Affording Walker’s

When you invest in Walker’s, you invest in your child's future.

We believe that the cost of independent school education should not be a deterrent to families considering private education.

When you invest in Walker’s, you invest in your daughter, not just academically, but in every aspect of her life.

The cost of educating a student at Walker’s, because of our personalized attention, stellar faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities, is substantial. At Walker’s we are committed to making our education accessible and affordable for the family of each student we admit, regardless of financial circumstance. 

At Walker’s, we value a diverse school community that includes students with a variety of economic backgrounds. We offer tuition payment options and we award over $5 million in financial aid each year with an average need-based grant of $33,000. We encourage all families who feel they may require financial assistance to apply for financial aid.

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Start a Conversation with Us

To learn more about affording Walker’s, reach out to Financial Aid Specialist Sarah Edwards at You may also chat with a member of our Admission Team to review any initial questions about the application and financial aid processes.

Financial Assistance

Walker’s Financial Assistance Program provides qualified girls with the opportunity for a premier independent school education, while also fostering a well-balanced, richly diverse student body. Our financial aid program is need-based and does not include merit scholarships.


The Ethel Walker School uses the service “School and Student Services (SSS)” to process our financial aid applications. Families must submit their financial information on the form entitled “Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS).” Based on the financial information families provide on their Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), a standard calculation is used by SSS to determine a family’s “Estimated Family Contribution (EFC),” which denotes the estimated financial amount that families can contribute toward educational expenses. The Ethel Walker Financial Aid Committee then uses this estimation, in concert with supporting tax documentation, as a starting point to determine a fair and objective financial aid grant.


Please note the following financial aid application deadlines:

  • Returning families: December 1, 2022
  • New families: January 15, 2023

Financial Aid grants are delivered as part of the enrollment contract. Returning students are notified in early February 2023 and new students receive aid decisions along with their admissions decisions beginning March 10, 2023.

Tuition & Fees

We are committed for the long-term to educating our students while also being mindful of our budget. In setting tuition rates, the Board of Trustees works to keep tuition as low as possible to ensure that salaries are competitive, allowing us to recruit and retain the most talented faculty and staff, while also ensuring that our facilities are well maintained, safe and conducive to the best teaching and learning. The 2022–2023 tuition rates are as follows:

Middle School Day $41,950
Middle School 5-Day Boarding (7th/8th Grade) $63,950
Middle School 7-Day Boarding (7th/8th Grade)    $68,950
Upper School Day $50,950
Upper School Boarding $68,950
International $71,950
Included in tuition is a $1,300 annual fee. The annual fee includes a technology fee, on-campus meals, student activities fee, use of the Health Center, as well as membership in The Ethel Walker Parents Association (EWSPA). Riding lessons, private music lessons, some field trips and private tutoring services have additional costs. Health insurance can be purchased for an additional fee through the school and is available only for international students.
Walker’s partners with FACTS tuition management, an online system which offers flexible tuition payments for our families. FACTS works with schools across the country to provide tuition management services that make education more affordable. Through their programs, parents can pay tuition and fees over time, using a variety of payment methods, making it easier to afford a quality education for their children. The payment plans offered do not carry any monthly interest.

1 Payment Plan Entire tuition payment is due on or before May 31.

2 Payment Plan (May and August) First payment due on or before May 31. Second payment due on or before August 31.

2 Payment Plan (May and November) First payment due on or before May 31. Second payment due on or before November 30. The tuition Refund Plan is required with this payment plan.

Monthly Payment Plans The ten month installment plan begins May 31 and ends with the last payment on February 28. The Tuition Refund Plan is required with the 10-month payment plan. This plan has a one time sign up fee of $46.00. This payment plan is available for domestic students only.
Walker’s Financial Assistance Program provides qualified girls with the opportunity for a premier independent school education, while fostering a well-balanced, richly diverse student body. Please visit our Financial Assistance page for more information.