Tuition and Financial Aid

Harpeth Hall offers a transformative education to the girls and young women of Nashville, and it's more affordable than you may think.

We are delighted you are interested in Harpeth Hall. For many families, investing in an independent school education requires careful financial planning. We work to keep tuition and fees as low as possible to make a Harpeth Hall education feasible.

2018-19 school tuition is:

Upper School Students: $28,900
Middle School Students: $27,850

Middle School Fees

Middle School Expenses
  • Books: $250 to $750 depending on grade level
  • Laptop: All 5th – 8th graders will lease a laptop for $350 per year.
  • School Uniform: A complete new uniform $200 - $250. (A uniform can be purchased from our monthly consignment sale, the Hang Up, for a reduced price).
  • P.E. Uniform: Approximately $40

Overnight class trips in Middle School (note these are trip costs for 2018-2019)

  • 5th grade trip to Birmingham: $140
  • 6th grade trip to Tremont: $280
  • 7th grade retreat to Camp Laney: $350
  • 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.: $1,489

Optional Expenses

  • Aftercare: Free until 5 p.m. The 2018-19 fee for 5-6 p.m. is $14 per day (prorated for families receiving financial aid).
  • Choir: 7th/8th choir dress is $60 new; Upper School choir dress is $81 new. There are previously worn dresses available for purchase ($30 for MS, $40 for US).
  • Orchestra: Instrument rentals are approximately $35-$50/month. Middle School and Upper School orchestra uniform is $56.
NOTES:
  • The Hang Up Sale is our consignment uniform sale, held monthly.
  • Families receiving financial aid may apply for the Olivia Fund and the Adeline Fund to potentially help cover costs beyond tuition.

Upper School Fees

Upper School Expenses
  • Books: $250 to $750 depending on grade level
  • Technology fee: Middle School - $350 annual fee; Upper School - $400 annual fee
  • School Uniform: A complete new uniform $200 - $250. (A uniform can be purchased used from our monthly consignment sale, the Hang Up Sale, for a reduced price.)
  • P.E. Uniform: Approximately $40
  • Athletic Team Expenses: Athletic equipment that is necessary for a particular sport such as practice gear, cleats, lacrosse stick, softball, glove, etc. is purchased by families. This equipment will remain in the possession of the families after the season.
  • Upper School art fee is $170
  • Upper School Winterim trips: costs vary based on location
NOTES:
  • The Hang Up Sale is our consignment uniform sale, held monthly.
  • Families receiving financial aid may apply for the Olivia Fund and the Adeline Fund to potentially help cover costs beyond tuition.

How Financial Aid Works

Admission decisions are made separately from financial aid determinations. The application process for both occur concurrently, in parallel. Families will receive an estimated financial aid package at the same time they receive their admission decision. All families contribute toward the cost of a Harpeth Hall education. We expect this investment to be among a family’s highest financial priorities. Financial aid determinations are confidential agreements between Harpeth Hall’s Financial Aid Committee and each family.

For any additional questions about applying for financial aid, please contact Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Wellesley L. Wilson, at 615-346-0098, or Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Jessica Viner, at 615-346-0103.

Apply for Financial Aid

Steps to apply for Financial Aid for the 2019-20 school year:

Create an account with SSS, a confidential third party financial information review service.  Harpeth Hall's school code is 3718.

October 2 | SSS opens for families seeking financial aid for the 2019-20 school year.

January 7 | Parent Financial Statement (PFS), 2017 and 2016 Federal Tax Returns and all related schedules due in SSS for all families seeking financial aid in 2019-20. Please note all tax returns and all related schedules must be uploaded directly to SSS.

February 1 | 2018 W-2s and/or 1099s due in SSS. Please note all W-2s and/or 1099s must be uploaded directly to SSS.

March 2 | Admission and Financial Aid Decisions are available in the admission portal.

March 8 | Admission and Financial Aid Response Deadline

April 1 | 2018 Federal Tax Return and all related schedules due in SSS.

Late April | 2019-20 Final Financial Aid Awards are available.

May 1 | Enrollment Contract Binding Date

For any additional questions about applying for financial aid, please contact Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Wellesley L. Wilson, at 615-346-0098, or Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Jessica Viner, at 615-346-0103.

