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Affording PJA (K-8)

Tuition

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year

Tuition: Kindergarten - 5th Grade - $19,415
Tuition: Middle School - $20,035

Discounts
Third and additional children from the same family receive a 20% discount on tuition.

Full Payment Plan
Entire payment by May 1, 2019 - receive $200 discount per student.
Entire payment by June 1, 2019 - receive $100 discount per student.

Ten Payment Plan
10 equal installments due the first of each month from July 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020. These fees are for the academic year 2019-2020. Fees may be adjusted for the 2020-2021 academic year. Consult the PJA business office for more information. A voluntary donation of $2,000 will help to offset the difference between the tuition and the actual cost of educating a student and is tax deductible to you. If you would like to make a donation to PJA, please click here.

For preschool pricing information click here.
For infant/toddler program pricing information click here.
To fill out a Tuition Assistance application, click here.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is determined on the basis of need as well as timely submission of the tuition assistance application and registration forms. We strive to make it possible for students whose families require assistance to attend PJA, while stewarding the community's resources responsibly. While PJA rarely grants awards greater than 50% in tuition assistance, PJA may consider requests that are greater than 50% for certain circumstances. PJA is committed to addressing the concerns that families have regarding the affordability of a Jewish Day School education and strongly encourages families at every level of need to apply for financial assistance.

We utilize the online service of Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) to process applications. FAST will be the standard submission format for all applications. Families with complicated or unusual financial situations may be asked to provide supplemental information.

FAST does not decide whether tuition assistance will be given or how much to give; rather, FAST provides a need-based financial aid analysis service which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from FAST is kept confidential. Results are reviewed by the Tuition Assistance Committee which makes recommendations and the determination of awards are solely the responsibility of the PJA Tuition Assistance Committee, PJA Principal and Chief Financial Officer. This committee considers all submitted information and individual tuition assistance decisions to be strictly confidential. Tuition Assistance offers are then sent to families.

There is a $45 per family fee that accompanies the Tuition Assistance application that can be paid by credit card at the end for the application session. If you do not have a credit card or cannot budget the fee, please call Beth Germain at 503.535.3593 for assistance.

Applications for 2019-20 open now.

Step 1: Complete the FAST Financial Aid Application online

  • Please note: For two household families, both parents are required to complete an application even if only one parent contributes to tuition.
  • Typically, the Tuition Assistance Committee will impute a wage for a spouse who is not currently employed. The wage will be calculated at 40 hours per week at a minimum wage. However, the committee makes exceptions when a spouse has a substantial reason for not being employed, such as having non-school-age children at home, having children and/or parents who require significant assistance, inability to find employment, or inability to work due to religious or cultural reasons. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please do not hesitate to contact the Chief Financial Officer.
  • The application process is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program allowing you to partially complete an application as needed and go back to it at another time. If you have questions about the application process online, please use the available online, e-mail and a 24/7 helpline provided through FAST. PJA is not equipped to answer your specific questions about the online application.

To be considered for tuition assistance complete the online form.
Click here to complete the online form.

Step 2: Submit a personal statement (encouraged)

  • Describe briefly why your family is applying for tuition assistance and any other circumstances that are not covered in other portions of the application. You may use the “letter” section of the application for this purpose.

Step 3: [New Applicants] Submit your 2017 W-2s and tax documents

  • Deadline for applications is January 25, 2019.
  • Include W-2 and/or 1099 statements.
  • Include the 1040 form with all applicable schedules showing income or losses.
  • Include Schedule A if applicable.
  • Electronic signatures via Turbo Tax or other tax software are acceptable.
  • Preferred submission method: Scan and upload directly to FAST. Instructions to upload documents can be found online.
  • Alternatively, you may mail your most recent tax returns for both state and federal taxes with all schedules and W-2’s to:
  • FAST Processing
    ISM
    1316 North Union Street
    Wilmington DE 19806-2594

*Include the school’s name on the outside of the envelope to ensure faster processing of your application.

Step 4: [All Applicants] Submit your 2018 W-2s and tax documents

  • Deadline for applications is January 25, 2019.
  • Submit your 2018 W-2 by February 5, 2019.
  • Submit your 2018 tax documents ASAP but no later than April 15, 2019.
    • Plan on filing your 2018 taxes early in order to meet this requirement.
    • Please include the 1040 form with all applicable schedules showing income or losses.
    • Include Schedule A if applicable.
    • Please note that electronic signatures via Turbo Tax or other tax software are acceptable.
  • Preferred submission method: Scan and upload directly to FAST. Instructions to upload documents can be found online.
  • Alternatively, you may mail your most recent tax returns for both state and federal taxes with all schedules and W-2’s to:
  • FAST Processing
    ISM
    1316 North Union Street
    Wilmington DE 19806-2594

*Include the school’s name on the outside of the envelope to ensure faster processing of your application.


Average Award

Range of Eligibility

The tables below outline average tuition for families in PJA’s tuition assistance program over the past five years. These tables are based on income range and the number of children in PJA. We hope this gives a sense of what your family could anticipate in tuition assistance to attend PJA.*

ONE CHILD AT PJA

Income Range Average Family Contribution # of Awards in the past 5 years
$0 - $39,999 $8,08112
$40,000 - $79,999 $9,16951
$80,000 - $119,999 $10,62144
$120,000 - $159,999 $12,21249
$160,000 - $199,999 $13,67138
$200,000 - $239,999 $14,04120
$240,000 Above$15,80815


TWO CHILDREN AT PJA

Income Range Average Family Contribution
Per Child
# of Awards in the past 5 years
$0 - $39,999 $9,3732
$40,000 - $79,999 $8,52314
$80,000 - $119,999 $8,66232
$120,000 - $159,999 $9,09238
$160,000 - $199,999 $10,88535
$200,000 - $239,999 $11,41928
$240,000 Above$13,80130


THREE CHILDREN AT PJA

Income Range Average Family Contribution
Per Child
# of Awards in the past 5 years
$0 - $39,999 $3,9331
$40,000 - $79,999 N/A0
$80,000 - $119,999 $10,2301
$120,000 - $159,999 $8,2755
$160,000 - $199,999 $8,8824
$200,000 - $239,999 $9,6154
$240,000 Above$11,45311


*May include childcare and preschool students which skews the per Student contribution.

*The family contributions listed are only averages and not a guarantee of tuition assistance. Individual awards are reviewed and calculated by the Tuition Assistance Committee, and awards are based on many factors in addition to annual income and number of children in PJA. Other considerations may include:

  • Bank accounts and investments
  • Home equity and other assets
  • Certain types of debt and unusual expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Individual family circumstances on a case-by-case basis
  • Status of a stay at home parent without other dependents in the household

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