How to Afford a WNA Education

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How to Afford a WNA Education

We never stop working to make West Nottingham Academy as affordable as possible and we understand that every family enters into the admission process with different financial circumstances. As a result, we offer a number of merit-based scholarships and financial aid opportunities to ensure that every family has equal access to a WNA education.

With the cost of boarding school in Maryland as high as it is, we know how important scholarship opportunities and boarding school financial aid are to students and families. In the 2020-2021 school year, close to 50 percent of all WNA domestic students received financial aid. Our goal at WNA is to make the cost of boarding school affordable by offering customized tuition as well as several payment options. We provide a number of merit-based scholarships and tuition discounts for those eligible to apply. 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.

Tuition and Fees

Type Cost
Day Student $20,400
Domestic Boarding (7-day) $54,075
Domestic Boarding (5-day) $41,200
International Boarding $63,140
Chesapeake Learning Center (full-time) $9,750
Chesapeake Learning Center (part-time) $5,850
New Student Fee $1,000
Student Account Balance Minimum $200

Important Application Deadlines

Applications, including all supporting application materials, are due to the Admission Office by late February. Decisions will be sent via email to students and families by mid-March 2021.

Applications for financial aid are due annually by late January. Financial aid awards will be sent along with admission decisions by mid-March.

Applications for admission and financial aid received after the above-noted deadlines will be considered on a rolling basis. Please contact the Admission Office to initiate the process or with any questions.

Ways to Pay

West Nottingham Academy strives to make affording and paying for the cost of boarding school in Maryland easy for parents and guardians by accepting:

  • Credit Card
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Bank Wire via Howard Bank
  • Flywire for International Students

Merit-Based Scholarships

At WNA, we do our best to equip families with the knowledge of how to get a scholarship for boarding school. Our merit-based scholarships are detailed below.

Merit-Based Signature Program Scholarships

These limited scholarships are for talented students interested in pursuing one of the three Signature Programs: Environmental Sustainability, STEM and Technology Innovation, or Visual and Performing Arts.  The scholarship will be awarded annually as a percentage of the student’s yearly tuition.  Preference is given to incoming 9th-grade students. 

  • Environmental Sustainability: These students will be active members of West Nottingham’s Student Environmental Council and will have access to additional resources the school has to offer as an MAEOE Certified Sustainable School. 
  • STEM and Technology Innovation: These students will become campus experts on the resources available in the Innovation Center, as well as pioneers of the Principles of Science and Engineering class. 

Aspiring Artists:  These students will have their own studio space on campus and will receive one-on-one time with each of the Eric Fischl ’66 Artists-in-Residence outside of classroom instruction.  They can also take advantage of a wide variety of visual and performing arts curriculum to explore their creative talents.

The James H. and William W. Bratton Scholarship

An annual scholarship to West Nottingham Academy is awarded to two underclassmen who have exhibited outstanding academic achievement.

Joseph C. Ray Jr. Scholarship in American History

The Joseph C. Ray Jr. scholarship is offered to current sophomore or junior students who display a commitment to excellence in the study of American History.

C. Herbert Foutz Scholarship

Founded by Herbert Foutz, esteemed faculty member of WNA, our largest scholarship is given to a student who embodies the spirit and motto of West Nottingham Academy.

Tuition Discounts

Legacy Discount
This tuition discount is for children of West Nottingham Academy alumni who are interested in continuing their family legacy at WNA. The discount will be awarded to first-year legacy students annually as a percentage of the yearly tuition, up to 10 percent. Please contact the Admission Office for more information on tuition discounts.

Military Discount
The students of all active, Guard, Reserves, and retired military personnel are eligible for a tuition discount of up to 10 percent off full-pay tuition. The discount will be awarded annually as a percentage of the yearly tuition. Please contact the Admission Office for more information on tuition discounts.

Sibling Discount
WNA offers a 10% discount on the full tuition of the sibling of a current full tuition student. Please contact the Admission Office for more information on tuition discounts.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much financial aid does WNA award each year?

About 50 percent of our students and their families receive some form of financial aid.

Who is eligible for financial aid?

Every student and family is considered for financial aid.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Awards are made on a yearly basis and applications to SSS must be completed 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.

Who should I speak to regarding financial aid?

Our Admissions Team is accessible via email or phone. To email our team, email To reach someone by phone, dial (410) 658-5556.

Opportunity awaits you at West Nottingham Academy!

Every day, in every activity, from the classroom to the playing fields, art studios, and club gatherings, students are exposed to a diverse community of learners from all walks of life.

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