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Financial Aid

James River Day School is committed to making its educational opportunities available to students without regard to financial circumstances.

James River Day School is committed to maintaining a socioeconomically diverse student body and does not want finances to hinder qualified students from applying. We encourage families to apply for admission even if they have questions about their ability to afford full tuition.

It is our greatest wish that no child walks away from a James River Day School education for reason of cost. If you believe your resources are not sufficient to meet the full cost of tuition, please know that we will work with you to help make the James River experience affordable.

Aid is available at all grade levels, and anyone can apply. Financial aid awards are made separately from admission decisions and are confidential.

James River Day School has several payment plans available to help families afford tuition. In Plan A, the full payment is due by July 1. In Plan B, tuition is split into two payments, 60% plus $50 administrative fee due in July and 40% due in January. In Plan C, tuition is divided into ten monthly payments with 1.5% interest on the declining balance.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
1. Complete the FACTS financial aid application.
2. Submit a copy of your most recent tax return to the attention of James River's Director of Financial Aid.
3. Submit a letter containing any relevant information that may not be reflected in the FACTS financial aid application, along with your requested award amount, to the attention of James River's Director of Financial Aid.
For assistance with the financial aid process, families new to James River Day School should contact the Associate Head of School for Enrollment (434-384-7385 x105). Families returning to James River Day School should contact the Director of Financial Aid (434-384-7385 x112) for assistance.

The Financial Aid Committee (consisting of the Director of Financial Aid and both Associate Heads of School) reviews each application and makes determinations based on the above information. All information is kept strictly confidential.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will applying for financial aid hinder my child's chances of being admitted to James River Day School? No, financial aid and admissions are separate processes.

Do I make too much money to apply for aid? Income levels for families receiving aid range widely, and there is no maximum income level to qualify. Awards are based on a family's individual circumstances and demonstrated needs.

If I apply for aid, will my child be known as a "financial aid kid"? No, the financial aid process is confidential. Students and faculty do not know which families have applied for, or are receiving, assistance.