Tuition, Fees, and Affording WNA

Don't let our tuition keep you from inquiring and applying to West Nottingham! Our need-based financial aid budget as well as merit scholarships result in over 50% of our domestic boarding and day students receiving tuition support! Average day grants are close to $7,200, while our average domestic boarding grants are over $25,000! Traditionally, domestic families with income up to $120,000 and boarding parents with income up to $250,000 are eligible for tuition assistance. Monthly payment plans are also available to help with budgeting.

2017-18 Tuition



Domestic Boarding


International Boarding (including room/board and ESL classes and support)


Chesapeake Learning Center


Additional details regarding tuition and fees can be found here. West Nottingham also offers a variety of payment methods.

Other expenses and fees:

Books (~$500)

Student Account (this covers weekend excursions, allowances, snacks, athletic gear, and other small expenses)

Medical Insurance (international students only) $150.00/month

Daily transportation for day students (optional) - $590 annually (one way)/$1180 (round trip)

(West Nottingham Academy transportation is considered according to the needs of our families. Families living in Pennsylvania may be eligible to receive transportation to and from West Nottingham through their local school system.)

Students attending the following schools should contact the admission office to learn about scholarship opportunities: Harford Day School, The Independence School, Upland Country Day School, and Bethany Christian.

Customized Tuition Policy

We understand that every family enters into the admission process with different financial circumstances. Our goal is to make the cost of a West Nottingham education affordable for you, and we do so through a variety of ways. First of all, we offer several payment options for tuition and fees. Secondly, need-based awards are granted based on the availability of funds and financial information provided by our applying families. Now more than ever, we encourage you to take that first step to learn what options are available for your family. Some important facts to consider:

  • Close to 50% of all WNA domestic students receive financial aid
  • Financial Aid availability at WNA has increased substantially over the last several years

Domestic families interested in receiving a financial aid award must apply through the National Association of Independent School's (NAIS) School & Student Services (SSS) ( After the completion of a Parent Financial Statement, we require our families to upload the most current W-2 and 1040 documents. International families are also expected to complete the Parents Financial Statement and submit documentation to verify financial need.

We believe that families are responsible for the support and educational expenses of their children to the extent that they are able. Any financial aid award comes after the commitment from parents and guardians - therefore WNA will consider the resources of both parents, regardless of the relationship between the two. If a natural parent has remarried, the resources of the step-parent will be considered as well. In the case of custodial and non-custodial parents, both must submit application to SSS. All financial information supplied by parents will be held in strict confidence.

Awards are made on a yearly basis and applications to SSS must be completed each and every year a student is enrolled and remains in good standing at West Nottingham Academy. Whenever possible, financial aid awards will be communicated at the time of acceptance.

For questions regarding financial aid, please contact Victoria Sobocinski, Interim Director of Admission:

West Nottingham Academy
1079 Firetower Road
Colora, MD 21917

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phone: (410) 658–5556
fax: (866) 381–3684

Established in 1744, West Nottingham Academy is the oldest boarding school in the United States. We are a 9-12 grade co-educational boarding and day school located in Northeastern Maryland, an hour's drive from either Philadelphia or Baltimore, 90 minutes from Washington DC and just over two hours from New York City.

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