Private academy goes against national trend for tuition

Pennsylvania

Following a $300 million campaign, Mercersburg Academy is looking to make tuition at the independent, co-educational boarding school in-reach for more families.

Head of School for Mercersburg Academy, Katherine Titus said getting students from a variety of backgrounds is important for multiple reasons.

“We are really trying to create a community here that prepares our kids for the futures and their service that they are going to give to the world beyond their years at Mercersburg,” Titus said.

According to a release from the academy, out of the money raised during the campaign, $77 million has been earmarked for financial aid.

Tuition for the 2017-2018 is just over $58,000 for students boarding at the academy. For day students, tuition sits at $39,250, according to the school’s website.

Titus said Mercersburg Academy is also going against the national trend, and is holding the tuition increase to 1.5 percent for boarding students, as compared to a 10-year average increase of greater than 4 percent.

For the 2017-2018 school year, Mercersburg Academy received 728 applications for 150 openings, according to the website.

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