Tuition and Financial Aid

Phillips Academy was founded on the idea that an Andover education should be—must be—open and accessible to “youth of requisite qualifications from every quarter.” True to our constitution, we’re one of the few independent schools in the country to admit students regardless of financial need; the official term for this is “need-blind admission.”

We’re also one of the few independent schools to meet 100 percent of each student’s demonstrated financial need—and we meet that need with grants (essentially scholarships), not loans.

We admit students because of their achievement, talent, character, and promise—and then we make sure they’re fully supported.

The need-blind admission initiative is the single most distinctive feature that Phillips Academy is recognized for around the world. Learn about the progressive policy and how it came to be a decade ago.

Financial Aid Requirements

Families apply for financial aid at the same time students submit applications for admission. Make sure you understand the application requirements and necessary documents.

Assistant Head of School for Admission and Financial Aid Jim Ventre ’79 discuss 10 years of need-blind admission and what types of students Andover is hoping to attract.


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2024-2025 Tuition



Fees for the Application and Standardized Test

An application fee of $60 ($125 for international students) is required with the Preliminary Application (Form 1). While you are welcome to submit test scores, such as SSAT or ISEE scores, they are not required. Choosing to submit or not submit scores will not impact your likelihood of admission. Registration for these tests is handled through the respective testing agencies. Please note: Late registration charges, which are substantial, are not covered by the fee waiver. It is important to refer to the student guides for the SSAT or ISEE to determine the test dates, times, and sites in your area and to encourage the student to meet the stated deadlines.

A fee waiver should be requested from the Phillips Academy Admission office if the family believes payment of these fees will create a financial hardship. To request a fee waiver, a third party, who is familiar with the family’s financial situation (a guidance counselor, clergyman, principal, etc.) should write to the Admission Office on behalf of the family to explain the hardship. The Admission Office will contact the family if further information is necessary.

All financial aid scholarships are awarded through the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends of the Academy and are guaranteed through endowed scholarship funds.