2) your most current federal income tax return (include all tax form schedules and W-2’s.) and 3) any other requested documents.