Named Scholar Programs

The Armistead Scholarship Fund

The Armistead Scholarship Fund was created in 2013 and benefits qualified students from Williamson County, Tennessee who demonstrate financial need.

Atticus Trust Scholarship Fund

This endowment fund was established in 2000 and generates scholarship resources for students who demonstrate need. Preference is given to students who meet the school’s criteria of diversity. Atticus Trust board member Nina Brown de Clercq ’86 directed the gift to establish this fund.

Christina Spengler Bumstead Scholarship Fund

Family and friends established this fund in 2004 to honor the memory of Christina Spengler Bumstead ’87. Christy’s wish was for gifts made in her memory to be used to support her alma mater. The scholarship goes to deserving students who demonstrate leadership potential and share Christy’s enthusiasm for life, love of learning, and commitment to community.

The Gary L. Christy Scholarship Fund

Established in 2015 by the Vandewater family, this endowment honors veteran teacher Gary Christy who taught reading in Harpeth Hall’s Daugh W. Smith Middle School from 2003 to 2015. Beloved by his students, Mr. Christy began his teaching career in 1969 in the public school system and brought years of experience, wisdom, and magic to his classroom at Harpeth Hall. Students selected as the Gary Christy Scholar must demonstrate financial need and a passion for reading and learning.

Anita and Bill Cochran Scholarship Fund

Anita and Bill Cochran established this scholarship fund in 1999 to assist talented and deserving young women who demonstrate financial need.

The Davis Scholarships Permanent Endowment Fund

The Frances Bond Davis Scholarship was established in 1993 to honor the 100th birthday of Frances Bond Davis. The Rascoe Bond Davis Scholarship was established in 1996 to honor her son, Rascoe, whose three daughters, Anne Davis '73, Beth Davis '74, and Pat Davis '82, graduated from Harpeth Hall and whose wife, Dugan Davis, was a teacher at Harpeth Hall. In 2008, these funds became the Davis Scholarships Permanent Endowment Fund. The scholarship recipients are students who demonstrate financial need, advanced academic ability, and determination to succeed in spite of obstacles they may encounter.

The Deaton Family Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. C. Terry Deaton established this scholarship in honor of their three daughters, Heather Deaton Arthur ’92, Melissa Deaton Corrigan ’93, and Dana Deaton Verner ’95. Deaton Scholars are gifted and deserving girls who demonstrate financial need.

The Doolittle Family Scholarship Fund

Established in 2003 by Robert S. Doolittle in honor of his daughter, Lauren Doolittle Ossolinski ‘86, and his step-daughter, Betsy Beveridge ‘03, this fund supports students who demonstrate need and meet the School’s criteria for diversity. Recipients may be middle or upper school students.

Carol Clark Elam Scholarship Fund

Family and friends of Carol Clark Elam ’66 established this scholarship fund in 2001 in her memory to be awarded to deserving students in grades five through twelve who demonstrate need and leadership potential.

Edie and David Johnson Family Scholarship Fund

David and Edie Carell Johnson '80 created this scholarship fund in 2010 to provide assistance to girls who demonstrate financial need, are committed to academic excellence, and wish to make positive contributions to the Harpeth Hall community and beyond.

Carolyn Jones Estes Scholarship Fund

Funded through a Charitable Lead Trust established by Carolyn J. Estes this scholarship provides assistance to talented and deserving young women who demonstrate financial need.

Elizabeth Pope Evans Scholarship

This scholarship was established through the generosity of Mrs. Walter A. Greenspan to honor the memory of her granddaughter, Elizabeth Pope Evans, who was an instructor in French and Chair of the Foreign Language Department from 1975 to 1985. This fund is designated to assist deserving students who have demonstrated promise in foreign languages, especially French.

M. Stratton Foster Scholarship Fund

In memory of Nina Stratton Foster '64, this scholarship is awarded to a girl with exceptional promise who otherwise would not be able to afford a Harpeth Hall education.

The Francis Family Scholarship Fund

In 2009, Kay and Richard Francis established this endowment fund in honor of their daughter Ann Robinson Francis '09. The Francis Family Scholarship provides tuition assistance for young women who demonstrate financial need.

