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Affording Mercersburg

Applying for Financial Aid

Since 1893, Mercersburg Academy has, with extensive help from alumni, families, and friends of the school, offered students financial aid based primarily upon demonstrated financial eligibility. Mercersburg currently administers a generous financial aid program that funds more than 40 percent of the student body, predominantly in the form of grants and sometimes small, low-interest loans. Understanding that a Mercersburg education is a significant investment, the Financial Aid Committee works to determine a fair assessment of a family’s ability to provide their children with the outstanding education available here.

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  • Step One – Indicate that you intend to apply for financial aid

    To be given full consideration for financial aid, it is important that you indicate your intention to apply for financial aid on the application for admission, or by contacting the Office of Admission and Financial Aid.
  • Step Two – Complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS)

    In order to determine a family’s eligibility to receive financial aid in a fair and equitable manner, Mercersburg requires that all new and returning applicants complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) through School and Student Services (SSS) at sss.nais.org. Include Mercersburg Academy’s school code (5026) and a copy will be made accessible to Mercersburg Academy.
  • Step Three – Submit ALL financial information to SSS

    All new applicants for financial aid must submit to SSS their current year’s and their previous two year’s federal income tax returns, including W2s and 1040s with all schedules and attachments. Returning applicants for financial aid need only submit their current year’s taxes.

    For families with multiple children in tuition-charging schools, a copy of the financial aid award received at each child’s institution should be uploaded to SSS as soon as it is available to the family. The family should then notify the Office of Admission and Financial Aid that they have done so.

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  • Appeals

    Applicants for financial aid are permitted to submit one appeal for additional financial aid. To appeal, a family must upload the Mercersburg Academy Financial Aid Appeal Form (made available to families at the time of their acceptance), all new supporting documentation, and a written letter of appeal to SSS. All appeals will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee in as timely a manner as possible. The Financial Aid Committee does not guarantee that a financial aid appeal will result in additional financial aid.
  • Important Dates

    Application Deadline
    The deadline for all financial aid applications is January 31. Families may not have current year taxes available by our January 31 deadline. Current year taxes should be completed and uploaded to SSS as soon as they are available.

    Notification Date
    Applicants for financial aid are notified of their financial-aid award at the time of their acceptance.
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 440 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $6 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance to New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236
GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236
717-328-6173