How to Apply for Financial Aid

Phillips Exeter Academy is proud to use the Clarity Application to securely collect your financial aid application and supporting tax documents. Clarity offers a streamlined, mobile-friendly application that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Additionally, Clarity removes the need to upload your wage and tax information by transferring them directly from the IRS. This reduces the amount of information that you will need to enter manually and makes it possible to complete the application quickly and efficiently.

At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge.

The financial aid application process will begin in September each year. Families who have indicated that they wish to apply for financial aid will receive information on how to apply using Clarity in the early fall.

Please click here to complete a financial aid application through Clarity.

Here is a timeline to help you understand the process:

By Jan. 31:

  • Indicate that you intend to apply for financial aid on the Candidate Profile submitted via the Gateway to Prep Schools application portal.
    • Please be sure to use the exact same name and date of birth for your student on all application materials. Please do not use nicknames.
  • Complete the financial aid application through Clarity.
  • Please remember to return to your dashboard after you complete and submit your Clarity Application, as Phillips Exeter Academy may require you to upload additional documentation, including business or partnership tax documentation.

Non-U.S. residents

  • Complete the financial aid application through Clarity.
  • For families living outside the United States and who do not file U.S. tax documents, please submit official income/asset documentation for 2022, such as foreign tax returns and/or official wage statements from employers. If tax information is in a language other than English, please submit a translated copy.
  • All supporting documents (official wage statements, etc.) are to be uploaded into the Clarity Application directly.


Clarity Assistance

If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available through the “Help” button in the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish. The application itself is also fully translated into Spanish.

Supplemental Information

Exeter’s financial aid program hinges on parents financing their children’s education to the extent they are able. We assume that each parent in a family will work if there are no elementary school-age children in the household. Parents who are not working should be prepared to share why that is the case and understand that Exeter may assign an income for a non-working parent in determining a family’s financial need. Please note:

  • Families who anticipate needing financial aid at any time during their child’s tenure at Exeter need to apply for financial aid at the time of admission.
  • Exeter considers the financial resources of both legal parents, if living, before making an award. The Academy does not feel bound by the assertion, if it is made, that one parent disclaims responsibility for educational expenses. If either legal parent remarries, we consider the obligations of that parent to his or her new family. When a parent with custody remarries, we consider the resources of the step-parent. However, we do bear in mind the obligations of the step-parent to his or her own children.
  • In a divorced or separated family, a separate Financial Aid application should be submitted for each household. Please include contact information for each parent on the Gateway to Prep Schools application form.

We appreciate that every family’s situation is different. If you have questions, we are here to help. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at:

Phone: 603-777-3341


If you change your mind about requesting aid, please let the Financial Aid Office know immediately.



Submit Financial Aid Documents

Start an account with Clarity now.

Go to the page titled Submit Financial Aid Documents

Am I Eligible for Aid?

Families making less than $75,000 pay no tuition. We also have aid programs for middle- and upper-income families.

Go to the page titled Am I Eligible for Aid?


in assistance awarded as outright grants. No loans. Nothing to pay back.