Susan Barbara Leake Glasgow Scholarship Fund

The Susan Barbara Leake Glasgow Scholarship was established in 2010 to honor Bobbie Glasgow ’36, a Ward-Belmont alumna and past Harpeth Hall trustee, for students who need and qualify for financial aid. Throughout her life, she was a firm believer in education as all-important, and her family supported her in this conviction. Her daughters are Harpeth Hall alumnae Susie Glasgow Brown ’60 and Emily Glasgow Bruno ’64, her daughter-in-law is Candace Floyd Glasgow ’71, her granddaughter is Barbara Keith Brown Payne ’85, and her sons Sam ’60 and Bim ’69 are alumni of Montgomery Bell Academy. Mrs. Glasgow was proud to be a part of the large Ward-Belmont/Harpeth Hall body of alumnae.

Ingram Scholars Program

This program was established through a bequest of E. Bronson Ingram in honor of his daughter, Robin Ingram Patton ’84. Ingram Scholars are awarded aid based on demonstrated need. Academic potential, commitment to community service, and involvement in a variety of extracurricular activities are important factors in the award decision.

The Margaret Helen Lowe '12 Scholarship Fund

A bright light to all who knew her, Margaret Lowe was an outstanding student, a talented athlete, an inspired classics scholar, and a servant leader who knew no bounds in giving to her friends and community. Her family, classmates, and friends established this scholarship fund in 2015 to honor her memory and to support girls who demonstrate financial need and who have a passion for learning and a heart for serving others.

The Melkus Family Scholarship Fund

Lynn and Ken Melkus and Lauren Melkus ’96 created the Melkus Family Scholarship Fund in 2002 in order to assist the school in attracting the most qualified students regardless of financial circumstance. The gift was funded through the Melkus Family Foundation. The family’s priority is to use the funds to increase cultural diversity at Harpeth Hall.

Owen Scholars Program

This program was also established in 1993 from a bequest of Lulu Hampton Owen. Owen Scholars, students in grades seven through twelve, are awarded aid based on demonstrated need, exceptional academic potential, leadership qualities, special talents, and strength of character.

Madeline and Eugene Pargh Scholarship

Established by Madeline and Eugene Pargh in 1996, this scholarship endowment supports students who show demonstrated need and academic talent. Preference is given to students who meet the school’s criteria of diversity.

The Poteat Scholarship Fund

This endowment fund was established in memory of Mary Jane Poteat ’66 by her sisters, Sylvia Poteat Cannon and Cynthia Poteat Sewell ’61. Upon the untimely death of Sylvia in 2004, gifts made in her memory were added to a permanent scholarship endowment fund for a scholarship for an alumna’s daughter.

Smith-Warner Family Scholarship Fund

The Smith-Warner Family Scholarship Fund makes a Harpeth Hall education possible for students who demonstrate potential for leadership in the classroom and in the community. Given by Margaret Thompson Smith ’33, Peggy Smith Warner ’54, Jeannette Warner ’78, and Mary Laird Warner Stewart ’82.

The Corinne Sphire and Joseph Teaff Scholarship Fund

Ann Teaff, Harpeth Hall Head of School from 1998 – 2014, established this fund with her husband Don McPherson to inspire future generations of young women at Harpeth Hall to pursue their own endless possibilities. This scholarship honors her parents who encouraged their children to pursue their own endless possibilities. The fund provides tuition assistance for young women with financial need.

The Trinity Scholarship

The scholarship fund was established by Thomas W. Schlater III in 2011 rewarding a deserving student who sets and achieves high goals. Tom learned the value of education from his father and his mother, Mary Hughes Schlater ’24. Each of his daughters benefited from a Harpeth Hall education: Sarah Schlater Yavorski '75, Amy Schlater-Berg '77, and Mary Elizabeth Schlater '81.

Sara Womack Warner Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established in 1997 by Beth and Dudley Warner in honor of his mother, Sara Womack Warner ’35. Scholarship funds support an upper school student interested in music or performing arts.

