Tuition and Financial Aid

Harpeth Hall offers a transformative education to the girls and young women of Nashville.

We are delighted you are interested in Harpeth Hall. For many families, investing in an independent school education requires careful financial consideration. We work to keep tuition and fees as low as possible to make a Harpeth Hall education feasible. Harpeth Hall seeks to enroll talented young women regardless of their family's ability to pay. Over $2 million in financial aid was awarded to 17% of the student body in the 2019-20 school year and 98% of demonstrated need was met

Harpeth Hall is dedicated to the education of girls and young women and the development of their limitless intellectual and personal potential. A Harpeth Hall education inspires young women to Think Critically, to Lead Confidently, and to Live Honorably. Being part of the Harpeth Hall community is a unique experience that is different from other schools.

Learn more about The Girls' School Advantage. 

Why We Chose Harpeth Hall



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If there is one word that encapsulates how we feel about Harpeth Hall, it is OPPORTUNITY.

Leisa Byars-McSpadden, Harpeth Hall Parent


 

Included in Tuition

  • Lunch
  • Day retreats and field trips
  • Student admission to all on-campus plays, concerts, and regular season athletic events
  • Athletic team uniforms and regular season travel
  • Student Accident Insurance
  • School publications, including yearbook and newspaper
  • Science fee

Also included for Middle School: 

  • After Care
  • Art Fee
  • Overnight class trips
  • Testing fees

Additional Expenses

Middle School

Middle School Additional Expenses

Families receiving financial aid may apply for the Olivia Fund and the Adeline Fund to potentially help cover costs beyond tuition

  • Textbooks: $250 - $500
  • Technology fee for laptop lease: $350 per year
  • School Uniform: A complete new uniform $200 - $250. (A uniform can be purchased from our monthly consignment sale, at the Hang Up, for a reduced price)
  • PE Uniform: Approximately $40

Optional Expenses

  • 7th/8th Choir Dress: $60 new or $30 previously worn  
  • Orchestra: Instrument rentals $35 - $50/month. Middle School orchestra uniform is $56
  • Dance: $75 - 250
  • 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

Upper School Expenses

Families receiving financial aid may apply for the Olivia Fund and the Adeline Fund to  defray expenses beyond tuition.

  • Textbooks: $250 - $500 
  • Technology fee: $400 per year
  • School Uniform: A complete new uniform $200 - $250. (A uniform can be purchased from our monthly consignment sale, at the Hang Up, for a reduced price)
  • PE 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.

Optional expenses

  • AP Exam Fee: $94 per exam
  • Winterim Travel: costs vary based on location
  • Art Fee: $150 for yearlong studio courses; $75 for semester studio or photo courses; $50 for media courses
  • Choir Dress: $81 new, $40 previously worn
  • Orchestra: instrument rentals $35 - 50/month, uniform is $56.
  • Dance: $95 - $250 
  • Some co-curricular activities, mixers and dances: $10 average ticket price 

 

Financial Aid at Harpeth Hall

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.

 

First Steps

Steps to apply for Financial Aid for the 2020-21 school year:
  1. Create an account with SSS (School and Student Services), a confidential third party financial information review service.  Harpeth Hall's school code is 3718.
  2. Select SSS for Families.
  3. Select Login to Complete or Update Your PFS.
  4. Log in to your preexisting account or create a new account.

SSS offers a variety of resources for parents. Please use the following links to learn more about the financial aid process:

SSS Webinars 
SSS FAQs

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.

Financial Aid Policies

Click HERE to view the full Harpeth Hall Financial Aid Policy for 2020-2021.

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 2020-21 school year, your financial aid process begins October of 2019. Families seeking financial aid will complete the online application available on SSS. A timeline of financial aid application deadlines is below.

 

For prospective families seeking financial aid in the 2020-21 school year:

October 1: SSS opens for families seeking financial aid for the 2020-21 school year.

January 6: Parent Financial Statement (PFS), 2018 and 2017 Federal Tax Returns and all related schedules due in SSS for all families seeking financial aid in 2020-21

February 1: 2019 W-2s and/or 1099s due in SSS

February 29: Admission and Financial Aid decisions available in the admission portal

March 6: Admission and Financial Aid Response Deadline

April 1: 2019 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 expenses are there other than tuition?

Uniforms, textbooks, and co-curricular activities 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.

Named Scholars Program

The Armistead Scholarship Fund

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

The Stephanie Balmer Scholarship Fund

During her tenure from 2014 to 2018 as Harpeth Hall’s sixth Head of School, Dr. Stephanie Balmer led with enthusiasm and joy. A life-long learner, she exuded a bright and intellectual vitality that inspired all who knew her. She championed the education of girls and young women, valuing each student for her unique and authentic self. Dr. Balmer was deeply committed to innovative teaching, social and emotional wellness for students, and equity and inclusion. With a lead memorial gift from John and Stephanie Currey Ingram '82, the Board of Trustees established a scholarship fund in 2018 for girls demonstrating financial need to honor the legacy of Dr. Balmer's leadership and the values which she held dear.

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.

The Barbara Haynes Scholarship Fund

 

Judge Barbara Haynes and her children,  Mandy Haynes Young, Class of '85, with husband, Stephen, Jeff and Lucy Haynes (Carrie ‘17), and Scott and Julie Haynes established this scholarship fund in 2019 with gratitude for Harpeth Hall's program of educational excellence for girls. Judge Barbara Haynes and her husband, Senator Joe Haynes (deceased 2018), sent their sons to Montgomery Bell Academy and sent Mandy to Harpeth Hall, commuting daily from Goodlettsville. Their granddaughters, Carrie Haynes '17 and Mary Neely Young '21, have followed in Mandy's footsteps.  

Judge Haynes has been a strong supporter and mentor of women throughout her career and believed that an all girls’ environment is important for the growth and strength of young women, including her daughter and granddaughters. While on the bench, she often sponsored Harpeth Hall’s girls during Winterim.  Before his death, Senator Haynes supported Barbara and Mandy in all that they did.   This scholarship benefits girls who demonstrate financial need and are enthusiastic learners from underrepresented communities, such as Goodlettsville.

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.

The Chadwell/Delony Scholarship Fund

Established in 2014 by Harpeth Hall Trustee Patty Litton Delony '66, this endowment provides opportunity for girls who demonstrate financial need, with an emphasis on ensuring economic and racial balance in the student body. Her hope is that recipients will benefit from an all girls’ education as she and her sister, Frances Delony ’69, did at Harpeth Hall, and as her mother, Jane Chadwell Delony '39, and her aunt, Patty Litton Chadwell ’35, did at Ward-Belmont.

Important Dates for Admission and Financial Aid

There are not enough words to describe the immense love and encouragement that permeates throughout Harpeth Hall's campus. To put it in the simplest way, Harpeth Hall is like the book you don't want to put down and never will.

Zora Young '19

The most important things I learned at Harpeth Hall are confidence and perseverance. There were times when I fit in with the crowd and other times I did not. Regardless, I gained the strength to overcome obstacles and keep standing. 

Tara Scarlett '91