The Wiley Family Scholarship Fund

David and Margaret Hayes Wiley ’49 established this scholarship in 2003 to be awarded to an outstanding Upper School student who demonstrates need and who will make a significant contribution to the Harpeth Hall community. The scholarship honors the four generations of their family and friends who have attended and benefited from Ward-Belmont and Harpeth Hall.

Additional Financial Aid Resources

Elizabeth Bond Davis '74 International Exchange Scholarship Fund

Elizabeth "Beth" Bond Davis '74 was an adventurous traveler, open to new cultures, high achieving, brave, and kind to everyone. She was Harpeth Hall's first American Field Service student receiving an American Abroad Scholarship to travel to Malaysia in 1973. To honor Beth's memory, the Joe C. Davis Foundation, family, and friends established an endowment fund in 2014 to enable students who demonstrate financial need to participate in International Exchanges and explore our world.

Grace Wilson Irvin '70 Winterim-In-France Scholarship

After Grace Irvin’s untimely death in May 2000, her relatives established this scholarship in her memory to help a Harpeth Hall French student participate in the Winterim trip to France.

The Olivia Fund

This fund was established anonymously in 2001 by a Harpeth Hall parent in honor of his young daughter, who was in her 2nd year of eight at the school. Its purpose is to help students and their families with expenses that are important to an inclusive school experience but are not covered in financial aid awards for tuition, such as class trips, books, and various extracurricular activities.

The Winterim Travel Fund

Harpeth Hall has various resources to provide students on financial aid with partial scholarships for Winterim academic travel and International Exchanges. One such fund is described below. The Director of Winterim and International Exchange shares information about applying for scholarship funding when Winterim travel opportunities are announced each year.

The Winterim Travel Fund
Peggy Smith Warner ’54, Jeannette Warner ’78, Mary Laird Warner Stewart ’82 and Overton Thompson Smith established this fund through the Henry Laird Smith Foundation in 2014 to assist girls on financial aid with expenses related to Winterim Academic Travel and International Exchanges. These experiences foster a deeper understanding of the world and other cultures, and this fund will allow girls to have access to life-changing opportunities regardless of financial circumstances. The Smith-Warner Family hopes that others who have enjoyed and have been impacted by Winterim and Exchange travel will be inspired to help future generations of young women have similar global study experiences.

Financial Aid Policies

2019-20 Harpeth Hall Financial Aid Policy

  • Harpeth Hall does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or disability in its financial aid policies.
  • Harpeth Hall requires all families seeking financial aid to apply each year. Families who apply for financial aid after the published deadline are awarded need-based financial aid based on the availability of funds.
  • Harpeth Hall uses the SSS Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as a guideline in determining financial aid awards. The Financial Aid Committee reserves the right to make adjustments to the EFC based on Harpeth Hall’s financial aid policy.
  • Harpeth Hall requires families to submit a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through School and Student Services (SSS by NAIS). In addition, Harpeth Hall requires a copy of the Federal Tax Return 1040, including all related schedules, and W-2 Form(s) and/or 1099s for the two tax years prior to the year the student’s financial aid begins from all parent(s)/guardian(s) financially responsible for the applicant, including step-parents. Harpeth Hall reserves the right to request verification of all financial documents via Form 4506T. From time to time, the Financial Aid Committee may request that families receiving financial aid complete Form 4506T to verify tax documents submitted.
  • Harpeth Hall expects that all financially responsible parent(s)/guardian(s) contribute to cost of the applicant’s education. In the event that a parent/guardian is not working, the Financial Aid Committee will impute income equivalent to one full tuition for the appropriate school division. Exceptions to this policy include a household with a child under the age of 5, a household responsible for the care of a family member or a household in which a parent is enrolled in school during the same year for which the family is applying for financial aid. In the event that a parent/guardian’s wages are below that of tuition for the appropriate school division, the Financial Aid committee will impute the difference between the wage and the appropriate tuition.
  • In the case that a parent or guardian is unable to complete the PFS and provide required documentation, the financially responsible parent/guardian must submit a completed Non-Custodial Parent Waiver Form.
  • All financial aid awards are made on the basis of demonstrated need. The Financial Aid Committee does not allow any unusual expenses including closing costs, legal fees, business expenses, past debt, consumer debt, medical expenses above $5,000 and cash charitable gifts above $2,500.
  • The Financial Aid Committee notifies newly accepted families of financial aid awards at the time of their acceptance. The Financial Aid Committee notifies returning families of financial aid awards at the time of online re-enrollment.
  • Harpeth Hall requires that all student accounts be current in order for a family to be considered for financial aid.
  • Harpeth Hall regards all information, conversations, and awards related to financial aid as confidential.

FAQs

When should I apply for Financial Aid?

The financial aid process begins the year before a student would like to enter Harpeth Hall. If you are seeking financial aid for the 2019-20 school year, your financial aid process begins October of 2018. Families seeking financial aid will complete the online application available on SSS by NAIS. A timeline of financial aid application deadlines is below.

 

For prospective families seeking financial aid in the 2019-20 school year:

October 2: SSS opens for families seeking financial aid for the 2019-20 school year.

January 7: Parent Financial Statement (PFS), 2017 and 2016 Federal Tax Returns and all related schedules due in SSS for all families seeking financial aid in 2019-20

February 1: 2018 W-2s and/or 1099s due in SSS

March 2: Admission and Financial Aid decisions available in the admission portal

March 8: Admission and Financial Aid Response Deadline

April 1: 2018 Federal Tax Return and all related schedules due in SSS

May 1: Enrollment Contract Binding Date

For any additional questions about applying for financial aid, please contact Wellesley L. Wilson, director of admission and financial aid, at 615-346-0098, or Jessica Viner, associate director of admission and financial aid, at 615-346-0103.

How and when is financial aid determined?

Harpeth Hall uses an objective third-party processor, SSS, to provide a financial profile of an applying family. SSS estimates the amount a family is able to pay according to their methodology. After careful consideration, Harpeth Hall determines a financial aid package for a family. We make every effort to partner with families who seek a Harpeth Hall education for their daughter.

Financial aid packages are available to current families during the re-enrollment period in late January and are available to new families at the time of admission in late February.

I'm not sure if our financial situation would qualify us for financial aid. Should I still apply?

Yes. Each year, the Financial Aid Committee makes a wide range of tuition decisions based on your family’s specific situation. The Financial Aid Committee considers a family’s income, assets, debts, the number of students in a tuition-charging school and/or university, and other financial responsibilities. After reviewing these items, many families are eligible to receive financial aid; therefore we strongly encourage everyone to apply for financial aid each year.

 

Is my financial information confidential?

Yes. All financial information is held in strict confidence by SSS and the Financial Aid Committee.

Do I have to reapply for financial aid each year?

Yes. Each student's financial need will be recalculated annually. Therefore, parents are required to reapply each year. All financial aid awards are contingent upon payment in full of the prior year's account.

Are there any payment options?

Yes, Harpeth Hall offers three payment plans: one payment, two payments, and a ten-month payment plan. Tuition payments are adjusted accordingly for families receiving financial aid.

How is financial aid funded?

Harpeth Hall as a whole is funded through a combination of tuition, fees, philanthropic giving, investment income, and auxiliary program revenue. The breadth and depth of educational opportunities available at Harpeth Hall entail substantial fixed costs, each family’s share of which decreases as more students are enrolled. The Financial Aid program reduces the expense of a Harpeth Hall education for full-pay families by distributing our total fixed costs across a broader base of tuition payers. Harpeth Hall is deeply committed to moderating tuition and fee increases for all families by augmenting our other sources of income and controlling our operating costs.

What other expenses are there other than tuition?

Uniforms, textbooks, co-curricular activities, and class trips are not covered by financial aid. Harpeth Hall has additional resources for families receiving financial aid that allow every girl to enjoy the full Harpeth Hall experience. More information can be found here.

 

How does financial aid benefit full-pay families?

To reduce the cost of a Harpeth Hall education for full-pay families, we distribute our fixed operating expenses across the entire student body. Harpeth Hall students are an engaged group of bright and curious girls from different socio-economic backgrounds. At Harpeth Hall, we aspire to reflect the composition of metropolitan Nashville. Read more about Harpeth Hall’s mission and values here.